The word Solitaire is commonly incorrectly used to refer to any type of card game called Patience or Klondike in the UK. In fact, there are many forms of Solitaire games available. Klondike remains to be the most popular version of Solitaire. This article covers some of the popular variations of Solitaire and their advantages.
There are three versions of solitaire games – American, European and British. The American version is the basis of the British version and is different only by using a few additional tiles. The European version is very similar except for the substitution of some cards. The British version is based on the foundations of the American version with a few differences. Here, all tiles are used.
Pyramid solitaire games are very popular. In these games, a layout of the cards is laid on the table. Then, three concentric circles, each containing one card are marked on the tableau. These circles represent the four suites of the suit containing the ace, king, queen and king. A player may cross any of these circles without taking his card from the tableau. In some cases, if a player has no cards in his suite, the game may still continue as long as one card is discarded and a new suit is won.
In the European solitaire games, the main focus is on the arrangement of the piles. Thus, it does not involve the important factor of being able to form the highest possible five-card combination. Although some variation of the game involves having fewer cards than required in the deck, most European solitaire games that I have played required at least four cards to make a complete layout. This means that the game may require a little more thinking than would be required for regular poker. However, the reasoning behind the requirement of four cards is that in regular poker, if a player has an option of choosing a different number of cards, it could affect his strategy.
In comparison to other types of solitaire games, freecell is the simplest. Freecell is played on a single nine-hole table with one free cell available per game. The object of the game is to eliminate all the cards by suit before the last card is turned over.
In order to obtain a higher ranking, you need to reduce your card choices. Most experts recommend that beginners start with the no-buy version of Solitaire before trying out different versions with different sets of 52 playing cards. The standard rules for playing with the standard deck and the foundation stacks are the same for all solitaire games. When you draw a card, you must place it face up in the chosen position, unless you have selected the top card from a suit that would make it impossible to place it otherwise. The most important thing is to remember that the objective is to eliminate all cards from the deck, starting with the first one on the left-hand side and ending with the last card on the right-hand side.