This article contains everything you need to know about Arkadium's Klondike Solitaire game. 


Use the list below to navigate specific topics about Klondike Solitaire.

How to play

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Klondike solitaire is one of the most straightforward ways to play this classic patience game.

Difference between Classic and Klondike solitaire. The classic version of the game uses a single 52 playing cards. Klondike solitaire begins with the cards being shuffled before 28 cards are then dealt out onto the table in seven piles.

Goal. The aim of Klondike solitaire is to order a 52-deck of cards into four suited piles, with the ace of the suit at the top and the king at the bottom.

The piles are called tableaus and they are laid out on the table from left to right:

  • Single card

  • Two cards

  • Three cards

  • Four cards

  • Five cards

  • Six cards

  • Seven cards

The bottom card in each tableau is face-up and the remaining 24 cards (those not dealt out) remain in a single pile called the stock.

NOTE: once all the cards are laid out, you then move individual cards from the stock to make your four suited piles


How to make moves. This is how to move your cards when you’re playing Klondike solitaire online:

  • Stack solitaire cards sequentially from ace to king by suit on the foundation piles. Each foundation has its own suit.

  • Cards on the table can be placed on cards that are one higher than them and the opposite color. You can move multiple cards at a time as long as the entire group you’re moving is in descending order and alternating color.

  • Only kings or sequential groups that have a king at the top can be placed on empty columns.

  • Cards are dealt from the reserve to the waste one or three at a time, based on which you chose to start.

You can play the top card on the waste to the table or to the foundations.

Now that you know how to make moves in solitaire, you just need to decide whether to play the games that waste one or three cards at a time.


NOTE: classic Klondike Solitaire deals three cards at a time, but one card is easier for beginners


Our version of Klondike solitaire is a patience game and it lets you choose from one or three-card deals. 

You can cycle through the waste and reserve endlessly until you run out of possible moves.


Klondike Solitaire is a game of patience. This means you should put real thought into the moves you make and be prepared to persevere with the games you play — you won’t win in a single move.


But while patience is the game, there are some great tips you can use to increase your chances of winning when you’re playing free solitaire online:


Ace. Always move an ace or deuce card to the foundation whenever it is possible. This increases your chance of winning at Klondike solitaire.


Unexposed cards. If you have multiple move options, you'll want to choose from the column that contains the largest number of unexposed cards.


Open more moves. The best move is always the one that opens up other moves. So, think ahead when you’re moving cards.


Long suits. You'll want to avoid building up one suit of Klondike solitaire cards relative to others in the foundation. Doing this generally makes it hard to flip over additional solitaire cards in the tableau of a color opposite to the “long” suit in the foundation.


Undo function. Remember that you can change your mind when you make moves. This is because you're playing an online version of Klondike solitaire, so you have unlimited use of the undo function.


General scoring. There are several possible situations in this game:

  • Transfer of a card from the tableau, when a new card is revealed: 15 points

  • Transfer of a card from the tableau, when a new card is not revealed: 10 points

  • Transferring a card from the stock pile to a foundation pile: 10 points

  • Transferring one card under another (and also to an empty space): 5 points

  • Transferring the last card (there are no other cards behind it): 0 points

  • Remaining time bonus: number of seconds remaining