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Spider (Two Suits) Solitaire

The classic game of Spider is played with two decks (104 cards). This version is played with two suits (spades and hearts). Its name is derived from the eight stacks you build representing the spiders legs. This is a harder version of one-suit Spider.

Difficulty: Average

Rules provide a challenge.

Odds of winning: High

Win about 2 in 3 games (65%).

Duration: Long

More than 10 minutes per game.

Skill Level: Mostly Skill

Winning is mostly determined by skill. A small amount of luck is involved.

How to Play Spider (Two Suits)

Game Objective

Remove all the cards, leaving none in the stock or tableaus.

Tableau Rules

  • There are ten tableaus.
  • Any card may move to an empty tableau.
  • The tableaus build down by rank regardless of suit. Complete sequences of the same suit starting with a King and ending with an Ace are automatically removed.
  • For example the 7♠ may move onto the 8♠, 8♥. Starting with the 7♥ the following sequence can build on top 6♠ 5♠ 4♥ 3♥.
  • Sequences of cards built down by the same suit can move together as a group.

Stock Rules

  • The stock deals one card face up to each of the tableaus when tapped. Every tableau must have at least one card before dealing from the stock.

Strategy & Tips

  1. Aim to build down by the same suit when possible, minimize mixing suits. Although you may mix hearts and spades while building down, only the sections of the same suit can be moved between the tableaus and only full 'legs' of the same suit will be removed.

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