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Top 10 Solitaire Card Games

The best single-player games using a standard deck of cards


When you're looking to play some games but no opponents can be found, these solitaire card games can be just what you're looking for.

1. Klondike Solitaire

Klondike Solitaire
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Klondike Solitaire is probably the most popular version of Solitaire played today. It's also known as Fascination and Demon Patience. Sometimes, Klondike Solitaire is erroneously referred to as Canfield.

2. Pyramid Solitaire

Pyramid Solitaire
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Pyramid Solitaire, also known as Solitaire 13 and Pile of 28, has very simple rules and takes just a few minutes to play each hand.

3. Canfield Solitaire

The real Canfield Solitaire (as opposed to Klondike, which is often referred to as Canfield), according to Hoyle's Rules of Games, was named after the proprietor of a Florida gambling establishment in the 1890s. Players could buy a deck of cards for $50 and win back $5 for each card they played onto a foundation, or $500 if they were able to play all 52 cards.

4. Golf Solitaire

Golf Solitaire
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The card game Golf Solitaire derives its name from the fact that the lower you score, the better you've done. Apart from that, it has no connection to the real game of golf.

5. Yukon Solitaire

Yukon Solitaire
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Yukon Solitaire is a cousin of Klondike Solitaire, one of the most popular solitaire card games. The differences include the ability to move groups of cards, and that all of the cards are dealt at the start of the game (although some are dealt face down).

6. Poker Solitaire

Poker Solitaire
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This solitaire card game incorporates elements of Poker, as players build a 5x5 grid and try to make the best possible Poker hands in each row and column.

7. Baker's Dozen Solitaire

Baker's Dozen
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Baker's Dozen Solitaire is a distant relative to Klondike Solitaire and a very close relative of Good Measure. It's name comes from the 13 columns dealt at the start of the game.

8. Good Measure Solitaire

Good Measure
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Good Measure Solitaire is a very close relative of Baker's Dozen, with two Aces removed at the beginning of the game to start foundations.

9. Little Spider Solitaire

Little Spider Solitaire is a 20-minute game that gives players plenty of choices to make. A good player should win this card game more than half the time.

10. Accordion Solitaire

Playing by the standard rules, Accordion Solitaire is a difficult game to win. However, it provides plenty of opportunity to plan ahead and make tactical choices. Because winning is such a challenge, Accordion is sometimes called Idle Year.
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