Everyone has heard of the cards, but few know how to play solitaire with real cards. In the game of solitaire, players take turns playing with a random set of cards. The deck is shuffled and each player gets one turn.
In a round, one player is dealt a hand of four cards and the next player is dealt a hand of three cards. The first card is always facing up. It is face up until the dealer places it into the player’s hand. At this point, the next card is face down. It may be the ace of spades, the ten of hearts, or the king of clubs.
On the second player’s turn, that player will get to pick a card. Any card can be picked off of the deck, but some cards are easier to pick than others. As long as a card can be picked off of the deck, it can be picked off of the table.
For example, in a two-player game, each player can play any card he/she has in their hand. But in a four-player game, only one player can play cards, even if he/she has more than four cards in his/her hand. (If there are five players, then one person can pick four cards.) This allows the first player to “counterpunch” and pick a card that may not be picked off of the deck, while still making sure that no one else can “lock in” a card by picking it off of the table.
Lastly, players also have to pick their cards properly. If two players deal with two different cards at the same time, each player has to roll a die and check the number that the die indicates. If this number is greater than the number of cards in the hands of the other players, the other players are out of the game.
You can usually tell when your opponent is taking the game too seriously. It is important to realize that the game is called Solitaire simply because there are no cards left in the deck. When a player does not play cards at all, the game is known as no-limit.
Hopefully, you now understand how to play solitaire with real cards. It is a fun, easy game to learn and teach.