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Pyramid Solitaire is a fun solitaire game that is quite different from normal solitaire – in most solitaire games you build cards on a base, but in Pyramid Solitaire you remove cards! Cards can only be removed when they total 13. With its easily recognizable (pyramid-shaped) layout and requiring a combination of luck and skill, this is a popular solitaire game played by many.

The basic rules are …

  • You win if you can remove ALL cards from the game
  • Cards are removed in pairs, when they total 13
  • You can treat from the heel at any time
  • You get 2 heel discounts
  • Only a maximum of 2 cards are visible from the stub at any time

You can only use fully uncovered cards (if a card is in the pyramid but covered by another card, you cannot select it)
For example, if part of the pyramid looks like this …

... K... 

... Q.7...
..2.4.7..
.5.8.K.J.

Initially, you will not be able to pair the Jack with both (because both are covered by the five and the eight cards). Start by removing the five and eight. Now card 2 will be uncovered and can be combined with card Jack.

The possible pairings in Pyramid Solitaire are …

King

Six Seven
Five Eight
Four Nine
Three Ten
Two Jack
Ace Queen

Kings are a special case, which are removed from themselves.

Solitaire Pyramid Tips

  • Don’t just automatically combine all the cards you see. Knowing when to match and when to wait is usually the difference between winning and losing.
  • Always remove kings as soon as you can. There is never any reason to keep them in play.
  • Look for cards “trapped” by other cards below. You may need to remove specific cards in a certain order to access them

Here is an example of a “trick” card …

... 2... 

... 5.3...
..8.8.4..
.7.8.6.6.

Notice that the five has 3 eights below it. The five are removed along with the eight, so we’ll have to pay special attention to this reversal. This 5 cannot be matched to any of the eight below. Wherever the other 8 are, we’ll have to keep them for THIS five. If we use it on five more, we will never be able to remove this one and the game will become impossible to win.

It might sound a bit complicated, but don’t worry too much, you’ll start to understand it effortlessly as you play.

The pyramid solitaire can sometimes be quite difficult. In fact, some transactions are actually impossible to complete. You can still win quite often – the data collected from Dailysol show that you can win around 60% of the games, so make sure you don’t give up too early!

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