Pyramid Solitaire is an exciting combination of classic solitaire and a simple adding game. Instead of a tableau that’s a straight line, as in Klondike solitaire, Pyramid solitaire features a triangle-shaped tableau made up of overlapping rows.

The object of the Pyramid Solitaire game is to remove pairs of cards that add up to the total of the highest card in the deck from a pyramid arrangement of 28 cards.


Show the cards from the draw pile, one at a time. If a card from the draw pile is not used, it should be covered up by the next card from the draw pile. It can be used later in the game, but only if it gets uncovered because any draw pile cards on top of it are able to be discarded.

Pairs of exposed cards that total 13 are removed and placed in a single discard pile at the top left of the play area. Aces count as 1, Jacks 11, Queens 12 and Kings total 13 in themselves and as such, are discarded as a single card rather than as a pair. Discarding is always optional, sometimes it is better not to discard.

Cards in the pyramid are “exposed” if no cards are overlapping them. Only one card from the draw pile is “exposed” at any given time in the game.

Rather than that of revealing cards from the draw pile one at a time, reveal them in sets of three. 

The first set of three is laid on the table to start with three distinct piles. When future draws are made, the three new cards are spread over these three piles. The order in which cards are placed on the piles should remain the same throughout the Pyramid game.

The Pyramid Solitaire game ends when all of the cards have been removed from the pyramid or when the draw pile has been emptied, whichever conditions happens first the game ends.

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