Free Online Classic Solitaire

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How to Play Classic Solitaire

The goal of classic solitaire is to move each of the cards to the four foundations found on the top right of the game.

How to Play Classic Solitaire Online in 7 Simple Steps

Step 1: Decide how many cards you want to draw

Before starting the game you have the option of drawing one or three solitaire cards. Three will make the game more challenging, while one is better for beginners.

Step 2: Flip a card to find its value

Click on a face-down solitaire card to flip it face up and see its value.

Step 3: Drag cards onto cards of opposite color and suit

You should click and drag a card onto any card of an opposite suit and color. The card you drag needs to be one rank lower than the one you’re placing it on — for example, you can drag an eight onto a nine). Aces are considered the lowest value cards, while kings are the highest.

Step 4: Draw cards by clicking on the deck

Click on the deck in the upper left corner to draw cards.

Step 5: Double click aces to add them to card foundations

Drag or double click aces to add them to one of the four card foundations that can be found in the upper right corner of the game. Aces need to be at the top of the card pile.

Step 6: Add kings to empty stacks

Kings can be dragged to empty card stacks. Kings need to be at the bottom of the card foundations.

Step 7: Fill the foundations by suit & in ascending order

The goal is to fill the four foundation stacks with cards separated by suit and arranged in order of value, from lowest to highest (Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, jack, queen, king).

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About Classic Solitaire

We're the Classic Solitaire pros—we created the Microsoft Solitaire Collection that comes pre-installed on Microsoft Windows, which is very likely the computer you are using today. Yes, that game.

Classic solitaire is perhaps the most popular card game on the planet. And with good reason — it’s an easy to learn, hard to master game of strategy, skill, and stoicism that’s a great way to both relax and focus your mind. And perhaps most importantly, solitaire is a great game of patience and perseverance for players of all ages.

Our free classic solitaire game lets you choose to draw either one or three cards at a time, making it ideal for both beginners and experienced players alike. It’s also great for mid-range players who want to take their classic solitaire online gaming to the next level. Of course, practice makes perfect!

What is the Average Win Rate for Solitaire?

And here's a fun fact about our Classic Solitaire game: on average, the chances of winning are roughly 1 out of every 3 games, but this depends significantly on whether you decide to draw one or three cards at a time, and how much experience and strategy you bring to the table. Good luck putting your strategies to the test, and we hope you enjoy playing our free online classic solitaire game

What is Classic Solitaire?

Classic solitaire is the most widely-played version of the world’s most popular patience game — 35 million people play solitaire every month and many of them will be playing classic solitaire games. That's roughly 10% of the US population!

Patience games have been played since at least the 17th century but received a boost in popularity at the start of the 1990s. This was due to Microsoft Solitaire being included as part of Windows 3.0. While Arkadium wasn't the publisher of that version, we did indeed create later versions of the Microsoft Solitaire collection that comes on every Windows computer. So, we're kind of proud to admit that we are indeed the classic solitaire pros!

The creation of free online classic solitaire games means that now more people than ever are able to play this great strategy pastime. In fact, you can see how your classic solitaire skills compare against tens of thousands of players worldwide by seeing how you rank on our leaderboard.

So, try our free classic solitaire game now and join the millions of people across the globe that play this classic card game of patience and perseverance!