Are There Any Card Games for One Person?

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By Ralph Torres

Are you looking for a way to pass the time without relying on anyone else? Or maybe you just want to challenge yourself with a game that doesn’t require a partner.

Whatever the reason, there are actually quite a few card games that can be played by one person. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular options.

1. Solitaire

Solitaire is perhaps the most well-known card game for one person.

The goal is to move all of the cards from their original layout on the table to four foundation piles in ascending order by suit. There are different variations of solitaire, such as Klondike and Spider, which have slightly different rules and levels of difficulty.

2. Patience

Patience is another classic one-player card game that has been around for centuries.

The objective is to build up eight foundation piles in ascending order by suit, starting with Ace and ending with King. The rest of the cards are placed in a stock pile, which can be drawn from as needed.

3. FreeCell

FreeCell is a variation of solitaire that allows for more strategic play. The objective is to move all 52 cards to four foundation piles in ascending order by suit, but unlike traditional solitaire, any card can be moved at any time as long as there is an open space on the tableau (the area where cards are initially laid out).

4. Pyramid

In Pyramid, also known as Tut’s Tomb or Solitair-Pyramid, the player tries to remove pairs of cards that add up to 13 from a pyramid-shaped layout on the table until all cards have been removed or no more pairs can be made.

5. Golf

Golf is a card game for one that involves trying to get the lowest score possible over nine rounds.

Each round consists of laying out a tableau of five cards and trying to remove them by building up or down in suit. The remaining cards are counted as points, with the goal being to have the fewest points at the end of the game.

6. Clock

Clock is a simple one-player card game that involves laying out all 52 cards in a circular pattern on the table, with Kings at 12 o’clock, Queens at 3 o’clock, Jacks at 6 o’clock, and Aces at 9 o’clock. The player then tries to remove all cards in pairs that add up to 13.

7. Canfield

Canfield is another variation of solitaire that is known for its difficulty. The objective is to move all cards to four foundation piles in ascending order by suit, but unlike traditional solitaire, there are also reserve piles that can be used strategically.


As you can see, there are plenty of options when it comes to card games for one person. Whether you prefer classic solitaire or want to try something new and challenging like Canfield or Pyramid, there’s sure to be a game that will keep you entertained for hours on end.