Are There Any Card Games You Can Play by Yourself?

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By Monica Bates

Card games have always been a great way to spend time with friends and family, but what if you find yourself alone with a deck of cards Is there any way to enjoy card games without a partner or group of people to play with

The answer is yes! There are actually several card games that you can play by yourself. In this article, we will explore some of the most popular solo card games and how to play them.

1. Solitaire

Solitaire is perhaps the most well-known solo card game. It’s easy to set up and doesn’t require any special equipment other than a standard deck of cards. The objective of the game is to move all the cards onto four foundation piles, sorted by suit and in ascending order from Ace to King.

To play Solitaire:

  1. Deal seven piles of cards, with the first pile containing one card, the second pile containing two cards, and so on. The last pile should contain seven cards.
  2. Turn over the top card of each pile.
  3. Move any Aces you draw onto the foundation piles.
  4. Move any cards you can onto other piles, following descending order and alternating colors (i.e., black on red or red on black).
  5. Draw new cards from the deck as needed until all possible moves have been made or until you win by moving all cards onto the foundation piles.

2. Freecell

Freecell is another popular solo card game that’s similar to Solitaire but offers more strategy and complexity. The objective is to move all the cards onto four foundation piles in ascending order by suit, but unlike Solitaire, you can move any card to an empty cell.

To play Freecell:

  1. Deal eight piles of cards, with the first four piles containing seven cards and the last four piles containing six cards.
  2. Move cards onto other piles or empty cells in descending order and alternating colors.
  3. Only Kings can be placed in empty columns. Once a column is empty, it must remain so for the rest of the game.

3. Pyramid

Pyramid is another solo card game that’s played with a standard deck of cards. The objective is to remove pairs of cards that add up to 13 from a pyramid-shaped tableau until all cards have been removed.

To play Pyramid:

  1. Create a pyramid-shaped tableau by dealing out 28 cards face down in seven rows, with each row having one more card than the row above it.
  2. Turn over the top card of each row.
  3. Remove any pairs of cards that add up to 13 (i., Ace and Queen, Two and Jack).
  4. If no pairs can be removed, draw one card at a time from the deck and continue looking for pairs until you win by removing all cards or lose if there are no more moves available.

4. Golf

Golf is another fun solo card game that’s easy to play and doesn’t require any special equipment. The objective is to have the lowest score possible by matching cards in your hand with cards on the table.

To play Golf:

  1. Deal six piles of four cards each, face down.
  2. Turn over the top card of each pile, leaving the remaining cards face down.
  3. The remaining cards become the draw pile.
  4. Match one card from your hand with one card on the table. If they match, remove them from play and replace them with new cards from the draw pile.

    If they don’t match, leave them where they are and try again.

  5. The game ends when all cards have been matched. Your score is determined by adding up the point values of any unmatched cards in your hand (face cards are worth 10 points, Aces are worth 1 point, and all other cards are worth their face value).


While playing card games alone may not be as social as playing with a group of people, it can still be a fun way to pass the time and challenge yourself. By learning these solo card games, you’ll always have a fun activity to enjoy whenever you find yourself with a deck of cards and some free time.