If you’re looking for a fun way to pass the time, single person card games are a great option. These games can be played alone and require only a deck of cards.
There are many different types of single person card games, some of which are easier than others. In this article, we’ll go over some popular single person card games and how to play them.
Patience games are some of the most popular single person card games. They involve moving cards around to create sequences or sets. Here are three examples:
1. Klondike Solitaire
Klondike Solitaire is perhaps the most well-known single person card game.
To play, shuffle a deck of cards and deal out seven piles with the first pile containing one card, the second pile containing two cards, and so on until the last pile has seven cards. Turn over the top card in each pile and place it face up.
The objective is to move all of the cards onto four foundation piles in ascending order from Ace to King, with each pile representing one suit. You can move cards around by placing them on top of other cards in descending order with alternating colors (for example, a red 7 can be placed on top of a black 8). You can also move groups of cards if they are in descending order with alternating colors.
If you run out of moves, you can draw from a stock pile that contains the remaining cards. Once all cards have been moved to their respective foundation piles or there are no more moves available, the game is over.
2. Spider Solitaire
Spider Solitaire is another popular patience game that involves creating sequences. To play, shuffle a deck of cards and deal out ten piles with each pile containing four face-down cards and one face-up card.
The objective is to create eight sequences of cards in descending order with the same suit. You can move cards around by placing them on top of other cards in descending order with alternating colors. Once all eight sequences have been created, the game is over.
3. Pyramid Solitaire
Pyramid Solitaire involves removing pairs of cards that add up to 13. To play, shuffle a deck of cards and deal out a pyramid-shaped formation with one card at the top and seven cards at the bottom.
To remove a pair of cards, both must be uncovered and their values must add up to 13. Kings are valued at 13 and can be removed on their own.
Once a pair has been removed, it is placed in a discard pile. The game is won when all pairs have been removed or there are no more moves available.
Other Single Person Card Games
In addition to patience games, there are other single person card games that don’t involve creating sequences or sets:
1. Clock Patience
Clock Patience involves dealing out twelve piles in a clock formation with one card in each pile face-up and the rest face-down.
The objective is to remove all of the face-up cards by finding pairs that add up to twelve (for example, an Ace and a Jack). You can only remove one pair per minute (representing each hour on the clock), so there’s a time limit to this game.
Golf involves creating sets of three or four cards with the same value. To play, shuffle a deck of cards and deal out seven piles containing five cards each face-down.
The objective is to create as many sets as possible by swapping cards from the seven piles with cards from the deck. Each set created counts as one point and the game is over when all cards have been used. Accordion
Accordion involves moving cards around to create a single pile in ascending or descending order with alternating colors. To play, shuffle a deck of cards and deal out one row of seven cards face-down, then another row of six cards with one card overlapping each card in the first row and so on until there’s only one card in the last row.
To move a card, it must be uncovered and can be placed on top of another card if it follows the ascending or descending order rule. The game is won when all cards have been moved into a single pile or there are no more moves available.
Single person card games are a great way to pass the time and challenge your mind. Whether you prefer patience games or other types of single person card games, there are plenty of options to choose from. So grab a deck of cards and start playing!