How to Play Base Pyramid Solitaire

Base pyramid solitaire is an easier variant of pyramid solitaire.

Base Pyramid Solitaire Rules

| Players: 1 | Type: Solitaire | Supplies: 1 Deck |


The objective of base pyramid is to remove all the cards from the pyramid in pairs that have an equal value of 13.


Lay out a pyramid with seven rows. The first/top row has one card, the second row is staggered below with two cards, and so on adding an additional row and an additional card per row until the seventh row has seven cards. Deal out an additional row of seven face up cards underneath the pyramid to form a reserve row, this reserve row is not staggered with the pyramid, and is not part of the pyramid. Place the remaining deck face up to form the stock.

Card Value

King: 13
Queen: 12
Jack: 11
2-10: Face Value
Ace: 1

Game Play

Any uncovered card in the pyramid, cards in the reserve, and the top card of the stock pile and waste pile are available for play. To remove a card from the pyramid, it must be paired with another available card, and the two cards must have a combined value of 13. Kings are removed by themselves since they are worth 13. Cards removed in pairs, and kings removed by themselves, are removed from the game.

At any time, take the top card of the stock pile and add it to the waste pile, face up. There are two redeals, when the stock is depleted, you may use the waste pile to form a new stock, only twice.

Valid Pairs

King (discarded alone)

To Win

To win base pyramid solitaire, all cards must be removed from the pyramid. If the player depletes the stock twice, and runs out of moves before the pyramid is depleted, base pyramid solitaire is lost.


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