How to Play Downhill Solitaire

Downhill solitaire is a difficult solitaire game using two decks of playing cards.

Downhill Solitaire Rules

| Players: 1 | Type: Solitaire | Supplies: 2 Decks |


The objective of downhill solitaire is to build the foundation piles from ace to king, following suit.


Deal out a row of ten tableau piles. The first pile on the left has one card, each subsequent tableau pile to the right has one more card than the last, until the tenth pile has ten cards. Only the top card of each tableau pile is dealt face up, the rest underneath are dealt face down. Place the remaining deck face down to form the stock.

Game Play

Aces are removed from the tableau and played above the stock to form a foundation pile as they become available. There are eight foundation piles, two per suit. Foundation piles are built from ace up in sequence to king, in suit. To add an available card to a foundation pile, it must be one rank higher and of the same suit as the foundation pile it is being added to.

Only the top card of each tableau pile is available for play onto the foundation piles. You may build tableau piles down in sequence and alternating color. A card or group of cards in the proper sequence may be moved from one tableau pile to another as long as the sequence is not disrupted when added to another pile. When the top card of a tableau pile is face down, flip it face up. When a tableau pile becomes empty, you may fill the space with an available king from another tableau pile, or a proper sequence of cards that starts with a king.

When there are no more moves available, deal out one card from the stock face up to each of the tableau piles, even if a tableau pile is empty.

To Win

To win downhill solitaire, all cards must be built onto the foundation piles. If the player runs out of moves before all cards are on the foundation piles, downhill solitaire is lost.


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