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How to Play Double Solitaire

Posted by homeschoolmentormom on May 10, 2011

   Here are the Lemons’ Family Rules for double solitaire:

   Tip: Start with two different sets of cards–cards that look different so that they are easy to separate at the end of the game. Remove the Jokers.

   Sit facing your opponent. Each player sets up his/her own, traditional Solitaire game, leaving space in the middle for runs starting with aces as usual. There are no turns; as soon as both players are ready, just say “go” and start playing (it’s a race!)  The goal of the game, just like in single solitaire, is to use all your cards–those under the 7 piles, and those in your hand. Play is the same as with single solitaire, except:

-You may play on your opponents cards, but you may not move your opponent’s cards.

-You may fill any empty space in your cards, but not your opponents.

-You may fill your empty spaces with any card that you choose (doesn’t have to be a King).

-Both players can play in the center space (the ace runs) at will, including removing end-cards to use elsewhere. BUT you cannot split the runs to remove cards or build more runs. All runs in the center must start with aces.

-If both players cannot play, they can agree to change the way they use their card pile–the cards you hold in your hand. I.E., instead of going through the card pile by 3’s, you can agree to go by 2’s. This rarely happens; usually the game goes fast and furious until someone is “out.” 

  Have fun! ~Susan

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