You can discard cards regardless of their suit (e.g. Completed sequences of cards of the same suit will be automatically cleared from the table.

Spider Solitaire is played with a total of 104 cards.

At the start of the game 10 stacks of cards (totalling 54 cards) are placed on the gaming table. The remaining 50 cards are placed in 5 stacks each containing 10 cards. The aim of the game is to arrange all cards on the table into sequences.

The web site is devoted mostly to games for more than one player, but on this page I have provided some links to sites which specialise in one-player games.

Some of these sites contain rules or analysis, and many of them provide software, since these solitary games are particularly suitable for play against a computer.

Every player begins with the same cards, meaning everyone has equal chances at winning.

The remaining time in the game is shown at the edge of the gaming table (you have 30 minutes in total to play a round of Spider Solitaire), along with your current bet and credit.

Here is an archive copy of Gordon Bower's Solitaire pages, which have rules of several solitaires, old and new, and investigations of the probability of winning.

For information about Freecell, see Michael Keller's Freecell site, including a tutorial, a catalog of solutions and free computer program Freecell Pro.

If you no longer see an opportunity to make a useful move, you can end the game prematurely by clicking on the relevant button. For every turn you take, a minus point is levied against your score.

Positive points earned in play are then used to calculate your final score.

Patience is a slick game that requires less space than most games in the section PC games.