We will assume that you know the rules of Solitaire, and will concentrate on the specific features of our Klondike/Vegas web Solitaire game.
This site allows playing two versions of Solitaire, each with two modes. The available combinations are:
The version/mode (K1, K3, V1, or V3) is listed in the top-right corner of the screen.
The game starts automatically when you load the page for the first time. The default version is Klondike Solitaire Draw 1 (K1). Since the game stores its session in the browser, the next time you access the site, it will pick up from where you’ve left. The game saves the session for each version/mode independently, and if you switch between them, the relevant state of the game will be loaded.
There is a designated New Game button if you would like to leave the current game and start a new one.
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There is a hamburger icon in the top-left section of the screen (), which opens a menu with a few options. Among them, there are two checkboxes:Draw 3 Vegas
They allow switching between the available versions/modes directly. The combinations are as follows:Klondike Solitaire Draw 1 (K1) Draw 3: unchecked Vegas: unchecked
Marking the boxes will reload the game into the specific mode. If there is a saved session, the game will pick up from there. If there is no session saved, then a new game will be loaded.
The menu also features a link to a Klondike stats section, a button to reset the Vegas games money stats and a switch between light and dark mode.
The top bar has an Undo button, which will allow you to undo your moves until the beginning of the particular game.
The Hint button will give a visual hint for the available moves.
When you click the Stock pile, a card (or three cards) is/are opened to the left in a pile called “Waste”. There are two indicators on the Stock pile: x/x. The top one lists the available number of cycles of the Stock pile. The value is infinite for the Klondike version. However, there is a limit in Vegas mode. In Vegas Draw 1 mode (V1) you can cycle through the Stock pile just once. In Vegas Draw 3 (V3), the Stock pile can be cycled three times.
The bottom value of the x/x indicator lists the number of cards that are left in the Stock pile.
Klondike Solitaire is probably the most popular version of Solitaire. Klondike Solitaire is a game played with a standard deck of 52 cards. The goal of the game is to move all cards to the four Foundation piles in ascending order from Ace to King.
The game begins with seven Tableau piles containing an ascending number of cards from left to right. The first pile has one card, the second pile has two cards, and so on until the seventh pile which has seven cards. The top card of each pile is face up and the remaining cards are face down.
The Stock pile contains the remaining cards that have not been dealt. The top card of the Stock pile is turned over and placed in a separate pile called the Waste pile.
Cards can be moved from one Tableau pile to another in descending order and alternating colors. For example, a red Queen can be placed on a black King. A card can also be moved from the Waste pile to a Tableau pile or to a Foundation pile if it follows the rules for moving cards in those piles.
If there are no more moves available in the Tableau or Waste piles, then you can turn over one or three cards at a time from the Stock pile to form a new Waste pile. Our Klondike Solitaire version allows going through the Stock pile unlimited times. The game is won when all cards have been moved to the Foundation piles in ascending order from Ace to King.
Vegas Solitaire is a gambling version of Klondike Solitaire, based on the standard Solitaire Rules of Klondike.
The main difference between Klondike Solitaire and Vegas Solitaire is that Vegas scoring is utilized in Vegas Solitaire. In Vegas scoring, you buy a deck of cards for $52 and get paid $5 for every card played to the Foundation. In Vegas Draw 1, you can go through the Stock pile once, while in Vegas Draw 3 you can cycle through the stock three times.
Draw 1 vs Draw 3 (Deal 1 vs Deal 3)
Choosing to draw three cards makes the game significantly harder. This is especially valid for the Vegas mode. Although you can cycle throug the Stock pile three times, drawing three cards makes winning the game even more complicated.
Here's an example of a Classic Solitaire game being played:
How to win?
Well, this is not always possible. About 80% of the Klondike Solitaire games are winnable. If you get stuck, then you can use the Undo button to take some steps back, and try an alternative strategy. if this does not help, then hit the New Game icon and move on.
Try to work predominantly with the cards from the Tableau.
Create sequences there and try to open as many hidden cards as possible.
When there are no more options in the Tableau, open a card from the Stock and check again.
Move all the Aces and Deuces to the Foundation piles immediately when possible.
Do not empty a Tableau pile if you do not have a King to put it in.
Don't move recklessly cards from the Stock pile to the Tableau.
Try to disperse the cards that you move to the Foundation piles between the different colors. Sometimes you may have to skip a card in order to allow moving a sequence between the Tableau columns.
The Vegas Solitaire flavor requires a different strategy. Being cautious is not always helpful there.
Winning a game is rather rare. Instead, the goal of Vegas Solitaire is to place as many cards in the Foundation piles as possible while having in mind that you have limited attempts to cycle the Stock pile. More cards in the Foundation piles mean more money to get you back in black.
In other words, being a bit reckless in Vegas sometimes pays off.
Monitor the number of cards that are left in the Stock and adjust your strategy accordingly.
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