Rules for Double Klondike

Family: Klondike
Categories: Popular, Two-Deck
Variants: Gargantua,Klondike Strict, Klondike Familiar, Klondike Easy,Thumb and Pouch
Also Known As:  

This is a two-deck variation of the popular and widely-known Klondike. Except for the greater number of cards and piles, the rules are identical to those of Klondike Familiar. But Double Klondike is much easier to win, and games last longer.


There are eight foundations, which are initially empty. There are nine tableau piles, fanned down. The first tableau starts with one card, the second with two cards, and so on to the ninth, which starts with nine cards. The top card of each tableau is face up and the rest are face down. The remaining cards are kept face down in the hand.


Tableaus build down, alternating red and black. The top card of the wastepile and partial or full builds from the tableaus may be built onto the tableaus. Only Kings or builds whose bottom card is a King may be played to an empty tableau pile.

Foundations build up in suit. Top cards of tableaus and wastepile are available for building onto the foundations. Only an Ace may be played to an empty foundation.


You may deal at any time by taking a three-card packet from the hand and turning it face up onto the wastepile. You may redeal indefinitely: when the hand is empty, pick up the entire wastepile and turn it face down to form a new hand.


The goal is to move all the cards onto the foundations. Solitaire Till Dawn uses casino scoring by charging $104 a game, and paying back $5 for every card played to the foundations. (It’s not real money, so don’t worry!)


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