Spider Solitaire is perhaps one of the most popular two-card solitaire games, and is easily among the most enjoyable types of solitaire as well. The name, spider, comes from the appearance of a spider’s spidery legs, referring to the number of eight-legged piles that must all be filled in order to win the game.
The first version of this game was invented by Pauling and Vesterbacka in 1947. A version based on the rules of monopoly was also created. There are many variations of this game today. Spider Solitaire is one variation in which the player uses a deck of cards containing twenty-two cards, including a five-card “spinner deck” to complete his or her winning strategy.
When starting out, it may be helpful to have some idea of how the game will play out with each deck, as there are a variety of rules for how each deck is used. The basic rules are as follows: Each player starts the game by choosing a hand of four cards, called the “deck.” They will then select from the deck, according to their available hand strength, the card they want to play.
If the player has played all his or her cards, it is now time to reveal his or her cards (the cards that are already being dealt to the other players are called revealed). After everyone has done this, the first player may choose to play a card to either end the game immediately or to continue it by passing the cards to the second player.
If the player chooses to play a card, he or she must choose one of their remaining cards and place it in front of them. The remaining cards are then passed in the same fashion. When the deck is empty, it is now time for the second player to choose a card to either start the game or continue the game as long as he or she wants. Once the deck is empty, it is time for the first player to either win the game or lose it and move onto the next game.
Spider Solitaire is an excellent game for a night in with a good book and a nice glass of wine, or with a good book and some wine. The basic rules of the game can be learned quickly by playing with the starter deck and learning the specific rules for your particular game version of Spider Solitaire.