A variation of the solitaire is Spider Solitaire. In this game, there are 4 suits – Triangle, Quatrefoil, Web and Topaz. Each suit has different card combinations that can be used to get two cards in the other three suits. There are 12 total combinations that can be made – three for each suit. When playing Spider Solitaire, players alternate displaying the cards of each suit so that they are playing in an even pattern.
How do you play Spider Solitaire? Start by laying out your playing area, making sure that it is clean and that all the sets are even. Then, dial the required number of cards to the center pile. Lay face down the cards, one at a time, starting with the turned-over suits, then the Web, Quatrefoil and Topaz. You can also use a pile with fewer cards.
Once all the cards have been dealt, the person that discarded the card first, lays face down the new card that they received as the result of picking up a card from the top of the deck. This new card is in the same suit as the other discarded cards, but in a different row. The person that discarding the cards first deals them out to the four piles, and if there are more cards than suits in those piles, then the cards are distributed again. Lay the remaining cards on top of the previous cards, and the pattern continues. Now you have mastered the basic technique of laying out your piles of cards.
The winning sequence for this game is (Web-Q-U-R). This means that you will win with cards that are in the same suit as your opponents’ cards. The winning sequence for the other variations of Spider Solitaire is (Triple-Q-U-R). This means that you will win with cards in the same suit as your opponents’ cards and any other cards that came into play before that. The general rule is that the higher your total card count, the better your win rate will be.
There are many situations where the Web-Q option is better than the Web-R option. If you are fairly evenly matched, you will usually do better with the Web-R piles, because your opponent is likely to have cards in their two most recently played suits. But you can still do very well with the Web-Q piles, even if your pile is not very evenly matched. If there are three Rooks in a row, and you have three Jacks and a Queen in a row, then you can easily use all three Jacks and a Queen to beat the rest of the table. You can also beat some people by playing all four of your suites and a King or Queen in a row.
There are of course many more advanced techniques that you can learn that allow you to play Spider Solitaire using almost any combination of suits and any number of stacks. One of the most common advanced strategies involves the elimination of the jokers. A typical strategy for this is to remove one joker from each of the four suits, and to replace it with another joker in the fourth suit. In many variations of Spider Solitaire you will use exactly the same arrangement when dealing out the cards, except that you will eliminate the third suit in every case instead of the second or first suit. So you should always keep the same arrangement of the Web-Q and Web-R when you deal out the cards and your stack.