What Are the Instructions for a Simple Solitaire Card Game?

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To play solitaire, the player needs to deal out 28 cards into seven piles of increasing value, with the top card facing upwards. The player needs to build four ascending stacks of cards, following suit, by freeing the cards from the play area or the draw pile.

After shuffling a standard deck of 52 cards, the player begins by placing one card face up at the left edge of the play area then placing six cards in separate piles to the right, each face down. Next, the player places one face-up card on the second pile and stacks face-down cards on the remaining piles. This repeats until all piles have one face-up card at the top, with a total of 28 cards in play. The remaining cards form the draw pile and sit at the top of the play area.

The player proceeds to arrange the face-up cards in descending value, alternating color, in order to reveal an ace. Once an ace is in play, it moves to one of four foundation piles in the upper right of the play area. The goal of the game is to build up each foundation in ascending order, keeping the suit the same in each pile. If the play is unable to move cards in the play area, she reveals the top card in the draw pile and places it into either play or a discard pile.