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Start a game of Solitaire with real Playing cards
To get started with playing Vegas Solitaire with real cards, follow these steps:
- Lay the Solitaire cloth on a flat surface, such as a table.
- Shuffle the deck of cards thoroughly.
- Deal the cards manually.
- Start playing the game according to the standard rules of Vegas Solitaire.
Layout and Deal Order in Playing Vegas Solitaire with Real Cards
In Vegas Solitaire, the tableau consists of one pile and seven columns. The leftmost column has one face-up card, and each successive column has one more card than the previous one, with the top card face-up. To make it easier to understand, here’s a breakdown of the layout:
- Column 1 – 1 card face-up
- Column 2 – 1 card face-down with 1 card face-up on top
- Column 3 – 2 cards face-down with 1 card face-up on top
- Column 4 – 3 cards face-down with 1 card face-up on top
- Column 5 – 4 cards face-down with 1 card face-up on top
- Column 6 – 5 cards face-down with 1 card face-up on top
- Column 7 – 6 cards face-down with 1 card face-up on top
How to Deal Cards?
When playing Vegas Solitaire Online, you don’t have to worry about dealing the cards. However, if you prefer to play with physical cards instead of sitting behind your computer screen, there is a certain way to deal the playing cards.
To start dealing, place one playing card on each pile, column, or row. If there are multiple piles, columns, or rows, deal one card to each destination.
Once you’ve dealt one card to each row, start again with the first row to deal the second layer. Every time you deal a card to the rows, you create a new layer.
- For the first layer of cards, deal the first card face-up and then deal all other rows face-down.
- For the second layer, skip the first column and deal one card to each of the remaining six columns. Deal the second column face-up and the others face-down.
- For the third layer, skip the first two columns and deal one card to each of the remaining five columns. Deal the third column face-up and the others face-down.
- For the fourth layer, skip the first three columns and deal one card to each of the remaining four columns. Deal the fourth column face-up and the others face-down.
- For the fifth layer, skip the first four columns and deal one card to each of the remaining three columns. Deal the fifth column face-up and the others face-down.
- For the sixth layer, skip the first five columns and deal one card to each of the remaining two columns. Deal the sixth column face-up and the seventh and final column face-down.
- For the seventh and final layer, deal one card face-up on the seventh column only.
In Vegas Solitaire, you deal 28 of the 52 cards divided among seven columns. The remaining 24 cards make up the stockpile, which you can use to turn over cards when you can no longer make moves in the game.
Vegas Scoring when you play alone
When you play Vegas Solitaire alone with real cards the scoring method is simple. Just follow the rules as shown in the payout structure. Keep track of your scoring by keeping a scoresheet so you can check your results against the house over a longer period of time. When playing for imaginary money the easiest is to play for 1 point a card whereby you bet 52 points to get paid 5 points for every card placed on the foundation.
How to play Vegas Solitaire with 2 players
When you play Vegas Solitaire with real cards with 2 players the rules are as follows:
- 1 player starts as player and 1 player starts as the bank. To determine who start you can both pick a card, the player with the highest card starts as banker.
- As in the original rule, the player shuffles the card and the banker will cut the stock and will deal the cards according the Solitaire Setup of Vegas Solitaire.
- The player starts playing and will pay the banker 52 points
- For every card played to the foundation the player gets paid 5 points
- When the player manages to complete the Solitaire he gets paid 5 times his original bet (52 x 5 = 260 points)
- After each game the player and banker swop roles except when the player manages to complete the Solitaire. In this case the player will maintain the player and can have another shot at finishing a new game round.
- Scoring should be calculated cumulative over a pre set number of game rounds.
How to play Vegas Solitaire with 3 or more players.
There is also a possibility to play Vegas Solitaire with real cards with 3 or more players. The rules are identical to when you play it alone or with 2 players with the following additions:
- When playing with 3 or more players there is always 1 banker who plays against 2 or more players.
- Each player will play against the dealer with a separate set of cards and separate bet.
- Both players will play with the same stake against the dealer. So the dealer is betting simultaneously against 2 players.
- Every round participants will swop roles whereby the banker always becomes a player after the round is finished except when both players both complete their solitaire.
- When only one player finishes his Solitaire completely, the other player automatically becomes the banker.
- When both players don’t complete the Solitaire the player first in line will become the banker.
- the cumulative score must be updated at the end of each round so that there is an intermediate score in which all participants are noted how many points they have gained or lost.
- The game can be played continuously or stopped after a pre-agreed number of rounds