How to Play Double Klondike Solitaire

Double Klondike is played exactly the same as regular Klondike except two decks of cards are used instead of one. This makes the game time longer, taking around 7 minutes to complete a game on average. Fortunately, the chances of winning Double Klondike are a lot higher than regular Klondike.

Card Layout

The game is played with two standard decks of playing cards, thoroughly shuffled together. The card layout is the same as Klondike except two extra columns are dealt due to the extra cards.

Double Klondike Card Layout


The object of the game is to build the eight foundations up in ascending suit sequence from Ace to King. e.g. A, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K with cards of identical suit.

Double Klondike Rules

As each Ace becomes available it may be transferred to a row above the tableau to start one of the eight foundations. The foundations are built up in ascending suit sequence to the King. The exposed card of a tableau column may be transferred to a foundation of the same suit if it follows the ascending sequence or to the exposed card of another column if it forms a descending sequence of alternating colours, e.g. 6 on 7 or Q on K. A complete packed column of face up cards may also be transferred to the exposed card of another tableau column if the join follows the same descending sequence of alternating colours. If the movement of a tableau card exposes a face down card, then it is turned face up. When a tableau column is completely cleared out, the space may only be filled by a King or a packed column headed by a King. When no more moves are available from the tableau, the top three cards from the stock are dealt face up, without upsetting their order, to a single waste pile. The top exposed card of the waste pile is always available for play to the foundations or tableau. When the stock has been exhausted, the waste pile is picked up and turned over to form a new stock and the game continues. This procedure is continued until the game eventually blocks or is won. A variation of the game allows a single card to be dealt to the waste pile instead of three.

Double Klondike Game Variations
Double Klondike Scoring

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