Vegas Solitaire

Published: 19/05/2013

Although the exact origin of the single-player card game called “Solitaire” is unknown, written references have been found dating back to 18th century Europe, where it is still commonly referred to as “Patience.” Several versions have developed over the years, including one called “Canfield” or “Klondike” which was adapted for cash play in casinos during the mid-20th century.

“Vegas Solitaire” is an online version of the casino game that and is played by the Las Vegas subset of rules using a standard 52-card deck of cards divided into four suits. Before the deal, the player must use the control panel that appears in the middle of the screen to select one of two game types: Draw 1 with a single pass through the deck or Draw 3 with three passes through the deck. The player must also use the using the + and - buttons on either side of the Stake Amount to select a wager that is a multiple of 52, from €1.04 to €20.80.

In both versions, the object of the game is to reveal all 52 cards and place them in order from Ace, 2, 3 up to the King onto the four “Foundation Stacks” (one for each suit) at the top of the playing area. A payout is made for each card in the Foundation Stacks at the end of the game, equal to 1/13 of the original stake, so the maximum that can be won is exactly 4X for revealing all 52 cards.

To start the game, simply click on the green “Deal” button. The control panel will disappear and 28 cards will be dealt into seven columns containing, from left to right, one card, two cards, three cards, etc. up to seven cards in the last column. All cards are face down except the topmost card, which is dealt face up. The remaining 24 cards are called the “Stockpile” and they appear face down at the upper left corner of the screen.

Among several useful aspects of the game display are counters above the Stockpile for “Cards Left” and “Passes Left,” which keep track of how many cards and passes remain, respectively. On the right side of the screen there are also indictors for the Stake, Win Rate and Winnings, plus a button to “End Game & Collect Winnings.” The “Undo” button allows the player to erase the last action taken. And the toggles for “Deck” and “Colour” can be used to customise the display by changing the look of the cards and the playing surface.

In the Deck 1 mode, the cards in the Stockpile are turned over one at a time for a single pass through the deck. To draw the next card, simply click on it. In the Draw 3 mode, the cards are drawn three at a time and fanned out so the two “under” cards can be seen. The process of going through the deck, three cards at a time, may be repeated up to three times.

Most of the rules regarding the movement of the cards are the same as in the traditional version of Solitaire. Cards may be stacked on the columns in numerically descending from King to Deuce and alternating in colour of suit, red and black. The topmost hidden card in each column is revealed only when the stack of face-up cards above it has been moved. When a column’s cards have all been depleted, only a King or a stack headed by a King can be moved into the empty space. Cards are moved onto the Foundation Stacks in numerical order by suit from Ace to King. Cards may be brought down from the Foundation Stacks to the Columns, but the value will be deducted from the Winnings.

“Drag and Drop” is the method used to move the cards between stacks. To move a card onto a Foundation Stack, however, simply double click on the card. Another convenience feature is a small rotating arrow that appears above the current card showing from the Stockpile if a play is available. If all cards have been turned face up and there are no cards left in the Stockpile, then the cards will automatically be put up to the Foundation Stacks and the game ends with the maximum winnings.

Published on: 19/05/2013

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