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How to Play Aces and Kings Solitaire

Aces and Kings Solitaire has two different foundations, one where you build up and one where you build down, as well as 2 reserve piles. It's played with 2 decks of cards.


The goal is to move all 104 cards from the stock pile, reserve, and tableau into 8 foundation piles.

The Setup and Play Area

Foundation piles: There are 8 foundation piles. 4 are the foundation for Aces, where cards are placed by suit in ascending order from Ace to King. The other 4 are the foundation for Kings, where you place cards in descending order by suit, starting with Kings and ending with Aces.

Tableau piles: This is the area with 4 face-up cards.

Reserve piles: These are the two columns at the left of the game with 12 cards in each.

Stock pile: The remaining cards, or a total of 76 cards, are face-down in the stock pile. They are dealt 3 at a time.

Waste pile: Cards drawn from the stock pile that cannot be placed in the tableau go to the waste pile.

Available moves

  • The top card of the waste pile can be played into the foundation or an empty tableau column.
  • Tableau cards can only be moved to the foundation.
  • Only Aces can start the Ace foundation piles, and tableau and reserve cards can be moved to them if they are in ascending order and of the same suit.
  • Only Kings can start the King foundation piles, and tableau and reserve cards can be moved to them if they are in descending order and of the same suit.
  • The bottom reserve cards from each pile can be moved to an empty tableau column or to the foundation.
  • Cards cannot be sequenced in the tableau.
  • Groups of cards cannot be moved in the tableau.
  • You win when all cards are placed in the 8 foundations.


  • Immediately move Aces to the foundation from the reserve or tableau to make room for other cards.
  • If you get stuck, use the undo button. You may not always make the right moves, and may need to reverse some to win the game.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the probability of winning Aces and Kings?

The game is challenging with a low win rate. We looked at 1,621 random games played. Of those, 683 were won, or 42.13%.

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