Rules for Klondike Holdout

Family: Klondike
Categories: Popular
Variants: Klondike Familiar, Klondike Easy, Klondike Strict, Double Klondike,Gargantua,Thumb and Pouch
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This variant of the old standard Klondike was invented especially for Solitaire Till Dawn X. It offers the player some interesting choices and a chance for strategic play, and can be at least once in five games, probably more if you’re good. We’ve adjust the usual “casino” scoring in this version: each play costs you $52 as usual, but you get only $3 back for each card played to the foundations. If you can turn a profit, you’re doing okay!


There are four foundations, which are initially empty. There are seven tableau piles, fanned down. The first tableau starts with one card, the second with two cards, and so on to the seventh, which starts with seven cards. The top card of each tableau is face up and the rest are face down. Two “holdout” or reserve spaces and a wastepile start out empty. The remaining cards are kept face down in the hand.


Tableaus build down, alternating red and black. The top card of the wastepile and full or partial builds from the tableaus may be built onto the tableaus. Only Kings or builds whose bottom card is a King may be played to an empty tableau pile.

Foundations build up in suit. Top cards of tableaus and wastepile are available for building onto the foundations. Only an Ace may be played to an empty foundation.

Each of the two “holdout” spaces can hold one card, which can be taken from the top of any tableau or the wastepile. Cards in the holdouts can be built onto the tableaus or the foundations (but not the wastepile!) by following the usual rules.


You may deal at any time by taking one card from the hand and turning it face up onto the wastepile. There are no redeals: when the hand is empty, dealing is no longer allowed.


The goal is to move all the cards onto the foundations. Solitaire Till Dawn uses a variation of casino scoring by charging $52 a game, and paying back $3 (instead of the usual $5) for every card played to the foundations. (It’s not real money, so don’t worry!)


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