About Double Klondike Solitaire
Screen shot of the game Double Klondike from Pretty Good Solitaire.
Double Klondike is a two deck variation of the standard 7 pile solitaire game Klondike.
Double Klondike looks and feels like regular Klondike. Instead of 7 piles in the tableau, there are 9 piles. The cards are dealt out as in Klondike, 1 card to the first pile, 2 cards to the 2nd pile, and so on, until 9 cards are dealt out to the 9th pile. Only the top card is face up.
The remainder of the cards form a stock, which will be turned over to a waste pile. Like regular Klondike, there are two variations. Either one card is dealt from the stock at a time, or 3 cards are dealt at a time. There are unlimited redeals.
There are 8 foundation piles, two for each suit, with each pile built up in suit from Ace to King. The object of the game is to move all of the cards to these piles.
The 7 tableau piles are built down by alternate color. Usually empty spaces in the tableau may only be filled by a King or a group of cards headed by a King, but some variations allow any card to be played to a space. Play goes exactly as in the 1 deck Klondike.
Under these rules Double Klondike can be won pretty much every time. Playing strictly Kings in empty spaces makes it a bit more challenging. Double Klondike is a popular game and can be a nice change of pace from 1 deck Klondike, but unless you are a big Klondike fan the game is fairly mechanical. Several variations of Double Klondike are a bit more interesting, such as Gargantua, which limits the redeals to one and is therefore more challenging.
Double Klondike is one of the 800 games in Pretty Good Solitaire, one of the 101 games in Goodsol Solitaire 101, one of the 30 games in Most Popular Solitaire, and one of the 16 games in Solitaire Wizard.