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How to Play Block Ten Solitaire

The complete rules for the Block Ten Solitaire card game

Block Ten Solitaire is a very fast paced game that takes about two minutes to play. It's almost entirely luck, and players should win about 10 percent of the time. Block Ten is closely related to the solitaire card game Tens.

The basic game is to remove pairs of cards that add up to 10 from a pile of nine piles to the single foundation pile. It's a quick game that you might have used to be gone for a few minutes.

It's easy enough for kids to play who can fit cards and add numbers up to 10. But it can also get boring pretty quickly as there is no strategy. Everything depends on the luck of the draw.

  • Player: This is a solitaire game for one player
  • deck : Block Ten Solitaire uses a standard 52-card deck.
  • Aim: The goal of Block Ten Solitaire is to get the entire deck on the table without reaching a dead end.

Setup for Block Ten Solitaire

First shuffle the deck. Then deal nine cards face up in three rows of three cards each (a 3x3 grid with open cards). Put the remaining cards face down to form the draw pile.

Gameplay for Block Ten Solitaire

You can discard any two cards in the 3x3 grid that add up to 10 (ie Ace and 9, 2 and 8, 3 and 7, 4 and 6, 5 and 5). You can also place two matching picture cards (e.g. Jack and Jack, Queen and Queen, King and King).

However, you have to leave ten on the tableaux, where of course all other cards are blocked. Hence the name Block Ten.

When you discard, replace the missing cards with the top cards from the draw pile.

If you get all 52 cards in the 3x3 grid, you win.

Games similar to Block Ten Solitaire

Tens is very similar to Block Ten but has a different tableau and you can remove picture cards in groups of four.

It's still based entirely on luck rather than strategy, but it's a little easier to win.

Simple Pairs is also similar and uses the same 3x3 tableau as Block Ten. However, instead of removing pairs that add up to 10, you are removing pairs of the same number. It's even easier to play with and may be suitable for kids who can't add 10 yet.

Fifteens is similar with removing decks of cards (of any number) adding up to 15, removing the tens and face cards in groups of four cards of the same rank. For example, you can remove a number of 3-4-8 or 7-8 or A-2-6-6 or A-2-2-4-6 or KKKK. This requires somewhat higher math skills.

You can find these games and variations in compilations of electronic solitaire games, sometimes under different names and with slightly different rules. You might feel a surge of triumph if you win any of these games once out of 10 to 20 games, but you've only ever played the odds.