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How to play Pyramids - Tripeaks Solitaire

General rules | Playing on ludado

Pyramids, also known as Tripeaks Solitaire, is a combination of Golf and Pyramid solitaire games. The goal of the game is to remove all the cards from the pyramids.

Cards layout

Pyramids game is played with a single English pack of 52 cards, that are arranged as the next image shows:

Initial cards layout in tripeaks solitaire game

On the one hand, there are 28 cards, all they face up, forming 3 pyramids. The cards overlap so that the ones located at the top of the pyramids have above part of those located at the bottom. Initially, only the cards in the lower row do not have any cards above.

On the other hand, the remaining cards are all face down forming what we will call the stock.

There is also a waste pile built on during the game with cards from the pyramids or the stock. Initially, the first card from the stock is face up on the waste pile.

Finally, you can play or not with jokers, either one or more.


The player can remove a card from the pyramids as long as it does not have any parts of other cards above, and the value of that card is previous or next to the value of the card which is on top of the waste pile. The suit of the card is not considered, only the value.

The order of the value of the cards is Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K. That is, the J is next to the 10 and, consequently the 10 is previous to the J. Furthermore, it is important to bear in mind that the K is considered previous to Ace and, therefore, the Ace is considered next to the K.

When a card is removed from the pyramids, it becomes the top card on the waste pile. Therefore, this is the card that rules from that moment which cards can be removed from the pyramids.

At any time, if any are available, the player can place a card on the waste pile from the stock, which will become, of course, the new top card on the waste pile.

Also, at any time and if available, the player can place a joker on top of the waste pile. In that case, any card can be removed from the pyramids.

More information

Learn how to play on ludado here.

It can also be interesting to read these posts: 'Pyramids: Mastering the game (I)' and 'Pyramids: Mastering the game (II)'.

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