Kings in the corner is a very easy and entertaining game. It is like a variation of Solitaire with multiple players. It will be easy if you already know the Rules for Solitaire but not to worry if you don’t know the rules. Because this guide will explain all the rules assuming you are a complete beginner. So let’s start the guide on How to Play Kings in the Corner.
Important Information about Kings in the Corner
The requirements to play Kings in the Corner
A standard 52 card deck is required(Remove Jokers). Any number of players between 2 to 6 can play Kings in the Corner but best played with 4 players.
The ranking order of cards in Kings in the Corner
The ranking order of the cards from highest to lowest:- King(K), Queen(Q), Jack(J), 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, Ace(A).
The Object in Kings in the Corner
The main object of Kings in the Corner is to lay off all the cards. The player who is able to do this first wins the game.
Determining Dealer and Dealing the Cards
There are no specific rules for determining the dealer in this game. The players can form their own rules to determine the dealer or just select a person randomly. After selection, the dealer deals seven cards to each player. Then, places the remaining cards on the table in a pile. It is called the “Stock Pile”.
Then, the dealer picks four cards from the top of the stockpile and places one card, face-up, in each direction to the stockpile. One in the north, one in the south, one in the east, and the last in the west. These are the four foundation piles. The players lay off their cards on these foundation piles by following the rules. The set-up should look like this:
How to Play Kings in the Corner
The main gameplay is to lay off the cards to the foundation piles. The player on the left of the dealer starts the game by drawing one card from the stockpile. After that, the player lays off as many cards as he can according to the rules.
In the situation when he can’t lay off the card as per rules, his turn will be over. The next player takes the turn by drawing a card from the stockpile and the game continues. The players take turns in a clockwise manner. Following are the rules for the game:
Rules of Kings in the Corner:
- The rank of the card which is being laid off should be immediately lower than the rank of the top card of the foundation pile. Example: 8 is on the top of a foundation pile. So, only 7 can be laid off to that foundation pile.
- The card which is being laid of and the card which is on the top of the foundation pile should be of different colors. Example: If 8 of ❤️ is on the top of the foundation pile, then only 7 of ♠️ or 7 of ♣️ can be laid off to that foundation pile.
- Aces are the lowest cards so the players can’t lay off a card on them.
- Kings should be laid off in the corners only. One King in each corner. After a King is played and placed in one of the corners, other players can lay off cards on the king like any other foundation pile.
- A player can move the entire pile if the card at the bottom of the pile is one rank lower and of the opposite color than the card on the top of the other foundation pile(To which the entire pile is being moved).
- After moving the entire pile, any card can be played on that blank space.
The first player to lay off all the cards wins the game.
Here is a Video Tutorial on How to Play Kings in the Corner by Christa Wesley
Play with friends and family and enjoy!