Pyramid Solitaire starts with the player dealing 21 cards into a 6 row pyramid shape, starting with a single card on top, and dealing down by row. 6 Cards are dealt immediately below the pyramid, and the remaining 27 cards are left in the deck for later use. When play begins, the player is looking for pairs of cards that have a value that totals 13. Number cards have their face value, Aces have a value of 1, Jacks have a value of 11, Queens a value of 12, and Kings have a value of 13, and can be removed without pairing them with another card.
When the player gets stuck, he can deal cards from the deck one at a time, looking at the card first, and then moving it to the waste pile. The player may use the card in a pairing when he is first looking at it, or when it is the top card on the waste pile. The player wins when all the cards in the pyramid have been removed.