Clock patience – learn how to play with

By: Dennis B. B. Taylor

A Fun Card Game: Clock Patience

Hi! I’m Mark Chapman, a writer, board game enthusiast, and teacher. On my YouTube channel, Bananas 4 Books & Board Games, I love sharing children’s stories and family-friendly board and card games.

The Goal of Clock Patience:

Welcome to Clock Patience! The goal of this fun card game is to arrange the cards from the deck around a clock face, while being careful to avoid the kings. Let’s dive in and see how it works!

How Many Can Play?
It’s a solo game, so it’s just you enjoying the challenge and excitement of Clock Patience.

What You’ll Need:
All you need for this game is a standard 52-card deck. Nothing fancy required!

How to Play:
The game uses the numbers on the cards to mimic a clock face. The Ace represents one o’clock, the 2 represents two o’clock, and so on until the Queen at twelve o’clock. The Kings, however, don’t go on the clock face; they are special!

Your job is to carefully place the cards around the clock, starting with the Ace at one o’clock and continuing clockwise. Here’s the catch: you want to avoid placing any Kings on the clock face. They stay off!

Give It a Whirl!

As a solo player, you can enjoy the intrigue and challenge provided by Clock Patience. Give it a try and see how well you can arrange the cards around the clock!


Let me show you how to play a fun little card game called Clock Patience. It’s easy to learn, and anyone can play!

First, let’s set up the game. Take a standard deck of cards and shuffle them thoroughly. Once you’re done shuffling, place the deck face-down in the center of the table. This is where we’ll draw cards from.

Now, imagine you have a clock in front of you. Picture it in your mind, with the numbers one through twelve arranged in a circle. This clock will be our playing area.

To start the game, reveal the top card from the deck and place it face-up outside the clock. See the value of the card? Great! Now, it’s time to place it on the clock. If you have a Jack, put it at 11 o’clock. If you reveal a Queen, put it at 12 o’clock. And if you reveal an Ace, put it at 1 o’clock. Do you get the idea? Match the card’s value with the corresponding number on the clock.

Once you’ve placed the card on the clock, pick up the deck that corresponds to the position of the card. In our example, since we placed a Jack at 11 o’clock, we’ll pick up the deck that’s located at 11 o’clock. Ready for the next step? Here we go!

Draw the top card from the deck you just picked up, and repeat the process. Reveal the card and place it outside the clock, matching its value with the number on the clock. Then, pick up the deck that corresponds to the new position and draw another card. Keep repeating these steps until you’ve revealed all the cards from the deck!

But watch out! There’s a catch. If you happen to reveal a King, doh! It’s bad news. Place the King inside the clock, right in the middle. Then, reveal the top card from the facedown deck that’s already inside the clock. And continue with the game, picking up cards from the appropriate decks and revealing them as before.

That’s all there is to it! You’ve learned how to play Clock Patience. It’s a fun game to play alone or with friends. So grab a deck of cards, set up your clock, and give it a go. I bet you’ll have a blast!

Clock patience - learn how to play with

How to Be a Winner!

Want to win at clock patience? It’s simple! Just remember this key rule: the very last card you reveal must be a king. As soon as you uncover the fourth and final king, the game is over.

Clock patience is a game that relies solely on luck. But there’s something truly gratifying about slowly revealing the cards on the clock face. And if you’re lucky enough to get down to the last few cards, the anticipation builds for an incredibly thrilling finish! So go ahead and give it a try. Good luck! ��

Clock patience - learn how to play with


Did you know that there are a few different ways to play this game? Let me introduce you to a cool variation called Watch.

Normally, you play with four kings in the deck, right? Well, with Watch, when you uncover the fourth and final king, you replace it with a card from the clock that’s facing down. And guess what? You keep playing!

Isn’t that neat? It’s a fun twist that adds some extra excitement to the game. So now you have a choice – stick to the classic version or give Watch a try!

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