Fourteen out – game rules learn to play with game rules

By: Dennis B. B. Taylor

Ready to Play Fourteen Out?

Get ready for a game of Fourteen Out, a fun and challenging solitaire game where the goal is to remove pairs or sets of cards that add up to fourteen. The twist? You need to remove all the cards to win!

Although luck plays a role in Fourteen Out, there’s also a strategic element involved. Some games may seem impossible to finish, and you might encounter tricky starting hands. But don’t worry, that’s what makes the game exciting!

Setting Up the Game

To set up Fourteen Out, you’ll need a large playing area. Like many solitaire games, you’ll be using the entire deck of cards, so layout is crucial for gameplay. Arrange the cards carefully, keeping these guidelines in mind:

Alright, let’s get started! To begin, I’ll shuffle the deck for you. Once that’s done, it’s time to lay out the tableau. You’ll have twelve piles in total. Now, here’s how we set it up: we start with twelve face-up piles right on the table. The first four will have 5 cards each, while the remaining eight piles will have 4 face-up cards each. Every single card in the deck should be used for this setup.

Oh, don’t forget about the foundation pile! This is where you’ll place all the sets of cards that you remove from the game. It’s like their special spot.

In Fourteen Out, you can’t build on top of other cards. You have to remove the cards on top before you can use the ones in the piles. Empty piles stay empty and you can’t put cards into them.


To play Fourteen Out, you need to remove sets of cards that add up to fourteen. Take those cards from the tableau and put them in the foundation pile. Then you can use the cards that are revealed. That’s the whole game. Keep repeating these steps until you can’t make any more moves and you lose, or until you’ve removed all the cards into the foundations and you win.

To get rid of pairs, you need to make sure that their total value is fourteen. Here are some valid combinations: Ace and King, Two and Queen, Three and Jack, Four and Ten, Five and Nine, Six and Eight, and finally Seven and Seven.

[if you want, I can show you these combinations to emphasize that they don’t have to be of the same suit]


You win the game if you’re able to remove all the cards and place them in the foundation pile. If you can’t do that, it means you lose.

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