How To Play Fourteen Out

OBJECTIVE OF FOURTEEN OUT: The objective of Fourteen Out is to remove pairs of cards that have a sum of Fourteen.


MATERIALS: One standard deck of cards, and a flat surface. 

TYPE OF GAME: Solitaire Game



Fourteen Out is a removal solitaire game. This means to win and play Fourteen Out you will need to remove pairs or sets of cards that have a sum of Fourteen. These are then removed from the game and the game is won if you have removed all the cards.

Fourteen Out relies somewhat on luck. There are impossible games to finish or sometimes even unplayable starting hands, but that’s what makes the game fun.


The setup for Fourteen Out requires a large space. Like most solitaire games the whole deck of cards will be used, and the layout of the cards is very important to the gameplay.

The deck is shuffled and then you may start laying out the tableau. There will be twelve piles in total. The setup starts with twelve face-up piles on the table, with 5 cards in the first four piles and the last eight piles having 4 face-up cards each. These are the cards you can play from and should use the entire deck of cards. There will also be a foundation pile where all sets of cards will be placed when removed from the game. 

Fourteen Out Tableau

In Fourteen Out there is not any building permitted and you may only use the cards that do not have other cards on top of them. Meaning, to use certain cards in the piles you will need to remove those on top first. Empty piles are not refilled and you may not place cards into empty piles.


Fourteen Out is played by removing sets of cards that have a total sum of fourteen. These cards are removed from the tableau and placed in the foundation pile. Then the cards revealed may then be used to play with. This is the basis of the whole game. These steps are repeated until you can no longer make any valid plays and have lost, or you have removed all the cards into the foundations, in which case you have won.

To remove pairs, they must add up to equal fourteen. All valid plays are listed here: Ace-King, Two-Queen, Three-Jack, Four-Ten, Five-Nine, Six-Eight, and Seven-Seven. 

[can show these if you would like just to reiterate that they do not need to be of the same suit]


The game is won if you can remove all cards to the foundation pile. Any other outcome is a loss. 

Nakoa Davis