# Klondike Solitaire - less than 3 cards in the stock?

In standard Klondike solitaire (deal-3 Klondike), you deal 3 cards at a time from the stock to the waste. What if only 1 or 2 cards are left in the stock?

• Pretty sure you just deal the last 1/2 cards as normal and that is how it is handled on the computer. Commented Jul 31, 2016 at 22:58
• That just means you have lost the game. Commented Aug 1, 2016 at 9:22
• @Chenmunka If you only manage to play 1 or 2 cards from the deck on the first cycle of the draw deck you would get in this situation and that does not mean you lose. Commented Aug 1, 2016 at 21:18

you deal out the cards up to three. If there are less than three you just deal out those cards. Use what you can. And then put them in the discard pile and start over.

If those are the only cards you have left including the rest of the discard pile then you might be in a lose scenario.

The stock/waste rules of deal-3 Klondike are as follows:

• You can play the topmost waste card to the tableau or foundation if there is a legal place to move it.
• If there are 3 or more cards in the stock, you can deal 3 cards from the stock to the waste, maintaining their order.
• If there are less than 3 cards in the stock, you can only deal all of the remaining cards to the waste, maintaining their order.
• If there are no cards left in the stock, you can return the waste cards to the stock maintaining their order ("normal" deal-3 klondike lets you do this as many times as you like).

Edit: As suggested, here are some links to various papers which describe the rules of Klondike: