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Aces Up

Game info: Non-Builders games type; 1 deck; no redeal.

Alternate names: Aces High, Down and Out, Drivel, Firing Squad, Four Aces, Idiot, Idiot's Delight,

  • Game time: Quick
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Skill level: Mostly chance
  • Chance of winning: Low (about 1 in 30)

Object of the game: To move all the cards to the foundation except the four Aces.

Solitaire Rules

Foundations (One pile)

  • All discarded cards are played to this pile.

Tableau (4 columns)

  • Discard the lower ranking card(s) of two or more cards of the same suit in the four exposed cards across the columns.

  • Ace counts higher than King, values running A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. Aces are not discarded.

  • Keep discarding until the top cards are all of different suits, then deal the next four cards.

  • No building on the tableau.

  • Spaces may be filled with any available card.

  • The game is won if only the four Aces remain in the tableau, one Ace in each column, and the remaining forty-eight lower ranking cards having been discarded.


  • Turn up one card at a time from the stock to each tableau pile by clicking. Four more cards are dealt to create a new row of cards.

  • There is no redeal.


  • Aces Up starts at -32 points because the four Aces are not discarded from the layout at the end of the game and you win if you move all the cards to the foundation except the four Aces:
    4 cards x 5 points = 20 points
    - 52 + 20 = - 32 points
    The final score is 208, like any other one-deck games.

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