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Original Solitaire

Game info: Mathematical solitaires type; 2 decks (104 cards); 2 redeals

  • Game time: Medium
  • Difficulty level: Medium
  • Skill level: Mostly chance
  • Chance of winning: Very high; about 2 in 3

Object of the game: Move all the cards to the foundation.

Solitaire Rules

  • During the deal, if anyone of the reserve cards should be a King, it is placed at the bottom of the stock and substituted with another card from the stock.

Foundations (One pile at the top)

  • There is only one foundation dealt face up from the beginning.

  • Build all the cards onto the foundation regardless of suit, doubling the value of the card that has just been played. If the double of a card exceeds 12, the excess of the double over 13 denotes the card required.

  • Example. If the foundation card is a 6, you can play a 12(Queen) on it. The double of 12 (Queen) is 24. This is 11 more than 13 and the next required card must be a 11 (Jack). The sequence is the following: 2 - 4 - 8 - 3 - 6 - Queen (12) - Jack (11) - 9 - 5 - 10 - 7 - A
    and so on.

  • Kings are dead cards and a King placed in the reserve must stay there.

Reserve (Fourteen piles of one card each)

  • Any card is available for play on the foundation.

  • Spaces are automatically filled from the waste or, if none, from the stock.


  • Turn up one card at a time from the stock to the waste by clicking.

  • Two redeals are permitted (three deals in all).

Waste (1 pile)

  • The top card is always available for play to the foundation.

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