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St. Helena

Game info: Two-Deck game type; 2 decks; 2 redeals

Alternate names: Napoleon's Favorite, Washington's Favorite, Privileged Four.

  • Game time: Long
  • Difficulty level: Medium
  • Skill level: Moderate
  • Chance of winning: Low (about 1 in 30)

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

Solitaire Rules

  • At the start of the game an Ace and a King of each suit are dealt to become the foundations.

Foundations (8 piles: complete these piles to win the game)

  • Build the King foundations down in suit from King to Ace.

  • Build the Ace foundations up in suit from Ace to King.

Tableau (12 piles, around the foundations)

In the first deal

  • Cards in the top row may be played to a King foundation only.

  • Cards in the bottom row may be played to an Ace foundation only.

  • Cards in the side columns may be played to any foundation. 

In redeals

  • Any card may be played to any foundation.


  • Build up or down regardless of suit (for example, you can play a Jack or a 9 on a 10).

  • Ranking of cards is not continuous: an Ace may be built only on a 2, a King only on a Queen.

  • The top card of each pile is available for play to another tableau pile or to the foundations.

  • Only one card at a time can be moved.

  • Spaces may be filled with any available card.

Redeal button

  • After all possible plays have been made click the redeal button.

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

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