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Game info: Two-Deck solitaires type; 2 decks (104 cards); 2 redeal

  • Game time: Medium
  • Difficulty level: Medium
  • Skill level: Moderate
  • Chance of winning: Low; about 1 in 10; 10%

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

Solitaire Rules

  • An Ace and a King of each suit are removed from the stock to become the foundations.

Foundations (Eight piles starting with four Aces and four Kings)

  • Ace foundations: Build up in color from Ace to King. For example, a 2 can be played on an Ace.

  • King foundations: Build down in color from King to Ace. For example, a Queen can be played on a King.

  • Reversal. When the top cards of two foundations of the same suit are in sequence, one or more cards from one pile may be transferred to the other, except for the Ace or King at the bottom.

Tableau (Twelve piles with a varying number of cards and a thirteenth pile spread out)

  • At the beginning, cards from the stock are automatically dealt into thirteen piles, forming the tableau and the reserve. When a card turned from the stock corresponds to the pile of its own rank (number), it is placed in a fourteenth stock pile, face down, called the "Exile".

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

  • The thirteenth pile (13) is spread out and any card is available to play to the foundations.

Stock (One column with a varying number of cards face down: the "Exiles")

  • Turn up the top card of the exiles and if this card is playable on a foundation, it must so be played, and the next exile card turned.

  • If it cannot be played, it is placed under the tableau pile of its own rank. The top card of that pile is removed and placed under the pile of its own rank, and so on.

  • Continue shifting cards in this manner until a playable card is uncovered at the top of a tableau pile.

  • When the exile card, or any other reached in shifting, is a King, it stops the play.

  • The King must be placed under the King pile and a new exile card turned.

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

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