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Original Solitaire

Game info: Two-Deck solitaires type; 2 decks (104 cards); no redeal

Alternate names: Big Ben.

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

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

Solitaire Rules

Foundations (Twelve piles with one card each, starting from Ace to Queen.)

  • Build up in suit on the base cards.

  • Any number of cards can be played on each foundation.

  • Ranking of cards is continuous: build Aces after Kings when necessary.

Tableau (Twelve fans of three cards each)

  • Build down regardless of suit. For example, a 10 can be played on a Jack.

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

  • Only one card at a time can be moved.

  • Spaces can be filled from the stock only: never from the waste or the tableau.


  • After all possible plays have been made, click on the stock: the fan with less than three cards are brought up to three cards each, commencing with the fan representing the hour One, and going around the remaining fans from left to right. All fans must be filled before playing.

  • If all the fans are full, and a card is dealt which is not available for play to the foundations or to the tableau, it remains in the waste.

  • There is no redeal.

Waste (One pile)

  • The top card is always available for play to the foundations or to the tableau.

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