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Thirteen Down

Game info: One-Deck solitaires type; 1 deck (52 cards); 1 redeal

  • Game time: Medium
  • Difficulty level: Medium
  • 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 (Four piles starting with Aces)

  • Build up in suit from Ace to King. For example, a 2 can only be played on an Ace.

Tableau (Eight piles with one card each)

  • Build down in suit. For example, a 10 can only be played on a Jack.

  • Any card is available for play to the foundations.

  • Spaces are automatically filled from the reserve. After the reserve is exhausted, spaces cannot be filled.

Reserve (One pile of thirteen cards face down: the "Thirteen Down")

  • The top card automatically fills spaces in the tableau.

  • When only one card remains in the reserve, turn it face up; it may be played directly to a foundation without waiting for a place in the tableau first.


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

  • One redeal is permitted (two deals in all).

Waste (One pile)

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

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