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Bristol Solitaire

Bristol starts with three cards dealt to each of the eight tableaus. The tableaus are built down by rank regardless of suit, with only the top card of each being eligible for play. Bristol is a little different by that inclusion of three waste piles. Each time the stock is used a card is dealt to each waste pile. The objective is to build the four foundations up by suit from Ace through to King.

Difficulty: Easy

Rules are easy to understand.

Odds of winning: High

Win about 3 in 4 games (75%).

Duration: Moderate

5 to 10 minutes per game.

Skill Level: Mostly Skill

Winning is mostly determined by skill. A small amount of luck is involved.

How to Play Bristol

Game Objective

Move all cards to the four foundations.

Foundation Rules

  • There are four foundations.
  • An Ace may move to an empty foundation.
  • The foundations build up by rank regardless of suit starting with an Ace and ending with a King.
  • For example the 3♠ may move onto the 2♠, 2♥, 2♣ and 2♦. Starting with the 3♥ the following sequence can build on top 4♠ 5♠ 6♦ 7♣.

Tableau Rules

  • There are eight tableaus.
  • The tableaus build down by rank regardless of suit.
  • For example the 9♠ may move onto the 10♠, 10♥, 10♣ and 10♦. Starting with the 9♥ the following sequence can build on top 8♠ 7♠ 6♦ 5♣.
  • A card may move from the waste to a tableau that is not empty.
  • The top card is movable.

Stock Rules

  • The stock deals one card face up to the waste when tapped.

Waste Rules

  • There are three wastes.
  • The top card is movable.

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