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Bureau Solitaire

Bureau is played with two standard decks (104 cards). There are thirteen tableaus that contain four cards each. The objective is to move all cards to the eight foundations by building them up by alternating color.

How to Play Bureau

Build foundations up by alternating color. Fill empty foundations with Aces. Build tableaus down by alternating color. Move sequences built down by alternating color together. Stock deals one to waste with no more than one redeal.

Game Objective

The goal of Bureau is to move all 104 cards to the foundation piles. You achieve this by building sequences of cards up by alternating color that start with an Ace and end with a King. You win when the eight foundations each contain a complete sequence of thirteen cards.

Foundation Rules

  • There are eight foundations.
  • The foundations are initially empty.
  • The foundations build up by alternating color.
  • For example the 4♠ may move onto the 3♦ and the 4♦ may move onto the 3♣. Starting with the 4♦ the following sequence may build on top 5♠ 6♥ 7♣.
  • The top card is movable.
  • An Ace may move to an empty foundation.

Tableau Rules

  • There are thirteen tableaus.
  • Initially containing four rows alternating between face down and up.
  • The tableaus build down by alternating color.
  • For example the 7♠ may move onto the 8♦ and the 7♥ may move onto the 8♣. Starting with the 7♥ the following sequence may build on top 6♠ 5♦ 4♣.
  • Sequences of cards built down by alternating color may move together as a group.
  • Once empty the tableaus remain empty.

Stock Rules

  • The stock deals one card face up to the waste when tapped.
  • A single redeal of the waste back into the stock is permitted. Allowing for two complete passes through the stock.

Waste Rules

  • There is one waste.
  • The waste is initially empty.
  • The top card is movable.
  • Once empty the waste remains empty until more cards move from the stock.