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Eights Down Solitaire

Eights Down is played with two standard decks (104 cards). There are six tableaus that contain one cards each. The objective is to move all cards to the eight foundations by building them down by the same suit.

Odds of winning: Fifty-fifty

Win about 1 in 2 games (50%).

Skill Level: Balanced

Winning involves skill and luck equally.

How to Play Eights Down

Build foundations down by the same suit and wrap around on Aces. Build tableaus up by the same suit. Move sequences built up by the same suit together. Fill empty tableaus with valid sequences. Stock deals one to waste with no more than one redeal.

Game Objective

The goal of Eights Down is to move all 104 cards to the foundation piles. You achieve this by building sequences of cards down by the same suit 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.
  • Initially containing an Eight in each foundation.
  • The foundations build down by the same suit. Foundations may build around-the-corner (a King may move onto an Ace).
  • For example the 10♠ may move onto the J♠ and the 10♦ may move onto the J♦. Starting with the 3♥ the following sequence may build on top 2♥ A♥ K♥ Q♥.

Tableau Rules

  • There are six tableaus.
  • Initially containing one card face up in each tableau.
  • The tableaus build up by the same suit.
  • For example the 7♠ may move onto the 6♠ and the 7♦ may move onto the 6♦. Starting with the 7♥ the following sequence may build on top 8♥ 9♥ 10♥ J♥.
  • Sequences of cards built up by the same suit may move together as a group.
  • Any card or valid sequence of cards may move together to fill an empty tableau.

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.