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Forty and Eight Solitaire

Forty and Eight is played with two standard decks (104 cards) with five cards dealt to each of the eight tableaus. The remaining 64 cards are available for play from the stock which permits two passes through (one redeal). Only the top card of each tableau is available for play. Sequences on the tableaus can be built down by suit. The objective is to build the eight foundations up by suit from Ace through to King.

Difficulty: Average

Rules provide a challenge.

Odds of winning: High

Win about 3 in 4 games (75%).

Duration: Moderate

5 to 10 minutes per game.

Skill Level: Balanced

Winning involves skill and luck equally.

How to Play Forty and Eight

Game Objective

Move all cards to the eight foundations.

Foundation Rules

  • There are eight foundations.
  • An Ace may move to an empty foundation.
  • The foundations build up by the same suit.
  • For example the 5♠ may move onto the 4♠ and the 5♦ may move onto the 4♦. Starting with the 5♣ the following sequence can build on top 6♣ 7♣ 8♣ 9♣.

Tableau Rules

  • There are eight tableaus.
  • The tableaus build down by the same suit.
  • For example the 10♠ may move onto the J♠ and the 10♥ may move onto the J♥. Starting with the 10♣ the following sequence can build on top 9♣ 8♣ 7♣ 6♣.
  • Any card may move to an empty tableau.
  • The top card is movable.

Stock Rules

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

Waste Rules

  • There is one waste.
  • The top card is movable.

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