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Forty Bandits Solitaire

Forty Bandits is a Forty Thieves variant that allows sequences on cards to be moved together. It is played with two standard decks (104 cards) with four cards dealt to each of the ten tableaus. The remaining 64 cards are available for play from the stock which permits a single passes through (no redeals allowed). 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.

Odds of winning: Good

Win about 2 in 5 games (40%).

Skill Level: Mostly Skill

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

How to Play Forty Bandits

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 6♠ may move onto the 5♠ and the 6♦ may move onto the 5♦. Starting with the 6♣ the following sequence can build on top 7♣ 8♣ 9♣ 10♣.

Tableau Rules

  • There are ten tableaus.
  • The tableaus build down by the same suit.
  • For example the 9♠ may move onto the 10♠ and the 9♥ may move onto the 10♥. Starting with the 9♣ the following sequence can build on top 8♣ 7♣ 6♣ 5♣.
  • Any card may move to an empty tableau.
  • Sequences of cards built down by the same suit can move together as a group.

Stock Rules

  • 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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