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Maria Solitaire

Maria is played with two standard decks (104 cards). There are nine tableaus that contain four cards each. The objective is to build the eight foundations up by the same suit.

Difficulty: Average

Rules provide a challenge.

Odds of winning: Very Low

Win about 3 in 43 games (7%).

Duration: Long

More than 10 minutes per game.

Skill Level: Balanced

Winning involves skill and luck equally.

Game Objective

Move all cards to the eight foundations.

Foundation

  • There are eight foundations.
  • An Ace may move to an empty foundation.
  • The foundations build up by the same suit.
  • For example the 3♠ may move onto the 2♠ and the 3♦ may move onto the 2♦. Starting with the 3♥ the following sequence can build on top 4♥ 5♥ 6♥ 7♥.

Tableau

  • There are nine tableaus.
  • Any card may move to an empty tableau.
  • The tableaus build down by alternating colors.
  • For example the 8♠ may move onto the 9♦ and the 8♥ may move onto the 9♣. Starting with the 8♥ the following sequence can build on top 7♠ 6♦ 5♣.
  • The top card is movable.

Stock

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

Waste

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

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