Portuguese is an open game (all 52 cards dealt face up) played exactly like Bakers Dozen except Kings are not moved to the top of the tableaus during the initial deal. Portuguese has thirteen tableaus containing four cards each. The tableaus are built down by rank regardless of suit, with only the top card of each being eligible for play. The objective is to build the four foundations up by suit from Ace through to King.
Odds of winning: Very High
Win about 9 in 10 games (90%).
Skill Level: Mostly Skill
Winning is mostly determined by skill. A small amount of luck is involved.
How to Play Portuguese
Move all cards to the four foundations.
- There are four 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♣.
- There are thirteen tableaus.
- The tableaus build down by rank regardless of suit.
- For example the 9♠ may move onto the 10♠, 10♥, 10♣ and 10♦. Starting with the 9♥ the following sequence can build on top 8♠ 7♠ 6♦ 5♣.
- A King may move to an empty tableau. No other cards may move to an empty tableau.
- The top card is movable.