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Scotch Solitaire

Scotch is an open game (all 52 cards are displayed face up at the beginning of the game). The objective is to build the four foundations up by alternating color.

Difficulty: Average

Rules provide a challenge.

Odds of winning: Good

Win about 1 in 2 games (48%).

Duration: Quick

Less than 5 minutes per game.

Skill Level: Mostly Skill

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

How to Play Scotch

Game Objective

Move all cards to the four foundations.

Foundation Rules

  • There are four foundations.
  • An Ace may move to an empty foundation.
  • The foundations build up by alternating color.
  • For example the 7♠ may move onto the 6♦ and the 7♦ may move onto the 6♣. Starting with the 7♦ the following sequence can build on top 8♠ 9♥ 10♣.

Tableau Rules

  • There are eighteen tableaus.
  • The tableaus build down by rank regardless of suit.
  • For example the 5♠ may move onto the 6♠, 6♥, 6♣ and 6♦. Starting with the 5♥ the following sequence can build on top 4♠ 3♠ 2♦ A♣.
  • The top card is movable.

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