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Thirty Nine Steps Solitaire

Thirty Nine Steps is a closed game played with a single deck (52 cards). There are thirteen tableaus that contain three cards each. The objective is to build the four foundations up by the same suit.

Odds of winning: Very High

Win about 4 in 5 games (85%).

Skill Level: Mostly Skill

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

Game Objective

Move all cards to the four foundations.

Foundation

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

Tableau

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