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Thirty Six Solitaire

Thirty Six is a builder game that starts by dealing the first 36 cards among six tableaus. The remaining 16 cards in the stock allow for a single pass through (no redeals). Sequences of cards that are built down by rank (regardless of suit) may be moved together. The objective is to build the four foundations up by suit from Ace through to King.

Difficulty: Easy

Rules are easy to understand.

Odds of winning: Good

Win about 3 in 5 games (59%).

Duration: Moderate

5 to 10 minutes per game.

Skill Level: Mostly Skill

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

How to Play Thirty Six

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 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 Rules

  • There are six tableaus.
  • The tableaus build down by rank regardless of suit.
  • For example the J♠ may move onto the Q♠, Q♥, Q♣ and Q♦. Starting with the J♥ the following sequence can build on top 10♠ 9♠ 8♦ 7♣.
  • Any card may move to an empty tableau.
  • Sequences of cards built down by rank can move together as a group. The sequences can build down regardless of suit.

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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