Similar rules to Klondike, but without a waste and stock. All cards are dealt from the beginning. All face up cards are available for building.
Rules provide a challenge.
Odds of winning: Low
Win about 1 in 3 games (35%).
5 to 10 minutes per game.
Skill Level: Balanced
Winning involves skill and luck equally.
How to Play Yukon
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 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♦.
- Once on the foundation, the top card can continue to move as needed to build sequences on the tableau.
- There are seven tableaus.
- A King may move to an empty tableau. No other cards may move to an empty tableau.
- The tableaus build down by alternating colors.
- 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♣.
- Any card or stack of cards may move together as a group. Any stack of cards may move together, regardless of their build (no restriction on rank, suit or color).
Strategy & Tips
Yukon has about a 1 in 3 chance of winning (35%). Improve your chances with these 7 tips:
- Expose the face-down cards as soon as possible. When all cards are face up, the game is almost always winnable.
- Do not empty tableau piles unless there is a King available to immediately fill it.
- Always move available Aces to the foundation.
- It can be beneficial to keep a Two on the tableau to allow moving a covered Ace.
- Make the moves that are inevitable. Lets say you have a 5♦ on a 6♠. If you can, move the 5♥ onto the 6♣. As there is nowhere else to place the 5♥ there is no sense delaying the move.
- Plan ahead - identify a card that is beneficial to move (for example to expose a face-down card) and look for a card to move to.
- Starting with the top exposed cards, look for cards that can move onto it. Prefer the moves the expose the face-down cards. Lets say the J♠ is one of the top cards, if you have both 10♥ and 10♦ available, choose the one that provides the most benefit. If the 10♥ is already on top of the J♣ it's obvious you should move the 10♦.
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