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Thirteen Packs

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About Thirteen Packs Solitaire

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Screen shot of the game Thirteen Packs from Pretty Good Solitaire.


Thirteen Packs is a unique two deck game that is hard to win. It is often called by other names, such as Leoni's Own, Weavers, Grandma's Game, and others. The rules vary slightly sometimes with the different names.

How to Play

There are 13 tableau piles (hence the name). The two decks are dealt out in an unusual way. The cards are dealt in sequence to the 13 tableau packs. If the card dealt to a pile is of the same rank as the number of the pile (for example, a Five on the 5th pile), then the next card to deal is dealt face down to the stock, and the deal continues.

If the card dealt is an Ace or a King, then the next card to deal is dealt face down to the stock, and the deal continues. When the deal reaches the end of the 13 piles, then a card is dealt face down to the stock, and the deal continues with the first pile again.

Note that if an Ace is dealt to the first pile, two cards are dealt face down to the stock, and if a King is dealt to the 13th pile, 3 cards are dealt face down to the stock. The stock therefore will contain a variable number of cards from game to game.

Play consists of playing all cards that are available to the foundations. There are eight foundation piles, build the left four piles up in suit from Ace to King, the right four piles down in suit from Kings to Aces. Each group of four piles should have a pile of each suit.

Among the 13 packs in the tableau (numbered 1 to 13), there is no building. The top card is available for play on the foundations. Empty piles can be filled only by a card of the same rank as the number of the pile.

Clicking on the stock turns over the top card. The tableau pile corresponding to the rank of this card is spread out at the bottom of the screen. All the cards in that pile become available for play on the foundations, including the top card of the stock, which is placed in position to become the bottom card of the tableau pile. When all possible plays have been made, clicking on the stock again picks up all of the remaining cards, returns them in the same order to the tableau pile, and then the next card in the stock is turned over and the process repeats. When the stock is empty there is no redeal.

The game is won when all cards are moved to the foundations. An average player wins about 2% of the time.




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