Three's Company is a two deck game of solitaire. It is a variation of Busy Aces.
At the start of the game, one card each is dealt out to 8 tableau piles. The eight 3s in the deck are dealt to the foundation piles. The foundation piles will be built up in suit from the 3s up to Kings, then to Aces and Twos. The remaining cards form a stock that will be turned over one card at a time to a waste pile.
Play proceeds by moving up any possible cards in the 8 tableau piles to the foundations. Tableau piles are built down in suit, wrapping from Ace to King if necessary. Only one card can be moved at a time. Spaces in the tableau are filled by a card from the waste or from another tableau pile.
When there are no more possible moves within the tableau, turn over a card from the stock to the waste and continue play. The object is to move all of the cards up to the foundation piles. There is no redeal, so when the stock is empty and all the cards cannot be played up, the game is lost.
The strategy in Three's Company is simply to get as many cards as possible out of the waste and into the tableau piles.
An average player wins about 15% of the time, although with good play it is possible to win over 30% of the time.
Three's Company is a member of the family of games that includes Busy Aces, Deuces, Fours Up, and Penta. Also similar is Fortune's Favor and The Spark.
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