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  #17 - January 10, 2002 - by Thomas Warfield

Aces and Kings

Aces and Kings Screen shot of the game Aces and Kings from Pretty Good Solitaire.
Aces and Kings

Aces and Kings is a challenging 2 deck solitaire game with a simple layout.

At the start of the game, 4 cards are dealt out 1 each to 4 tableau piles. Then 26 more cards are dealt out 13 each to 2 reserve piles. All of the cards are face up. The remainder of the cards in the 2 decks form a stock, which will be turned over 1 at a time to a waste pile.

There are 8 foundation piles. 4 piles will be built up regardless of suit beginning with Aces up to Kings, one pile for each suit, and the other 4 piles will be built down regardless of suit starting with Kings down to Aces, also one pile for each suit. The object is to move all of the cards to the foundations.

Play begins by trying to found any available Aces or Kings. You can move any of the 4 cards in the tableau to the foundations, if possible. When a card is moved from the tableau, the space is filled immediately by the top card of the stock. There is no building on the tableau. The top card of each reserve pile is also available for play on the foundations.

When you have no moves, you can turn over the top card of the stock to the waste pile. The top card of the waste pile is available for play on the foundations. You can play only once through the stock, there is no redeal.

Because there are 13 cards buried in each reserve pile, it is important to play cards from the reserves as much as possible.

The key to winning is to make use of the fact that there is no restriction on moving cards between foundation piles. That is, when you are building the Ace piles up and the King piles down, when they meet you can move cards from one to the other. This is a great way to play off cards that couldn't otherwise be played. When the foundation piles meet, look for ways to move the cards between piles so that you can play off cards from either the reserves or the tableau.

Aces and Kings is a very difficult game to win, even the best players rarely win better than 10% of the time. Most players only win about 5% of the time.

Aces and Kings is among the 400 solitaire card games in Pretty Good Solitaire. It was invented by Thomas Warfield in 1996.

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