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Maria Solitaire

Maria Solitaire
A game of Maria - Click the picture to enlarge
  • Family: Forty-Thieves
  • Deck: Two 52-card decks
  • Redeals: No
  • Game time: Long
  • Difficulty level: Medium
  • Skill level: Mostly chance
  • Chance of winning: Low - about 1 in 10 games


  • Object of the game: Build eight piles of cards in suit, from Ace to King.
  • Shuffle two decks and deal nine piles of four cards each on the tableau, as shown in the image. Cards must all be face up and overlapping.
Game Procedure
  • Move any available cards to the foundations.
  • If moves are not possible, build down in alternating colors among the tableau piles, moving only one card at a time.
  • Uncovered cards on top of the tableau piles can be moved to the foundations or to another tableau pile.
  • If a space is created on the tableau, it can be filled with any card from the tableau or the waste pile.
  • When no cards can be moved to the tableau, deal cards, one at a time, from the deck to the waste pile. These cards can be played to the foundations or the tableau piles.
  • No redeals are permitted.
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A game of Maria in SolSuite Solitaire

A game of Maria in SolSuite Solitaire

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