Maria Solitaire Rules
Maria is a variation of Forty Thieves, differing in that the tableau consists of nine columns of four cards each (as opposed to 40 cards in Forty Thieves). Also, the tableau piles are built down by alternating colors.
Number of Decks: 2 (104 cards)
Initial Layout: Begin by dealing 45 cards to the tableau, face up, as nine piles of four cards each, spread out vertically so that all cards are visible. Leave space for eight foundation piles above the tableau. The remaining cards form the stock, and are held in a single face-down pile. Also reserve space for a single wastepile.
Object: The object of the game is to build all eight foundations up in suit from ace to king.
Play: Within the tableau, cards are built down and in alternating colors. Only the top card of each tableau pile is available for play. Only one card at a time may be moved, either to a foundation or to another tableau pile. Spaces within the tableau may be filled with any card.
The top card of the stock is available for play to a foundation or to a tableau pile, or may be put on the wastepile. The top card of the waste pile is also available for play to a foundation or to a tableau pile. There is no redeal.
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