Royal Cotillion Solitaire Rules
Royal Cotillion uses two standard 52-card decks (no jokers) dealt together. The game is begun by dealing twelve cards in three rows of four cards each, forming the left tableau. The right wing of the tableau is formed by dealing four rows of four cards each. The foundations are formed in two columns between the left and right tableau.
Foundations are formed in the following sequences for each suit:
2 - 4 - 6 - 8 - 10 - Q - A - 3 - 5 - 7 - 9 - J - K
In the left wing of the tableau, only the bottom card of each column is available for play, and spaces are never filled. In the right wing, all cards are available, and spaces are filled immediately from the wastepile, or, if there is none, from the deck.
Cards are turned up from the deck one at a time, and may be played either to the foundations or the wastepile. The top card of the wastepile is always available for play.
The game is one if all eight foundations are completed, or lost if a block is reached.
It is advisable, if you have a choice, to play from the left wing first, thus freeing up additional cards. In the right wing, you should not make a move merely because you can. It is better to wait to make a space until a desirable card to save turns up.
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