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Sultan Solitaire

Sultan (or Sultan of Turkey) is a solitaire card game, meaning it is played only by one person. However this game uses two packs of playing cards. The cards are laid out thus:

K ♦ A ♥ K ♦
K ♠ K ♥ K ♠
K ♣ K ♥ K ♣

These cards make up the foundations and will be built up by suit in order. On the single A♥ foundation, the next cards will be 2♥, 3♥, etc,. On the Kings, the order is Ace, 2, 3, etc, of the appropriate suits. Throughout the game, the only card which you cannot place other cards on is the K♥ (the Sultan) in the center location.

Eight cards from the deck are placed around the main layout to make up the reserve.

The player then makes moves, which may be:

  • Taking the top card from the face-down deck and placing it in the face-up waste pile.
  • Taking the top card from the waste and adding it to one of the foundation cards.
  • Moving a card from the reserve into the main design (following on the suit) and then replacing it with the next card from the deck.

The goal is to end the game with the Sultan (King of Hearts) surrounded by his "Queens". When there are no more cards in the deck, the player may re-deal (shuffle the waste and place face-down), but only twice per game. This means the player may only run through the deck three times total, and then the game ends.