Red and Black (solitaire)
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Red and Black is a solitaire card game which uses two decks of playing cards. The game is so called because all building is done in alternating colors of red and black. It is not related to another similarly named solitaire game of Rouge et Noir (French for red and black), although Red and Black can also be known under that name.
First, the eight aces are taken out of the stock to act as the foundations. Then eight cards are dealt under the aces to become the bases for the tableau columns.
The top cards in the tableau are available for play to the foundations or to the other cards in the tableau. The foundations are built up (each up to Kings) while the cards on the tableau are built down, all by alternating color. Any spaces are immediately filled by the top card of the wastepile, or if none is present, the top card of the stock.
When are no possible moves are made from the tableau, the stock is dealt one card at a time onto the wastepile, the top card of which is available for play to the tableau or the foundations.
The game ends soon after the cards of the stock are dealt onto the wastepile. The game is won when all cards are built onto the waste pile.
Their rules stated above are those laid down by Sloane Lee & Gabriel Packard in the book 100 Best Solitaire Games. There are deviations to this in some solitaire computer packages, like Solsuite and Pretty Good Solitaire, both of which seems to be the prevalent version. These are:
- Packed sequences can be moved as one unit.
- Spaces are filled by any available card or packed sequence.