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Flip Flop solitaire rules (2 decks of cards)<< Fission | Florentine >>

Goal: All 8 aces are set out. Build them up to king in the same suit color.

6 waste piles are each dealt a card to start. The top card of each pile is available for play to the ace piles.

Turn up one card at a time from the deck and play it if you can, or place it onto any of the 6 waste piles, regardless of rank or suit. Once placed, cards can not be moved except to the ace piles.

Once the deck has been depleted and no more moves can be made, 'flip' the top card of each waste pile face down to the bottom of the pile. Continue to play what cards you can, and flipping top cards to the bottom.

As each waste pile becomes completely face down, flipping ends. You can now 'flop' the top card face up again. Top cards must be played to release and flop the cards below.

Also known as: Eight Aces

David Parlett renamed this game to "Flip Flop" to better reflect its unique feature, which comes into play after the deck has been depleted.

Like Frog, this is a Sir Tommy style game using 2 decks of cards. These types of games are often difficult to win. Odds are high for winning this game, since every buried card resurfaces again at least once.

David Parlett begins the waste piles empty, as Sir Tommy games generally do. The original rules, however, deal a card to each pile to start. As you turn over more cards, those first 6 cards will eventually get buried, often by cards of a higher rank. You may have to 'flip' entire piles to reach them again, and 'flop' the remaining cards for the win.

The original rules build the ace piles by any suit, as does David Parlett. As Tom King notes, this makes the game too easy, so he suggests building the aces by the same color to increase the challenge.

Rules source: Thirty-One Patience Games, Tom King (Eight Aces) ~ The Penguin Book of Patience, David Parlett

Flip Flop solitaire
This is one of 6 layouts for Flip Flop in Solitaire Forever II.

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