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Odd and Even solitaire rules (2 decks of cards)<< Octave | Old Carlton >>

Goal: Move out the aces when you can and build them up to queen in steps of 2 in the same suit. Rank order wraps, with two played onto king. Move out the twos when you can and build them up to king in steps of 2 in the same suit. Rank order wraps, with ace played onto queen.

9 cards are dealt in a 3x3 layout. There is no building on these cards. All 9 cards are available for play, and replaced from the deck.

Turn over 1 card at a time from the deck, playing the top card when you can.

1 redeal is allowed, returning the waste pile back to the deck.

Variations: Royal Cotillion

The opportunity for skill comes in deciding when to play out a card. The top of the waste pile will replace it, so try to wait for an ideal card to turn up.

Note that there is a variation of Royal Cotillion named Gavotte that is also known under the name Odds and Evens (pluralized).

Patriarchs is the same game, but builds up on aces and down on kings, in steps of one, not two. Oddly though, the two games don't appear in rule books as relatives of each other.

Rules source: Dick's Games of Patience - Second Series, Dick and Fitzgerald ~ Two-Pack Games of Solitaire, George A. Bonaventure ~ The Complete Book of Solitaire & Patience Games, Albert H. Morehead & Geoffrey Mott-Smith ~ 150 Ways to play Solitaire, Alphonse Moyse, Jr. ~ The Penguin Book of Patience, David Parlett ~ World's Best Card Games for One, Sheila Anne Barry

Odd and Even solitaire
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