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Royal Cotillion solitaire rules (2 decks of cards)<< Rows of Four | Russian Solitaire >>

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.

16 cards are dealt in a 4x4 layout. There is no building on these cards. All 16 cards are available for play, and replaced from the deck.

Another 9 cards are dealt into 3 piles of 3 cards each. There is no building on these cards. The top card of each pile is available for play.

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

Also known as: Queen's Cotillion

Variation of: Odd and Even

Difference: 4x4 cards are dealt rather than 3x3. Another 3 piles are dealt 3 cards each, with the top cards avilable for play. There is no redeal.

Mrs. Cheney, George F. Hervey, David Parlett, Michael Johnstone, and Peter Arnold deal 4 aces and twos to get things started.

There is a variation of this game named Gavotte, also known as Odds and Evens, that deals 16 cards on both sides, and lets you decide the part each side plays. Descriptions using the name Gavotte (not Odds and Evens), you also choose the starting ranks.

Rules source: Dick's Games of Patience, Dick and Fitzgerald ~ Patience, Mrs. E. D. Cheney (Queen's Cotillion) ~ 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. ~ Enjoying Card Games for One, George F. Hervey ~ The Penguin Book of Patience, David Parlett ~ Card Games for One, Michael Johnstone ~ World's Best Card Games for One, Sheila Anne Barry ~ Card Games for One, Peter Arnold

Royal Cotillion solitaire
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