Senate solitaire rules (2 decks of cards)<< Seahaven Towers | Seven Devils >>
Goal: All 8 aces are set out. Build them up to king in the same suit.
8 piles form the 'house' and are dealt 1 card each. The top card of each pile is available for play. There is no building on these piles. Empty piles are filled from the deck.
4 piles form the 'senate' and are dealt 1 card each. Build piles down in the same suit. Any number of cards from the top of a pile can be moved. Empty piles are filled from the deck.
Each time you are done making moves, deal 1 new card to the top of all 8 'house' piles.
Once the deck has been depleted, 4 new piles are added to the senate. The house can fill these, and any empty pile in the senate.
Also known as: Congress
Two different games were originally named Congress. To distinguish them, this one was renamed to Senate.
David Parlett describes this game, summarizing it briefly to follow most of the rules of a game named Triumph. Lady Cadogan's description is a bit less similar.
David Parlett describes yet another game by the name Senate which is quite similar. In that game, the house fills empty piles in the senate, and the deck never fills empty piles except in the natural course of dealing new cards. The senate remains as 4 piles without ever expanding.
Rules source: Lady Cadogan's Illustrated Games of Solitaire or Patience, Adelaide Cadogan (Congress) ~ Solitaire and Patience, George Hapgood (Congress)
This is one of 3 layouts for Senate in Solitaire Forever II.
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