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What are the odds of beating this obscure solitaire game?

Depending on the deck's starting arrangement, your game either ends in a win or loss, or it never ends. To estimate the probabilities, I simulated 10^8 games (using the Python program below), under ...
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FreeCell: How many cards can be moved at once?

Technically, one In FreeCell, you are only allowed to move 1 card at a time, either to or from a free cell or from one stack to another. That said, it is trivial to move an entire stack of N+1 cards,...
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in Klondike-Solitaire, how likely is a deal with no legal moves?

In Klondike Solitaire there are 7 cards face up on the table, 21 face down on the table, leaving (out of the 52 card pack) 24 cards in the deck. If you're dealing 3 cards at a time, only 24/3 = 8 of ...
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Rules for Churchill Solitaire?

Use 2 standard decks of 52 cards and deal 10 piles with the following rules: Dealing the cards When dealing each row, the first and last card is always face up, while the rest is face down. In each ...
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How to measure the difficulty of a deal in Klondike-Solitaire?

From a human perspective I suppose one's interpretation of difficulty is quite subjective: what one person might find difficult another may find easy. If, for our purposes, we use a rough definition ...
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What are the chances of winning Accordion Solitaire?

Accordion According to one of the biggest player on the solitaire market (SolSuite), the game of Accordion (one card at a time version) has a chance of winning in about 1 of 200 games, i.e. 0,5% ...
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Which solitaire game is this?

This is very similar to a game called "Perpetual Motion" -- the rules from Wikipedia specify gathering same-ranked cards to the left, and only allow for eliminating groups of cards if the four of a ...
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How can I play games by myself when I don't have a table?

Solitaire on the bus has an old solution (really, two solutions). Either standard cards with a play board that has horizontal folded/lapped slots (so a card or stack of cards can be tucked into the ...
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Am I required to make a move in solitaire

You are never required to make a move in solitaire and every digital version I have played has never required any move.
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Free Cell dichotomy

Yes, it is possible. You can enter the game number into this online solver, and it will show you the full solution. Here are the first several moves: -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Foundations: H-0 C-0 D-...
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Solitaire game where you deal four up, four down

The game you are looking for is a mixture between the classic solitaire games Scorpion and Yukon. I've looked through over 700 games in both SolSuite Solitaire and Pretty Good Solitaire and I came ...
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What card game is this, my mom taught me

This sounds like Accordion to me. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accordion_(card_game)
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Looking to identify an unusual type of solitaire

This sounds like it's equivalent to Clock Patience, but with a less space-consuming layout and using the aces as the starter pile rather than the kings. I've also seen it referred to as "Travellers".
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Klondike Solitaire - what to do if 1 or 2 cards are left in the stock?

you deal out the cards up to three. If there are less than three you just deal out those cards. Use what you can. And then put them in the discard pile and start over. If those are the only cards ...
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Name of solitaire game with layout like US flag?

You've described a version of Scorpion Solitaire, but with more cards face up than the usual version. Set up Scorpion Solitaire uses one deck (52 cards). You have 7 tableau piles. Three rows of 7 ...
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Solitaire variant: Piles of 3, top moved by value match. Name=?

It looks like Troika, but that game has no redeal.
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Rules for solitaire card games

Wikipedia has quite a collection, and the site you mention also has a page with further links. You might find more online if you also search for "patience", the more common name for "solitaire" ...
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Double Deck Solitaire for PC 1989-1992

This sounds a lot like Picture Gallery Solitaire, a game that was put out for Palm. I believe you can find an implementation on SourceForge.
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How can I play Dominion by myself (like solitaire)?

Probably the best way to make a bot to play against is to not make it have a deck at all, just every other turn make it take a duchy and on the other turns make it randomly take an attack card and do ...
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What is the name of this solitaire game?

This is a variant of the game Accordian. Here are the rules for Accordian
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Looking to identify Solitaire game

The closest I’ve found is Batsford. Batsford uses 2 decks, and has 10 tableau stacks going from 1 to 10. You didn’t mention how many foundation piles; but given 2 deck I would assume 8 foundation ...
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Which version of solitaire this is?

I believe you are talking about Gaps (or some variant of it). The cards are dealt into four rows of thirteen. The aces are removed and discarded from further play. The gaps that they leave behind ...
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How can I play games by myself when I don't have a table?

There are games that were designed specifically to address this issue. Here is BGG search for them. There are few games in this category, but some notable examples include: Palm Island a light ...
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Am I required to make a move in solitaire

No, playing is not mandatory in most versions of solitaire/Klondike. See these rules (emphasis added): If the card you turn over is playable (either on a foundation or on the tableau), you may do so. ...
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Is there a reliable free cell solver?

The solver you mention do solves this deal with 4 free cells. For MS Freecell Deal #9371310 : TD 2S 8H 4S JC QC 6S : 2H 4C 7S 8S 9D KD 3D : 5S 3C 9S 9H 7D AC KC : 5D 7H 9C 5C AD 6D JD : TC 4D 3H AS ...
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How to measure the difficulty of a deal in Klondike-Solitaire?

Easiest solution: Let people play those layouts The best estimator for how human precept difficulty is, well... humans. If you can let human players play then their win-rate[%] along with time taken ...
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Is the Kansas flavor of Solitaire winnable

I won 1 out of 9 games. (I stopped with my first win.) Note, that @LScottJohnson's comment is not quite true. You can "undo" a card moving up to the foundation. That was a necessary ...
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Solitaire game with all cards up in 5 rows of 10 cards each?

The game sounds like Seahaven Towers. Here is a JavaScript version of the game. The one clarification is that you may have four extra cards on the side. A short explanation of the rules, from the link ...
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Solitaire all cards dealt face up in 13 columns, then 12, then 11, 10, 9

It is not exactly the same rules but it is very similar to Perseverance It's a solitaire game starting with 12 columns, not 13 (the 4 aces are moved to the foundations at the beginning) You have to ...
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Which version of solitaire this is?

Possibly related to Accordion Patience, where a pile of cards can be moved either on to the previous adjacent pile or the pile that is three before. The aim is to reduce the cards to a single pile. ...
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