Rules for Thumb and Pouch

Family: Klondike
Categories: Popular
Variants: Klondike Familiar, Klondike Easy, Klondike Strict, Double Klondike,Gargantua
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Thumb and Pouch is a variant of the popular Klondike. Like Klondike Strict, you get only one trip through the deck; but the rules for building and moving cards in the foundations are more forgiving. With good strategy you will win most of your games, and if you use the Undo command freely, it might be possible to win nearly all of them.


There are four foundations, which are initially empty. There are seven tableau piles, fanned down. The first tableau starts with one card, the second with two cards, and so on to the seventh, which starts with seven cards. The top card of each tableau is face up and the rest are face down. The remaining cards are kept face down in the hand.


Tableaus build down, by not following suit: that is, a six of Spades can go on any seven except for the seven of Spades. The top card of the wastepile and tableaus, and full builds from the tableaus, may be built onto the tableaus. Partial builds (except for the single top card) may not be moved. Any available card or build may be played to an empty tableau.

Foundations build up in suit. Top cards of tableaus and wastepile are available for building onto the foundations. Only an Ace may be played to an empty foundation.


You may deal at any time by taking one card from the hand and turning it face up onto the wastepile. There are no redeals: when the hand is empty, dealing is no longer allowed.


The goal is to move all the cards onto the foundations.


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