How to Play Sixty Thieves Solitaire
Sixty Thieves is like Forty Thieves except it uses two decks of cards, or 156 cards. The tableau has 60 cards, reflecting the name of the game.
The goal is to move all cards from the stock pile and tableau into 12 foundation piles by suit in ascending order.
The Setup and Play Area
Tableau piles: This is the area where cards are placed face-up in 12 columns of 5 cards each, totaling 60 cards.
Stock pile: The remaining cards, or a total of 96 cards, are face-down in the stock pile.
Waste pile: Cards drawn from the stock pile that cannot be placed in the tableau go to the waste pile.
Foundation piles: These are the 12 piles at the top of the game where cards are placed by suit in ascending order from Ace to King.
- Only Aces can start in the foundation, and subsequent cards must be in ascending order by suit. For example, only a 2 of Clubs can be played on an Ace of Clubs.
- Only the last card in the tableau column is playable, and it can either be moved to the foundation or on top of another card of the same suit, one rank higher. A 3 of Diamonds, for example, can be moved on top of a 4 of Diamonds.
- Unlike Klondike, you cannot move a group of sequenced cards in the tableau.
- Cards from the stock pile are dealt into the waste pile. The top cards of the waste pile can be moved to the foundation or the tableau..
- If a tableau column is empty, any legally playable card can be placed there.
- You are allowed a single pass through the stock pile.
- You win when all cards are placed in the 12 foundations. If you can't successfully do this, you lose.
- Create empty columns to move cards and unblock others.
- If you have an empty column, try to place cards of higher ranks to help you create longer sequences in that column. Also, late in the game, consider moving cards from the stock pile into empty columns to get them in the tableau.
- Immediately move Aces to the foundation.
- The first visible sequence may not always be the best one. Plan out your moves to remove as many cards as possible from the tableau.
- Because foundations are built from Ace to King, try to make low cards available so you can move them out of the tableau into the foundation.
- Try to build the foundations evenly. If one foundation is built immediately in the game, you now have fewer cards of that color to help you sequence.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are similar games?
Josephine Solitaire is similar, except you can move sequenced cards as a group, making the game easier. Forty Thieves is the same game, only with two decks of cards, and Thieves of Egypt has the same rules except the tableau is laid out in a triangle.
What is the probability of winning Sixty Thieves?
The game is challenging with a low win rate. We looked at 3,536 random games played. Of those, 189 were won, or 5.35%. This makes the game easier than Forty Thieves, which has a win rate of 3.69%. This is because Sixty Thieves has one more deck of cards and therefore has more building opportunities.
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