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Seahaven Towers

Game Type
Kids, Adults

A relatively new version of Solitaire, Seahaven Towers was invented by Art Cabral in 1988. It may be one of the greatest solitaire card games ever devised because there is very little luck involved - the outcome depends almost entirely on the player's skill. With clever card manipulation, a player should be able to win the game more than three-quarters of the time. An average player, though, will win about once in three times. 

The Pack. The standard 52-card pack is used. 

Tableau. The cards are dealt face up into ten columns of five cards each, and all cards should overlap so that they remain visible. The remaining two cards are placed above the tableau to form two of the four "Towers." It is on these four towers where most essential card play takes place. Well to the left of the towers are two spaces for the  A♠ and A♥ when they become available. Well to the right of the towers are two more spaces, where the A♦ and A♣ are placed when they become available. The four aces form the foundations.

Object of the Game. The goal is to build up each suit onto the foundations from ace through king.

The Play. With the cards overlapping, the lowest card in each column serves as the top (first) card and is the only one in each column that is available for play. Any top card can be moved to an empty tower space; but the player should be careful, because Tower spaces are needed as places to put cards which block vitally needed cards.
The player can play a card onto a top card in the tableau only if the top card is the next-higher card of the same suit. Thus, the 3♣ can be placed on the 4♣. When cards are moved in this manner, a column can grow much longer than the original five cards.

Spaces. When all of the cards of a column have been placed elsewhere in the tableau, onto a tower space, or onto the foundations, the empty space can be filled in only with a king.

Foundations. In the foundations, a higher card is placed on a lower card of the same suit, as in many Solitaire games. For example: The 2♦ may be placed on the A♦ or the 10♥ may be placed on the 9♥ if the 9♥ is the top card in the hearts foundation pile at the time.