LA BELLE LUCIE



OBJECTIVE OF LA BELLE LUCIE:  Build all cards into foundations according to suit from Ace to King

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 1 player

NUMBER OF CARDS: 52 cards

RANK OF CARDS: (low) Ace – King (high)

TYPE OF GAME: Solitaire 

AUDIENCE: Adults


INTRODUCTION OF LA BELLE LUCIE

La Belle Lucie is a solitaire game that goes by many different names such as The Fan, Clover Leaf, and Midnight Oil.  This is a challenging game with a ten percent win rate.  Players will deal out the entire deck, and foundations must be uncovered from the tableau.  

THE CARDS & THE LAYOUT

This game uses a standard 52 card French deck.  After shuffling the cards, deal out seventeen fans composed of three cards each.  Spread the cards so that the rank and suit are visible.  The leftover card is its own pile.  All cards are dealt face up.

THE PLAY

Move Aces to begin the foundation piles by placing them in a row along the outside edge of the layout.  Foundations are built up in ascending order according to suit from Ace to King.  

The tableau fans are built in descending order according to suit.  Top cards on the fans may be moved one at a time to another fan or a foundation.  When a space is created by a whole fan disappearing, that space is not filled.  

When the game reaches a point that no more cards can be played, a redeal is allowed.  Collect all of the fan cards, shuffle, and redeal into fans of three cards.  Left over cards can form a fan of two or one.

Two redeals are allowed.  After the second redeal, a player may choose one buried card from any of the fans.  That card can be removed from the fan and played as needed.

WINNING

Move all cards into their appropriate foundations according to suit from Ace to King.

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