OBJECTIVE OF MONTE CARLO: Get all of the cards into the discard pile by pairs
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 1 player
NUMBER OF CARDS: 52 cards
TYPE OF GAME: Solitaire
AUDIENCE: Kids, Adults
INTRODUCTION OF MONTE CARLO
Monte Carlo is a simple matching solitaire game that challenges players to successfully remove all of the cards from the tableau in pairs. Make your choices carefully because after removing cards from the tableau, all of the remaining cards shift to the left and up.
THE CARDS & THE LAYOUT
Monte Carlo uses a standard 52 card French deck. Shuffle the deck and deal out a 5×5 card grid. All of the cards are face up, and they should not be overlapping. The remaining cards are left as a draw pile.
Carefully analyze the tableau to find matching pairs that are adjacent to each other. These cards may be removed from the grid and placed in the discard pile. Eligible pairs include cards that are beside each other horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
After removing all of the available pairs, it is time to shift the remaining cards into their new locations. Starting with the top row, shift cards left to fill any spaces that were formed. Then, go down to the next row and shift cards left and up to fill the gaps formed in the row above it. Continue this process until no more shifting can occur. Now fill the remaining spaces in the bottom row(s) with cards from the draw pile.
Win once all of the cards have been removed from the tableau in pairs and placed in the discard pile.