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Baker's Dozen - solitaire

Baker's Dozen
A Patience game
Named variants Castles in Spain, Good Measure, Portuguese Solitaire, Spanish Patience
Family Bisley
Deck Single 52-card

Baker's Dozen is a solitaire card game using a deck of fifty-two playing cards. The game is so called because of the 13 columns in the game, the number in a baker's dozen.

A deal of Baker’s Dozen in mid-play in PySolFC


First, the cards are dealt into columns of four on the tableau, resulting in 13 columns. Any king that is in the top or middle of each column must be placed on the bottom before the game starts. Two kings that are mixed into one column are placed on the bottom without changing their order.

The object of the game is to build all the cards onto the four foundations. The player must first free up the four aces and if one of them is found, it is placed on the foundation. Building on the foundation is up by suit, each from ace to king.

Only the top cards of each column are available, and cards on the tableau, if they cannot be placed on the foundations yet, can be built down regardless of suit. Furthermore, once all cards are taken out of a column, the column can never be filled.

The game is won when all cards end up in the foundations.


Here are some variations of Baker's Dozen:


The following computerized solvers support solving Baker’s Dozen: