Rules for Scorpion
Variants: Yukon, Russian Solitaire
Also Known As:
Scorpion is a variant of Russian Solitaire.
Morehead and Mott-Smith give the chance of winning Scorpion as 1 in 10,
in their excellent and comprehensive “The Complete Book of Solitaire and Patience Games.”
There are seven tableau piles, fanned down, each with seven cards.
In the leftmost four tableaus the bottom three cards are face-down;
the rest are all face-up.
The remaining three cards are kept in the deck until you decide to deal.
All face-up cards are available for moving among the tableaus,
which build down following suit.
The moved card and the rest of its fan all move together,
even if they are not all in sequence.
Only Kings or fans whose bottom card is a King
may be played to an empty tableau pile.
When you are stuck, deal the remaining three cards face-up
onto the bottoms of the leftmost three tableau piles.
The goal is to collect all the cards into four piles,
each pile consisting of thirteen cards in suit and in order
from King down to Ace.
Reveal the face-down cards as soon as possible.
Empty spaces are more useful in the three right-hand columns,
where they won’t be filled by the deal. (After the deal, this doesn’t matter any more.)
Exposing Aces (that are already face-up) is less useful than exposing
other cards, because nothing can be played onto an Ace.
(However, such a move may be useful anyway,
because splitting the column may open up other plays.
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