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SAINT HELENA

DOUBLE-PACK

Saint Helena, or Napoleon’s Favourite, is a two-pack patience in which the packs are not shuffled together but used one after the other. 

Although the poker game gives a player some scope for ingenuity and the exercise of his memory, it is such a simple game that one rather doubts that it received its name because it was Napoleon’s chief amusement during his last years.

An Ace and King of each suit are arranged in two rows, the Kings above the Aces.  Twelve cards are then dealt, clockwise, beginning above the left-hand King, as shown in the diagram on the opposite page

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The Kings are built on in descending suit sequences to the Aces, and the Aces in ascending suit sequences to the Kings; with the restriction that playing poker cards dealt to spaces 1,2,3,4 may be built only on the Kings, cards dealt to spaces 7,8,9, 10 only to the Aces, and cards dealt to spaces, 5,6,11,12 to either.

When all moves have been made the spaces are filled from the pack, and when no further moves are to be made, another 12 cards are dealt to cover the cards in position.

When the pack has been exhausted, the restriction of play is lifted, and cards may be built on any foundation from any one of the 12 surrounding waste heaps. 

Also, the top card of each waste heap may now be packed on either in ascending or descending suit sequence.

Three deals in all are allowed.  The waste heaps are picked up in reverse order 12…1, and turned face downwards, so that the bottom card of the 12th waste heap becomes the top poker six card of the re-made stock. No shuffling is allowed.

 

 

 

 

 

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