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Eight Off is a form of patience, named after its employment of eight cells, played with one deck of playing cards. The object of the game is to move all the cards into the foundations.
The cards are dealt, face up, into eight columns (or piles) of six cards each. (These eight columns make up the tableau.) The remaining four cards go into the first four cells. When dealt, the table should bear some resemblance to the picture on the right, although a layout with the cells on the left and the foundations at the top is another option.
The eight slots along the top of the picture represent the cells. These cells can be used to temporarily store any available card from the table. Four of the cells are filled at the beginning of the game.
The four slots along the right of the tableau represent the four foundations. These are meant to be built up in suit from Ace to King.
The tableau piles are where most of the game play occurs. The cards are all face up, and are built down by suit. Empty piles may be filled only by a King.
Technically, one may only move the cards between columns one at a time; however, the presence of a free cell essentially increases the number of cards that can be moved. (e.g., if there are three open cells, four cards can be moved at once—one for each cell, and the one that can always be moved.)