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Five Brothers

Original Solitaire

Game info: Mathematical solitaires type; 1 deck (52 cards); 3 redeals

  • Game time: Long
  • Difficulty level: Hard
  • Skill level: Skill
  • Chance of winning: Low; about 1 in 10; 10%

Object of the game: Total winning hands using mathematical calculations with the cards on the tableau.

Solitaire Rules

Value to Reach

  • The sum of the face values of the five cards in the upper row determine the value to reach in each hand.


  • Place cards from the waste to the lower row, as advantageous, in order to reach the sum of the face values of the upper row.

  • It is possible to reach the sum with any number of cards. For example, if the sum in the upper row is 35, you can reach it with:

    • a King, a 10 and a Queen

    • a Queen, a 5, a 9 and another 9

    • an 8, a 4, a Jack, a 7 and a 5

  • Once placed, a card cannot be moved.

  • When the sum of the cards in the upper and lower rows are the same, all the cards are discarded and five new cards are automatically dealt to the tableau.

  • When the stock is exhausted, click the Redeal button to shuffle the cards to start over.

  • Three redeals are permitted (four deals in all).

  • The game is won if you successfully discard all the possible combinations of cards, until there are five or less cards left in the stock.

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