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The goal of this classic card game of Hearts is to keep your score low by picking up the least amount of heart suited cards. Pass unwanted cards to win tricks. When it comes to free card games, think Hearts. Shoot for the moon!


Hearts Objective
The object of Hearts is to have the fewest points at the end of the game.

Broken Hearts
Hearts are broken when someone plays a heart or the Queen of Spades in this classic card game.

Shooting the Moon
Shooting the Moon is a special strategy in which a player tries to take all 13 Hearts and the Queen of Spades. Shoot the Moon and add points to other's score or subtract from your own.

Shooting the Sun
Shooting the Sun is even more difficult than Shooting the Moon. Take every card in the deck and add points to other's score or subtract from your own.

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Passing Cards in Hearts
At the start of each round in this card game, each player is dealt 13 cards. When you receive your cards, you must get rid of 3 cards by passing them to an opponent.

Select three cards to pass by clicking on them, and then click on "Pass cards." The computer will pass them to the appropriate player. Once you have passed your cards, the cards that have been passed to you become visible as soon as your opponent passes them. You must pass cards before you receive cards passed to you.

2 of Clubs Leads the Round
Once the passing round is complete, the player who is holding the 2 of Clubs will find it highlighted in his or her hand. Play begins when this player double-clicks on this card to lead it. To lead is to be the first person to play a card on a trick.

Following Suit
Card game play continues clockwise. Each player, in turn, is prompted to play a card. Each person must follow suit - that is, play a card in the suit that was led, if possible. If you can't follow suit, you may play any card.

When it is your turn, the computer highlights all cards that you may play and allows you to play only one of these cards.

Subsequent Tricks in Hearts
The player who wins each trick leads the next trick, double-clicking on a card to play it.

Play continues clockwise, each player following suit if possible, with the winner of each trick taking it and leading the next, until all 13 tricks have been played. The computer then calculates the number of points each player has taken and displays the score.

Complete Game Guide

If you'd like to learn more about how to play this game, please read the Complete Game Guide.

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Here are some additional pointers designed to help you become a more advanced Hearts player.

Handling the Queen:
In this card game, if you are dealt the Queen of Spades, a question you need to ask yourself is, "Do I want to pass her or hold her?" This will depend on whether you are holding enough additional Spades to protect her - that is, to play on the tricks that will inevitably be led in Spades as the game unfolds. Count how many other Spades you are holding. If this number is less than 3 you should probably pass the Queen.

Handling High Cards:
When you have a particularly bad hand one strategy is to play or even lead with a high card on the first or even second trick in which that suit is led. You have a better chance of taking a trick without points the first time a suit is led than later since, in most cases, more (if not all) of your opponents will be forced to follow suit. Watch out, though: You already know that there is an advantage to voiding in a suit, and the player holding the queen may have done so and be lying in wait.

Passing Strategies:
  • In 3 out of 4 hands, you have the chance to pass 3 cards you don't like.
  • Pass the Queen of Spades if you don't have many Spades.
  • Pass the Ace and/or the King of Spades if you don't have many Spades and you aren't holding the Queen.
  • Don't pass low Spades (2 to Jack).
  • Pass cards so as to void a suit, if possible.
  • Pass high cards, if possible.
  • Pass low Hearts to prevent an opponent from Shooting the Moon.

Shooting the Moon:
The first thing to notice is whether you have low Hearts. In this card game, it is nearly impossible to Shoot the Moon if you are holding a low Heart, since you will almost certainly lose this Heart to another player. This is why, for both offensive and defensive reasons, good players tend to pass at least one low Heart.

For Shooting the Moon, the best setup in your Hearts suit is an unbroken string of Hearts from the Ace on down - the further down, the better. The next best - and usually more attainable - is no Hearts at all.

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Hearts Forum: Latest Posts

Here's the latest from Pogo members chatting in our Hearts Forum where folks gather to make new friends, debate game tips, and share a joke or two. Register to join (it's free)!

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Hearts • Re: Hearts not loading

By shesakeeper2 » May 15th, 2018, 9:20 pm

I am using IE11 extension for Chrome. I have no problems with any other games on Pogo just this one. I've opted in for "always allow" and reloaded and still nothing changes. Guess I will never be able to play Hearts :-( so sad because I enjoy that card game. And, yes all the other Java games load perfectly.

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Hearts • Re: Hearts not loading

By CAGal1950 » May 15th, 2018, 4:11 pm

Hearts is a Java game and it is loading just fine for myself and many others. I am using IE11.
You don't say what browser you are using. Nor, what operating system you have.

Do other Java games load? Have you tried using a different browser?

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Hearts • Hearts not loading

By shesakeeper2 » May 15th, 2018, 3:48 pm

Hi, not sure what is going on but I cannot even get into the game....it appears to be loading but it isn't....I just watch the "dots" that indicate game is loading but nothing happens. Please fix. Thank you.

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Hearts • Re: hearts

By Mod_Jada » May 1st, 2018, 8:06 am

AMYINOH2 wrote:The pop up window says now loading hearts with the three little dots that move in a pattern. It has the club pogo emblem in the top left corner. The background is gray and has the club pogo watermark. However, there's no "tip" that shows like it usually does when a game is loading. The window just stays like that and never loads.

Have you cleared your browser's cache lately?
When you do, remove the checkmark next to "Preserve Favorite Website Data" and then clear the cache.
Close and restart IE after you clear the cache.
See if that helps.

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Hearts • Re: hearts

By AMYINOH2 » May 1st, 2018, 1:52 am

The pop up window says now loading hearts with the three little dots that move in a pattern. It has the club pogo emblem in the top left corner. The background is gray and has the club pogo watermark. However, there's no "tip" that shows like it usually does when a game is loading. The window just stays like that and never loads.

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Hearts • Re: hearts

By Mod_Jada » April 30th, 2018, 7:33 am

AMYINOH2 wrote:I'm having the same problem. I'm using the most updated version of IE 11. If I click "play robots", it will load the game fine. However, when I try to select a specific room, it opens the pop-up window, but the room will not load.

Is the pop up window blank?
If so, click once or twice in the blank box. Wait a few seconds and click again.
See if that helps.
If you are not seeing a blank box what happens when you click "Play" at the bottom of the box?

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Hearts • Re: hearts

By AMYINOH2 » April 30th, 2018, 2:32 am

I'm having the same problem. I'm using the most updated version of IE 11. If I click "play robots", it will load the game fine. However, when I try to select a specific room, it opens the pop-up window, but the room will not load.

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Hearts • Re: hearts

By Mod_Jada » April 11th, 2018, 9:33 pm

What happens when it tries to load?

What browser are you using?

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Hearts • hearts

By howards41331 » April 11th, 2018, 9:27 pm

my hearts game will not load

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Hearts • Re: New Badges

By Mod_Jada » March 31st, 2018, 3:00 am

Lillou824 wrote:I love to play hearts and would love it if we could have badges and ranks for hearts is that something that can be added. It seems to be one of the only games without either. Not sure why! Appreciate any feedback!

Please read the second post from the top of the page.

It's possible that new badges and ranks will be added if Hearts is re-programmed into the HTML5 programming language, but nobody here in forums knows if that will happen.

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Hearts • Re: New Badges

By Lillou824 » March 31st, 2018, 12:53 am

I love to play hearts and would love it if we could have badges and ranks for hearts is that something that can be added. It seems to be one of the only games without either. Not sure why! Appreciate any feedback!

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Hearts • Re: Hearts Lobby WIndow

By Mod_Kyra » March 22nd, 2018, 2:10 am

Also ensure that your zoom is set to 100% in your browser settings.

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Hearts • Re: Hearts Lobby WIndow

By StarWalk_ » March 21st, 2018, 5:39 pm

if you reduce your display settins (on your desktop) to 1280 x 800 - that may help - it worked for me

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Hearts • Hearts Lobby WIndow

By Dillweedu » March 19th, 2018, 9:24 pm

When loading POGO Hearts, the windows do not seem to be maximized. Is there a way to maximize them? This is a recent issue on my system.

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Hearts • Re: New Badges

By Mod_Jada » March 4th, 2018, 11:01 am

letsplay428 wrote:I am trying to get the badge where you need 2 'shoot the moon'. I have been playing for months and never get to shoot the moon. How do you get it? Tks.

See the helpful hints in the thread linked below:

Shoot The Moon

hearts
https://wt.pogo.com/action/pogop/pogogems/fund.do?returnType=game&returnValue=hearts&intcmp=hearts_ingame_gem_fund

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