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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 • UPDATE: Attention - Solitaire Gardens & Mahjong Escape

By Pogo_Llama » October 17th, 2017, 3:38 pm

Hello Pogo Community,

Yesterday Pogo experienced some issues with Solitaire Gardens and Mahjong Escape. To be safe, we temporarily disabled both games so we could thoroughly investigate - and the issue was found and the team is now working on a solution. The games will remain offline for a bit longer so please keep watching the Pogo Blog for more updates.

Thanks again for your patience.
Pogo_Llama



We are having technical issues with Solitaire Gardens and Mahjong Escape. The team is aware of the issue and we are investigating. While we are doing so, Solitaire Gardens and Mahjong Escape will be temporarily offline.

Thanks for your patience and understanding. I will keep you posted here and on the Pogo Blog with updates.

Pogo_Llama

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Hearts • Re: JAVA problem with MAC

By Norwood1955 » October 6th, 2017, 12:30 am

Thank you for your responses. Been a pogo member since 1999, they have certainly gone downhill in their system maintenance. Don't play much anymore so not playing at all won't be a big deal. Hard to believe that 15 years ago this site was hopping.

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Hearts • Re: JAVA problem with MAC

By SummerWind1200 » October 5th, 2017, 1:37 am

I don't have MAC but am having the same problem. I can no longer play this game. Have been a pogo menber for 20 years but am about ready to dump them.

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Hearts • Re: JAVA problem with MAC

By leibe_ » October 4th, 2017, 4:39 pm

I was having the same problem. I continued to click on update and it finally went through.,

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Hearts • JAVA problem with MAC

By Norwood1955 » October 3rd, 2017, 10:25 pm

I have had a problem the past few days, when I try to play hearts or backgammon I get the "JAVA out of date" pop up. The problem is my JAVA is up to date. I have even tried updating it several times when I get the pop-up. When I run the Pogo diagnostics I have green check marks for everything. Does anyone have a solution or is this just Pogo?

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Hearts • Re: Shoot The Moon

By tobyes » September 29th, 2017, 11:55 pm

Thanks Mod Kyra! Thank you for the awesome tips...now I just have to figure out how to do the 5 rated Euchre so that'll leave only Checkers and Chess for me in the old albums. Be so happy to finally get them all finished, fingers crossed. :)

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Hearts • Re: Shoot The Moon

By Mod_Kyra » September 28th, 2017, 1:33 pm

Congratulations :)

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Hearts • Re: Shoot The Moon

By tobyes » September 27th, 2017, 8:43 pm

Mod_Kyra wrote:
My advice is to access your advanced options (down by the password entry field on your table options) and change the passing pattern. The "hold" hand is always the one that seems to thwart my good score. I select to only pass to the right of me.

I'd also uncheck the option needing Hearts to be broken before playing. It can be very helpful to be able to play your hearts early.

I'd set the game over score to 25 (although I believe you get credit for it per hand) and restart the game until I had a pretty good chance. A good hand would be to have the QS along with at least 4-5 high hearts (including the Ace) and be short suited or able to pass to short suited in Clubs or Diamonds along with having of a suit other than hearts with fairly high cards.

Ideally, you'd want to use up your short suit cards, take the lead as soon as possible, start pulling hearts with your high hearts, then switch to whatever other suit you have a lot of, beginning with the highest cards.

Example:

A-K-10-8 Hearts
A-Q-J-8- Spades
K-J-7 Diamonds
Q-6 Clubs

In the above hand, you'd pass the Clubs. I like passing Clubs because that's the suit first led. I almost never pass Spades at all. Chances are bots will pass you a Heart or two and/or high Spades.

Play any Clubs passed to you. The bots will try to thwart you, so hold that QS until you've seen the KS. If you've deselected Hearts must be broken, you can grab the lead with your A-K Hearts, then Spades, then Diamonds.

I would guess that there's a more than a few people who want to get that badge as well. Posting a request for playing partners is a good idea. It's helpful to mention your time zone and when you're usually online to play.


Thanks for the great advice! I finished the 2 (older albums) badges for shooting the moon today. :)

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Hearts • Re: Scoring

By Mod_Jada » September 27th, 2017, 5:10 pm

tobyes wrote:
Thanks Mod Jada, Just found that as well as viewed the link. Always appreciate all the hard work and efforts put forth here for all of us!


You're welcome :)

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Hearts • Re: Scoring

By tobyes » September 27th, 2017, 3:36 pm

Thanks Mod Jada, Just found that as well as viewed the link. Always appreciate all the hard work and efforts put forth here for all of us!

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Hearts • Re: Scoring

By Mod_Jada » September 27th, 2017, 3:26 pm

tobyes wrote:
Love Hearts and trying to finish the older albums. Not very good at shooting the moon though.

Any hints or help would be greatly appreciated as I have remaining the 2 badges for it. Thanks! :)


You will find helpful tips in the linked thread below:

Shoot The Moon

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Hearts • Re: Scoring

By tobyes » September 27th, 2017, 3:15 pm

Love Hearts and trying to finish the older albums. Not very good at shooting the moon though.

Any hints or help would be greatly appreciated as I have remaining the 2 badges for it. Thanks! :)

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Hearts • Re: 25 pt games

By Mod_Kyra » September 27th, 2017, 1:37 pm

Choose a room and a table. When the table options screen opens, select the 25 point game over score option. You can still play with bots; just make your table private and give it a password.

If you choose "play now" or "play with robots", you'll be left with default settings.

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Hearts • 25 pt games

By SlimyBlinky5084 » September 27th, 2017, 11:58 am

help me please. I'm trying to get a badge from the Card Masters album which requires me to win 25 pt. games no hearts. I cannot figure out how play 25 pt. games. THANK YOU for any help for any help offered.

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Hearts • Re: No tokens for playing Hearts

By Mod_Skratty » September 9th, 2017, 4:46 pm

It's a very old game on Pogo and was never coded to award tokens. At this point, that won't happen unless it is one of the games Pogo chooses to convert to HTML5.

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