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Hearts

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

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Hearts • Help With Hearts?

By Blysse » May 30th, 2016, 2:37 am

I need to Shoot The Moon twice for a badge--is there anyone who can partner up with me and help me get it?

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Hearts • Re: points

By Seska42 » May 15th, 2016, 2:44 am

Each Heart card is worth one point and the Queen of Spades is worth 13 points.

Generally, you are trying to avoid taking tricks that include any of those cards because the goal is to try to have the fewest points. The overall winner of the game will be the player with the fewest points.

Shooting the Moon is a special hand that involves taking all 14 of those point cards. When you do that, you get the option of either subtracting 26 points from your score or adding 26 points to everyone else's scores.

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Hearts • points

By bd63033 » May 15th, 2016, 2:25 am

I am new to the game,but do not understand how I got points with the Ks taking a trick. It took the Qs. I thought if you played the Qs it was 13 points. Sometimes you take a trick, but get 0 points. Understanding the points system will help when I practice for "shoot the moon." At this point I do not understand the strategy of taking all 13 hearts. Yes, I have read you post and it did help some.

Thank you.

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Hearts • Re: Can't change options for game

By CAGal1950 » April 26th, 2016, 3:29 pm

Scrollsawer8 wrote:
can someone please tell me how to get into members only rooms...I hate those interruptions

You need to be a Club Pogo member. Your profile is blocked so I don't know if you are or aren't.
If you are, then all you need to do is select a room with the circle P next to it.

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Hearts • Re: Can't change options for game

By Scrollsawer8 » April 26th, 2016, 3:27 pm

can someone please tell me how to get into members only rooms...I hate those interruptions

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Hearts • Re: Shoot The Moon

By BumpysFSIL » April 26th, 2016, 2:27 pm

Good Morning,
If anyone is still in pursuit of the Shoot the Moon badge(s) and would like to team up for it, I'm in.
Please contact me .
I will be more than happy to help.
BumpysFSIL (FSIL = Favorite Son In Law)

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Hearts • Re: Can't change options for game

By Seska42 » April 24th, 2016, 12:18 am

LuvMyScooter wrote:
Help! I go to the options button to change my settings, but when the boxes come up, they have a "faded" look and I'm not allowed to change anything. What am I doing wrong?

The options are faded because the game is already in progress. The options have to be chosen before you are sitting at the table.

You need to pick a chat room in the Chat Rooms tab so that you get a lobby screen with tables. When you sit at an empty table, you'll get an options screen that you can adjust.

If you want to keep the table so that you play friends and/or just play the robots, you can make the table private. Be sure to type a password so that no one can join you unless they have that password.

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Hearts • Can't change options for game

By LuvMyScooter » April 23rd, 2016, 10:38 pm

Help! I go to the options button to change my settings, but when the boxes come up, they have a "faded" look and I'm not allowed to change anything. What am I doing wrong?

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Hearts • Re: Hearts

By larrylowman » April 18th, 2016, 10:15 pm

RedRidingHood101 wrote:
I'm trying to learn HEARTS and hopefully get the "Shoot The Moon" badges at the same time to complete an album before Java disappears. I like the card games, Jungle Gin, Canasta, Spades and Pinocle. Just can't figure out hearts. I would love if someone would help me learn ( and not lose their patience) lol .


What do you mean before java disappears? Hearts is a great game. I hope they don't get rid of it because of java.

You can google hearts strategy. There's some stuff there, too. Also, practice; it is free to play, so play as many games as possible.

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Hearts • Re: Hearts

By Mod_Kyra » April 16th, 2016, 6:05 am

Hearts is one of my favorite games. It plays pretty much like Spades but in reverse. You want to get rid of counters (Hearts and Queen of Spades) and low score wins.

There are tips for Shooting the Moon in this thread:

viewtopic.php?f=206&t=111977

There's another thread that outlines basic Heart strategy. I'll see if I can locate it and link it here.

Good luck.

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Hearts • Hearts

By RedRidingHood101 » April 16th, 2016, 2:20 am

I'm trying to learn HEARTS and hopefully get the "Shoot The Moon" badges at the same time to complete an album before Java disappears. I like the card games, Jungle Gin, Canasta, Spades and Pinocle. Just can't figure out hearts. I would love if someone would help me learn ( and not lose their patience) lol .

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Hearts • Re: Clones on Hearts

By SusyQ151 » April 8th, 2016, 7:09 pm

SeeSpring221 wrote:
Someone is posting smut in the lobby with my name--How does that happen and how can I report it without a name?


You must click on the offending name in the Who's Here list while you are in the game room and choose the Report Abuse option. Fill out the report and submit it.

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Hearts • Clones on Hearts

By SeeSpring221 » April 8th, 2016, 6:51 pm

Someone is posting smut in the lobby with my name--How does that happen and how can I report it without a name?

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Hearts • Re: hearts options

By CAGal1950 » March 31st, 2016, 1:33 pm

You need to select a Room first. Not use the Play People or Play Robots.
Then select an empty table. You will get the Table Options then.

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Hearts • hearts options

By RainmanScott » March 31st, 2016, 1:08 pm

Games options wont change for me

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