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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

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: [RESOLVED] Purchased items showing as unpurchased

By Pogo_Cactuar » April 22nd, 2014, 10:55 pm

Both of these issues should now be resolved and you should be able to play previously purchased episodes in our Hidden Object Games as well as purchase more.

For those players questioning about the sale in Amazing Adventures today (4/22) the sale is currently on until 4/22 11:59pm PDT, so you should still be able to participate.

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Hearts • [RESOLVED] Purchased items showing as unpurchased

By Pogo_Cactuar » April 22nd, 2014, 7:50 pm

Our team is aware of some users seeing purchased items showing as being un-purchased in some areas, such as our Hidden Object Games. As well as when you attempt to purchase something for Gems, you may be receiving a message that states you do not have Gems when you really do. The team is currently investigating this issue and is working on a solution for it.

We recommend for the time being that you do not attempt to purchase the item for a second time.

Our team is working to have the issue resolved soon.

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Hearts • Re: Change 2 Options

By Mod_Jada » April 22nd, 2014, 6:52 am

@Larry: If you want your comment to get to pogo staff please use the Help link as Mod_Kyra advised in her first post.
We are members here and cannot change anything about this game or any other game.

Since you are a new member please take some time to read the rules for posting in the forums. You can find those rules here:

Forum Rules

Since we can't help you further, I'll lock this.

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Hearts • Re: Change 2 Options

By CAGal1950 » April 22nd, 2014, 5:54 am

Wow, interesting thread. You've been a Pogo member for three weeks and you want to change things already.
The Options allow anyone to set their table the way THEY WANT IT. Your suggestions would limit the available options that have been in place since the game was introduced on Pogo...oh, about 14 years ago. Now, is that fair. Club Members work for Badges. Weekly, Mix and Match and Premium Badge Albums. So, many times in order earn a Badge, we have to play games we wouldn't normally play. Like Hearts. I've been a Club Member for almost 14 years and have run into folks with your mind set and, well, that's why I play the bots. I don't take the game seriously, I play for fun. ;)

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Hearts • Re: Change 2 Options

By Seska42 » April 22nd, 2014, 5:21 am

For your first point: play the way you want to play and let everyone else play the way they want to play. Some people like short games, some like long games, and your preferred range falls well within the available range.

For your second point: play the way you want to play and let everyone else play the way they want to play. Allowing players to join a game already in progress also allows players to win without doing the initial groundwork for a win. I, personally, think it's much more fair to require the game be played from the beginning.

That's why they are called Options. If you don't like them, choose something else. If you don't want to play with certain options, set up your own table the way you want it or look through the tables and sit a table with options that you like. Some people say that all tables should have timers to prevent "stalling" but I hate timers because they are distracting to me. Lucking, those who want timers can have them in most multi-player games and most multi-player games allow me to turn them off. Why should I be forced to use a timer when I don't want one?

Why would anyone want to hamstring other people by reducing the amount of choice? Everyone has the opportunity to choose.

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Hearts • Re: Change 2 Options

By larrylowman » April 22nd, 2014, 5:13 am

I don't think you played hearts for many years. Frankly, I don't think you care too much about hearts, which is fine. If you were a big time player, you would know what I'm talking about. It makes no sense that you can predict the outcome of the game at least 85% of the time, yet you have no problem playing with bots. Playing with bots makes it even easier to win. Don't see why you even bother playing the game at all.

And you still don't get what I'm saying with option 2. I'll say it again, people use it to stall when they're losing and time the game out, hence the option should not be there. I don't want to go to a table, be winning, and then they time the game out to avoid the loss. Yes, I can avoid those tables (which I do, but it's time consuming), but I feel it just encourages stallers. That option really has no other purpose.

I don't have the option to play the way I like; that's one of the reasons I created this thread. Let's not act like I want to get rid of all the options. Most are fine. I'm just talking about 2 of them.


To Mod Jada: If you don't like hearts, don't play it at all. Earn your badge some other way.

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Hearts • Re: Change 2 Options

By Mod_Kyra » April 22nd, 2014, 4:38 am

No, I don't think I missed your point. I just don't agree with it.

I have played Hearts for so many years that I can predict the outcome of my hand at least 85% of the time just from looking at it, be it bots or people. There are several reasons I tend to play bots. I'm not a big game chatter; I get my chat fix from forums. I like being able to walk away and take care of a need or answer the door/phone or get coffee without holding up another person's game and the bots are very patient. Bots play super fast and I appreciate that. The game is so predictable that I like to go into advanced options and switch things up just to switch it up. Many people prefer a traditional game; I don't want to impose my preferences on them.

Since you have the option to play the way you like, why not let all of us have the options we like?

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Hearts • Re: Change 2 Options

By Mod_Jada » April 22nd, 2014, 3:57 am

I always play a 25 point game because I don't like Hearts. I only play it when I'm working on a badge and I also prefer playing with the robots.
I'm glad the options exist so that every person can customize his or her game in the way that works best for them.

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Hearts • Re: Change 2 Options

By larrylowman » April 22nd, 2014, 3:29 am

25 point game? That's too short. Might as well not even bother. Who would play a game that's over 100 points long, yet you can play to 125, 150, and all the way up to 225. Like I said, makes no sense. Around 60 points is the ideal game, but you can't choose that.

You're missing my point on the second option I mentioned in my original post. That option helps people stall and time the game out. It happened to me. That's why it should be gone.

I don't know how you can prefer robots much of the time as they don't know how to play a good game.

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Hearts • Re: Change 2 Options

By Mod_Kyra » April 22nd, 2014, 2:58 am

If you'd like your comments to get to Pogo staff, please use the Help link in the upper right of your screen. We're members here in forums, for the most part.

From a personal standpoint, I like the options the way they are. I often play a 25 point game when pressed for time. I also would object to not being able to prohibit human players from joining my game. I prefer robots much of the time.

I recommend choosing your own room and table. You can choose the options you prefer and wait for others to join your table instead of settling for someone else's choices.

Making fewer options available doesn't make sense to me. They are optional.

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Hearts • Change 2 Options

By larrylowman » April 22nd, 2014, 2:04 am

One is the game over scoring. I don't know why the score is in increments of 25, ranging from 25 points to 225. Makes no sense to me. You should be able to choose the score between 50-100. That makes the most sense.

Two is the option to allow players to replace computer players after the game starts. This option should always be on. Players who disallow this can end up stalling and timing the game out. It happened to me. Very frustrating.

Thank you.

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Hearts • Re: 125 per room

By KINDLINESS » April 22nd, 2014, 1:39 am

When playing Hearts, make certain that you clear out your "Temporary Computer Files" and "Cookies". Deleting those extraneous files helps to streamline the flow of the game's information. This will help to keep the game locking up on you.

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Hearts • Re: 125 per room

By Mod_Kyra » April 21st, 2014, 6:02 pm

The unfortunate fact is that there are alternate ways to access Pogo game rooms...we don't discuss how in forums because Pogo considers it to be cheating and doesn't condone it.

I'm afraid the only alternative you have is to continue to try reloading the room until enough people have left that there is space available.

As a note of caution...for those who do know about the alternate routes, please don't post details of how or where to get that information. It will be removed.

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Hearts • 125 per room

By Yorkshiregal49 » April 21st, 2014, 4:57 pm

Very strange how pogo tells you only 125 per room...but there ends up 139 in the room....then the thing freezes and you cannot get back in as too many in the room...only to find the other rooms in the zone you are playing have 25 at the most.... totally beats me...any suggestions POGO creators how or why this happens.

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Hearts • Locking up on passing

By murrietaguy92562 » April 21st, 2014, 4:44 am

the "HEARTS" game consistently locks up (freezes) when a player passed the cards. you can type in the comments area but you are not allowed to press OK to receive the cards passed. The game needs to be checked out by your IT personnel. Thanks

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