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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

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Hearts • Re: Java Problem with Hearts

By Mod_Jada » May 19th, 2015, 9:28 pm

Lynnehathern wrote:
Try clearing your Java cache . Go to Control, programmes, Select Java, General, Settings, then clear it. You may have tried this already, but if not, worth a try. Good luck


You should always restart your computer after clearing your Java cache.

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Hearts • Re: Java Problem with Hearts

By Lynnehathern » May 19th, 2015, 9:18 pm

Try clearing your Java cache . Go to Control, programmes, Select Java, General, Settings, then clear it. You may have tried this already, but if not, worth a try. Good luck

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Hearts • Re: Java Problem with Hearts

By CAGal1950 » May 17th, 2015, 10:49 pm

You could very well have the latest Java installed. But, it it enabled in your browser?
Please use this link and copy the information about your system back here. Please do not change anything.

Pogo troubleshooting system information link

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Hearts • Java Problem with Hearts

By JHicks133 » May 17th, 2015, 10:13 pm

I keep trying to go to Hearts and it keeps telling me my java is out of date when it's not and the game will not load. What do I do? Please help!

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Hearts • Re: Can't get a full screen

By Mod_Jada » April 21st, 2015, 9:25 am

@Mimono1: What browser are you using?

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Hearts • Re: Can't get a full screen

By Mimono1 » April 21st, 2015, 2:41 am

Mod_Kyra wrote:
Sounds like your zoom was changed. Reset by opening the game lobby and table, hold CTRL and press your zero key (above the P) to reset it to 100%

I GET AS FAR AS THE SCREEN THAT IS SUPPOSED TO GIVE ME MY TABLE CHOICES BUT THE TABLES NEVER SHOW IT JUST LOOKS AT ME :cry:

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Hearts • Re: shooting the moon

By AlfOmega » April 16th, 2015, 3:02 am

;) Can anyone help me win the Shoot the Moon Badge?
I need to shoot the moon 2 times. Thank You.
Please!

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Hearts • [Java Games] Unable to load in latest Google Chrome Browser

By Pogo_Cactuar » April 15th, 2015, 3:41 pm

Our team is aware that users who are using the latest version of Google Chrome may experience loading issues in our Java games.

For further information regarding this issue, please visit Pogo News. There is also a work-around listed there to allow Chrome to play Java games until September 2015.

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Hearts • Badges on profile pages are displaying in reverse order

By Pogo_Cactuar » March 31st, 2015, 3:13 pm

Our team is aware that when viewing your profile and clicking on the badge tab that badges are displaying in reverse order from oldest earned to newest earned. We are currently looking into the issue.

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Hearts • Re: Shoot The Moon

By Mod_Kyra » March 16th, 2015, 4:59 am

That's a good option choice, too. I've had mixed results, but it's worth a try.

And you're welcome.

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Hearts • Re: Shoot The Moon

By ThereseLA66 » March 14th, 2015, 10:28 pm

[quote="Mod_Kyra"]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.

Thank you so much. Previous tip was the one that helped me the most I shot the moon twice this afternoon got my badge much appreciated.

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Hearts • Re: [Hearts] Experiencing difficulty, post here!

By Iddntdoit2 » March 14th, 2015, 3:52 pm

Browser = Netscape 5
Cookies Enabled? = true
Do Not Track = undefined
Resolution = 1280 x 720
OS = Windows 7
Flash version = 16.0.0
Java Versions installed = 1.8.0_31,1.8.0_40

Keep getting knocked off whenever another player leaves

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Hearts • Re: Hearts options

By Mod_Skratty » March 8th, 2015, 4:07 pm

Did you use the Play Robots link? If so you won't be able to change your table options. You will need to use the Choose a Chat Room link.

You can still play against robots by making your table private.

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Hearts • Hearts options

By babetwo191 » March 8th, 2015, 4:03 pm

I tried to change my options, but they are grayed out. Why??

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Hearts • Re: 200 pt. game

By CAGal1950 » March 3rd, 2015, 10:54 pm

As a Club Member, the OP may be playing to earn a Badge.

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