HEARTS ONLINE

The game of Hearts as currently known originated with a family of related games called Reversis, which became popular around 1750 in Spain. The game has become popular in live play among grade school students in Canada, and has increased in popularity through Internet gaming sites. In many parts of the world it became known through the Microsoft version of the game packaged with most 1990s versions of its Windows operating system.

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Basic Rules

Hearts is a four-player point-based strategy card game. The object of the game is to be the player with the fewest points. Cards have the following point values: Hearts: 1 point, Queen of Spades: 13 points, Other cards: 0 points.

The layout

Hearts uses the standard 52-card pack. Each player is dealt a hand of 13 cards from a 52 card deck. The hand is sorted by suit, then rank: Clubs, Diamonds, Spades, Hearts. Cards that are out of play are darkened.

To Win

The game ends when a player reaches 100 points. The winner is the player with the lowest total score.

How to play Hearts

The game begins with all cards being deal. Next, each player chooses three cards, and passes them to another player. After receiving 3 cards passed to you, the first trick is led by the player to the left of the dealer. Play continues in a clockwise manner. Each player plays one card and together they are called a trick. The highest card in the led suit wins and the point value of all the cards in that trick are assessed. You must follow suit until your hand is absent of the led suit. At that point, any card can be played. The player that wins the trick now leads a card. Hearts cannot be led until they are BROKEN by either someone playing a Heart or the Queen of Spades on a trick. Play continues in this manner until all cards are gone.

Variations:

There are many variations of this awesome game such as: Small Hearts, Royal Hearts, Queens, Rickety Kate, Partnership Hearts, Likha, Chinese Hearts, Booster Nines, 500 Hearts.

Hearts strategies and tips:

Success in Hearts is largely determined by the cards you discard before every hand. There are two basic passing strategies. The first, and most obvious, is simply to rid your hand of the dangerous cards: High hearts; the ace, king, or queen of spades; and any other high cards. A second strategy is to try to empty your hand of a single suit by passing only one suit to your opponent. Once you have no cards of a particular suit left, you can discard your dangerous cards every time that suit is led.

When playing with the queen of spades, the number of points in each round doubles from 13 to 26 (the queen being worth 13 points). Therefore, the danger of taking any trick is decidedly increased. It's better to keep the Queen of spades and dump her on someone during play than to discard her only to have her dumped back on you. But you can't keep the Queen unless you have enough spades to defend her (four is best, three is chancy). The best insurance against picking up the Queen of spades is to lead low spades every chance you get.

The most obvious strategy is to play low cards, which is all well and good if you have them, but somewhat more difficult when you do not. A good rule to follow when beginning is to play your high cards on the first lead of a suit and move to your lower cards when the suit is led again. With each play of a suit it is increasingly likely that one of the other players will be out of that suit and thus able to discard points (either hearts or, far worse, the queen of spades.

Hearts game Rules

- There are four players, no teams.

- The object is to get the FEWEST number of points.

- After receiving thirteen cards, each player selects three unwanted cards and passes them.

- Cards have the following point values: Hearts: 1 point, Queen of Spades: 13 points, Other cards: 0 points.

- Each player plays one card and the four cards together are called a Trick.

- The player who threw the highest card of the suit led takes the trick and begins the next trick.

- When a player equals or breaks 100 points, the game is over. The player with the lowest score wins.