How Do You Play Hearts the Card Game Rules and Strategies

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Hearts is a popular trick-taking card game perfect for 3-6 players. The aim is to avoid accumulating points. Here’s how you play:

  1. Setup: Deal all 52 cards evenly. In a 4-player game, each gets 13 cards.
  2. Passing Cards: Before each round, pass three unwanted cards to an opponent.
  3. Gameplay: Player with the 2 of clubs starts. Follow suit if possible; otherwise, play any card except hearts or the queen of spades on the first trick.
  4. Scoring: Hearts are worth 1 point, the queen of spades 13 points. Aim for the lowest score.


  • Avoid Hearts: Shed high hearts early.
  • Queen of Spades: Offload the queen to an opponent to increase their score.
  • Shooting the Moon: Collect all hearts and the queen for a 0-point round while others get 26 points.
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