Hearts is a popular trick-taking game, often played by four players. It’s known for its unique scoring system, where the objective is to avoid certain cards that carry penalty points.
The Deck and Players
- Players: Usually 4.
- Deck: Standard 52-card deck.
- To have the fewest points at the end of the game by avoiding tricks containing hearts and the Queen of Spades.
- Dealing: Deal the entire deck, each player receiving 13 cards.
- Passing Cards: At the start of each round, players pass three cards to a neighbor, rotating the direction each round.
- Starting the Round: The player with the Two of Clubs starts the first trick.
- Playing a Trick: Players follow suit if possible. If not, they can play any card except for hearts or the Queen of Spades on the first trick.
- Scoring Cards: Each heart is worth 1 point, and the Queen of Spades is worth 13 points.
- The game typically ends when a player reaches 100 points. The player with the lowest score wins.
- Avoid winning tricks with penalty cards.
- “Shooting the moon” is a risky strategy where winning all penalty cards can grant you zero points and add points to other players.
Hearts combines strategic depth with the unpredictability of card distribution, offering a rich and engaging gameplay experience.