The Hearts Card Game:
This card game is a well known and very popular game, by some players simply called Hearts. Play a game of hearts against 3 computer opponents online. The goal of the game is to collect as little points as possible in each round. The Queen of Spades is 13 ( penalty ) points and all the hearts cards are worth 1 point.
This card game is a trick taking game for 4 player.. In the game, players must try to avoid gaining penalty points.
The goal of the card game is to be the player with the fewest points at the end of the game.
The card game starts by dealing the cards to the players. Every player is dealt 13 cards. Each player then chooses three cards, and passes them to another player. The purpose of passing cards is to try to come short in a suit to be able to play off-suit to try and get rid of cards that will force the player to take penalty points.
Cards to get rid of are; Ace, King, or Queen ( especially of hearts and the Queen of Spades )
The first round of the card game starts with the player to the left of the dealer and in clockwise direction. Players must follow suit and play a card of the same suit as the lead card.
Sloughing or discarding in the game;
If a player is not able to follow suit, he can play a card from another suit including Hearts or Queen of Spades.
Players may not start a lead with a hearts card until "hearts are broken," which means a Hearts Card is being played in the game. Hearts are broken when a player cannot follow suit and throws a hearts card.
Hearts Game Scoring;
The points are won by the player who played the highest card of the current round. The player that takes the trick starts the next trick. The game continues untill all players got rid of their cards.
Each Heart card scores one point for the player who wins the trick. The Queen of Spades is 13 penalty points. There are 26 possible points in each round of the game. The card game ends when a player reaches 100 points or after a predetermined period of time. In Hearts the winning player is the player who got the fewest points during the game.
Hearts Game Strategy;
Shooting the moon, also known as getting control or capmangoe, is a Hearts game strategy. If a player succeeds to take all penalty cards from a round, the player's score remains unchanged and 26 points are added to the scores of each of the other players of the card game ("Old Moon" rules ). With the "New Moon" rules, the player takes away 26 points from his total score. Shooting the moon can be a dangerous Hearts strategy, because if it fails the player has to take all the points of the deal.
Hearts Game rules