How to Play Hearts – Rules for Hearts Card Game

Hearts is a popular and easy to play game. It is a trick-taking type of card game. With our guide on How to Play Hearts, You can learn the game in 5 minutes. So, let’s start the guide on How to Play Hearts.

Required

Deck

The Standard Deck of 52-cards.

Players

Best played with 4 players.

However, Any number of players between 3 to 7 can play this game.

Ranking of Cards from Highest to Lowest

  • Ace(A)
  • King(K)
  • Queen(Q)
  • Jack(J)
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2

The Object of The Game

The main objective of the game is to score the lowest points. When a player hits the threshold of agreed points(For Example:- 100), Each player’s total points are compared and one with the lowest points wins the game.

The Object of The Round

Several rounds are played during the game and the main object of each round is,

  • Not winning the tricks or say not getting the hearts.

or

  • Getting all the hearts with Queen of Spades.

Dealing the Cards

Each player should get equal cards. So, some cards are removed based on the total number of players. The cards are dealt in the following manner:-

No. of PlayersNo. of Cards Each Player will GetCards Which will Get Removed
3172 of Diamonds
413
5102 of Diamonds,
2 of Clubs
682 of Diamonds, 2 of Clubs,
2 of Spades, 3 of Diamonds,
772 of Diamonds, 2 of Clubs,
2 of Spades,

Game Play

1) Passing The Cards

After dealing the cards, the Next step is to pass the cards. Each player gives three cards face-down to another player in the given order.

  • In the first round, the player passes the cards to the person on his Left Side.
  • In the second round, the player passes the cards to the person on his Right Side.
  • From the third round, just repeat.

2) The Trick

After passing the cards, the player with 2 of clubs starts the trick by putting that card on the table. However, if 2 of clubs is removed at the beginning of the game, the player with 3 of clubs starts the trick and 3 of clubs is led.

Each player plays the card of the same suit on the table. However, if he/she doesn’t have any card of the suit led, he/she can discard any card of any suit. In the first trick, if a player doesn’t have any card of clubs then a heart or queen of spades cannot be discarded.

The highest card of the suit led wins that trick. The winner keeps all the cards of the trick and starts the next trick.

Hearts cannot be led until a heart or the queen of spades is played. However, Queen of spades can be led at any time.

The round ends when all the cards are played.

Score Keeping

At the end of each round, count the score of each player and write it in the scoreboard. Each player gets 1 point for each heart held by him. The player with Queen of Spades gets 13 points. If a player manages to get all the hearts along with the queen of spades than it is called “Shooting the Moon”. He/She does not get any points but all the other players get 26 points.

The game ends when a player reaches the decided threshold (Usually 100 points but players may select it according to their convenience at the beginning of the game). In the end, the player with the lowest points wins the game.

Now you know, how to play hearts and you’ll find fun playing this game.

There’s also a fun game like this one, named Gin Rummy. You should also checkout how to play it.

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