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Video:How to Play Hearts

with Nick Richards

Hearts is an immensely popular card game that many know best from having it on their computer. For beginners, here is a video explaining how to play Hearts.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Play Hearts

Hi, I'm Nick, and today for About.com we're going to take a look at the rules for playing the card game Hearts.

Beginning a Game of Hearts

Hearts is a 2-7 player game that requires you to score the least amount of points to win the game. Commonly played with four players, each heart card collected during the game adds 1 point to your score, with the queen of spades costing you 13. Begin the game by selecting three cards to pass to your left-most opponent. It's usually best to select higher numbered cards such as king and ace, and it is recommended to pass on the queen of spades, if you have it. You will also receive three new cards from one of your opponents.

Play Card of Lowest Value

Once every player has placed a card on the table, the player that has placed the highest number card of the suit as the original card must collect all of the cards on the table and must choose the next card to play. The idea is to play a card of lower value than the original card, or one of a different suit. Remember, you want the lowest score, not the highest. Once each card is played, the talley from that round is scored. Each round is similar, except each second hand requires the players to pass their cards to the right and each third hand requires the players to pass their cards across. The fourth round sees the players keep their own cards, before the cycle begins again.

Finishing a Game of Hearts

The game continues until one player reaches a target score – usually 100 - and once that limit is reached, the player with the lowest score is declared the winner. The player with the 2 of clubs starts the game. Moving clockwise, each player must choose a card to play of similar suit. If a same-suit choice isn't available, the player is free to play another card without consequence, although a points card cannot be played the first time around. To ensure you are the winner of the game, there is one trick you should be aware of, called "Shooting The Moon." If a player collects all 13 heart cards and the queen of spades, their talley remains the same while all the other players in the game get 26 points added to their score. Try not to get caught out in this way!

I hope this helps you master the game. For more information, visit compute.about.com.

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