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Hearts

The goal of this classic card game of Hearts is to keep your score low by picking up the least amount of heart suited cards. Pass unwanted cards to win tricks. When it comes to free card games, think Hearts. Shoot for the moon!


Hearts Objective
The object of Hearts is to have the fewest points at the end of the game.

Broken Hearts
Hearts are broken when someone plays a heart or the Queen of Spades in this classic card game.

Shooting the Moon
Shooting the Moon is a special strategy in which a player tries to take all 13 Hearts and the Queen of Spades. Shoot the Moon and add points to other's score or subtract from your own.

Shooting the Sun
Shooting the Sun is even more difficult than Shooting the Moon. Take every card in the deck and add points to other's score or subtract from your own.

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Passing Cards in Hearts
At the start of each round in this card game, each player is dealt 13 cards. When you receive your cards, you must get rid of 3 cards by passing them to an opponent.

Select three cards to pass by clicking on them, and then click on "Pass cards." The computer will pass them to the appropriate player. Once you have passed your cards, the cards that have been passed to you become visible as soon as your opponent passes them. You must pass cards before you receive cards passed to you.

2 of Clubs Leads the Round
Once the passing round is complete, the player who is holding the 2 of Clubs will find it highlighted in his or her hand. Play begins when this player double-clicks on this card to lead it. To lead is to be the first person to play a card on a trick.

Following Suit
Card game play continues clockwise. Each player, in turn, is prompted to play a card. Each person must follow suit - that is, play a card in the suit that was led, if possible. If you can't follow suit, you may play any card.

When it is your turn, the computer highlights all cards that you may play and allows you to play only one of these cards.

Subsequent Tricks in Hearts
The player who wins each trick leads the next trick, double-clicking on a card to play it.

Play continues clockwise, each player following suit if possible, with the winner of each trick taking it and leading the next, until all 13 tricks have been played. The computer then calculates the number of points each player has taken and displays the score.

Complete Game Guide

If you'd like to learn more about how to play this game, please read the Complete Game Guide.

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Here are some additional pointers designed to help you become a more advanced Hearts player.

Handling the Queen:
In this card game, if you are dealt the Queen of Spades, a question you need to ask yourself is, "Do I want to pass her or hold her?" This will depend on whether you are holding enough additional Spades to protect her - that is, to play on the tricks that will inevitably be led in Spades as the game unfolds. Count how many other Spades you are holding. If this number is less than 3 you should probably pass the Queen.

Handling High Cards:
When you have a particularly bad hand one strategy is to play or even lead with a high card on the first or even second trick in which that suit is led. You have a better chance of taking a trick without points the first time a suit is led than later since, in most cases, more (if not all) of your opponents will be forced to follow suit. Watch out, though: You already know that there is an advantage to voiding in a suit, and the player holding the queen may have done so and be lying in wait.

Passing Strategies:
  • In 3 out of 4 hands, you have the chance to pass 3 cards you don't like.
  • Pass the Queen of Spades if you don't have many Spades.
  • Pass the Ace and/or the King of Spades if you don't have many Spades and you aren't holding the Queen.
  • Don't pass low Spades (2 to Jack).
  • Pass cards so as to void a suit, if possible.
  • Pass high cards, if possible.
  • Pass low Hearts to prevent an opponent from Shooting the Moon.

Shooting the Moon:
The first thing to notice is whether you have low Hearts. In this card game, it is nearly impossible to Shoot the Moon if you are holding a low Heart, since you will almost certainly lose this Heart to another player. This is why, for both offensive and defensive reasons, good players tend to pass at least one low Heart.

For Shooting the Moon, the best setup in your Hearts suit is an unbroken string of Hearts from the Ace on down - the further down, the better. The next best - and usually more attainable - is no Hearts at all.

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Hearts Forum: Latest Posts

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Hearts • Warning, please don't post personal information about others

By Pogo_Llama » November 15th, 2016, 11:58 pm

Posting another player's personal information such as their health, where they live, etc, is a violation of our Terms of Service. Please note the forums are a public place and anyone can see the information that is posted. We recommend if you need to communicate someone's status, to do so privately through Club Pogo messaging or the Guestbook.

Furthermore, if you need to contact a player in your Challenge, please use Club Pogo messaging or Guestbook. Do not post within the thread itself. Talk privately.

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Hearts • Re: Can't Play Hearts With Windows 10

By CAGal1950 » October 18th, 2016, 10:31 pm

Just an FYI: Java updated today: Java 8.111

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Hearts • Re: Can't Play Hearts With Windows 10

By larrylowman » October 18th, 2016, 9:17 pm

SewuniqueP wrote:
have window 10 installed foxfire still cant play it :oops:


The 64 bit version of firefox doesn't support java. You have to use the 32 bit version.

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Hearts • Re: Can't Play Hearts With Windows 10

By beachbenns » October 16th, 2016, 3:14 pm

Click the 3 dots in Edge then 'open in internet explorer' you can install and use java there.

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Hearts • Re: Can't Play Hearts With Windows 10

By Mod_Jada » October 13th, 2016, 10:41 pm

SewuniqueP wrote:
have window 10 installed foxfire still cant play it :oops:


Hearts is a Java game. You need to have Java installed and enabled in your browser in order to play the Java games.

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Hearts • Re: Can't Play Hearts With Windows 10

By SewuniqueP » October 13th, 2016, 10:39 pm

have window 10 installed foxfire still cant play it :oops:

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Hearts • Re: rated games

By larrylowman » October 11th, 2016, 9:39 pm

clhiker wrote:
Am new to Pogo and can't seem to find out how to play a rated game.


If you want to join a rated game, there's a white star (if you want to call it that) inside a black circle that symbolizes a rated game. A majority of players play in the beginner room called Black and Blue. Go there to play.

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Hearts • Re: rated games

By CAGal1950 » October 9th, 2016, 5:46 pm

DeweyDominator wrote:
I have been trying to play a rated game for years! Still haven't been able to play a rated game :-(

Why? If you select your own table and make it rated OR, look for the Star in the Black Circle on a table info, you'll get a rated game.

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Hearts • Re: rated games

By DeweyDominator » October 9th, 2016, 5:10 pm

I have been trying to play a rated game for years! Still haven't been able to play a rated game :-(

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Hearts • Re: picked a free challenge

By Just4FunThisTyme » August 24th, 2016, 10:55 pm

Spiritpoco wrote:
I had to download java again and got the badge. Now anyone got any tips for shooting the moon twice for another badge, TIA


See the tips in this thread: Shoot The Moon

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Hearts • Re: picked a free challenge

By Spiritpoco » August 24th, 2016, 10:47 pm

Spiritpoco wrote:
Picked a free challenge in Hearts which is Java. How can I play?

I had to download java again and got the badge. Now anyone got any tips for shooting the moon twice for another badge, TIA

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Hearts • Re: picked a free challenge

By Mod_Jada » August 17th, 2016, 10:08 pm

Spiritpoco wrote:
Picked a free challenge in Hearts which is Java. How can I play?


You need to have Java installed and enabled in your browser in order to play the Java games.

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Hearts • Re: picked a free challenge

By Mod_Jada » August 17th, 2016, 10:07 pm

BishopsAlley wrote:
Hearts is a Flash game. But, you can still play Java games using IE11 and Firefox.


Hearts is a Java game.

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Hearts • Re: picked a free challenge

By BishopsAlley » August 17th, 2016, 9:19 pm

Hearts is a Flash game. But, you can still play Java games using IE11 and Firefox.

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Hearts • picked a free challenge

By Spiritpoco » August 17th, 2016, 4:40 pm

Picked a free challenge in Hearts which is Java. How can I play?

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