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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 • Re: No tokens for playing Hearts

By Mod_Skratty » September 9th, 2017, 4:46 pm

It's a very old game on Pogo and was never coded to award tokens. At this point, that won't happen unless it is one of the games Pogo chooses to convert to HTML5.

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Hearts • No tokens for playing Hearts

By colorfulpips129 » September 9th, 2017, 4:43 pm

Why are there no tokens for playing Hearts?

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Hearts • Dropping from GAMES

By PEACHIE19671 » September 6th, 2017, 1:11 am

What is wrong with POGO? Several of my family members in different households cannot finish playing GAMES. Either you get an ERROR message or internet has dropped you. Come on POGO - please take care of your problems with the games. We love POGO but this is getting very frustrating.

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Hearts • Re: not able to hearts on the opera web site

By Mod_Kyra » September 5th, 2017, 1:58 pm

Opera is not a supported browser. This doesn't mean that it won't work; but Pogo won't troubleshoot if there is an issue with compatibility.

Have you tried another browser for Hearts?

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Hearts • Re: Scoring

By Mod_Kyra » September 5th, 2017, 1:51 pm

bd63033 wrote:
I thought you received 4 points if your took a trick with a heart. So when playing I did not receive any points if I took a trick with a heart but if I had the highest heart I received 4 points. I understand QS=13 Still new to Hearts so this is confusing when trying to keep your points as low as possible. Scoring is not on game website.



Thank You


I can see where you might be confused.

If you are playing the highest heart, chances are you have taken a trick with 4 hearts in it. That would give you 4 points.

The basic scoring is that each time you take a heart, you receive a point. Each time you take the Queen of Spades, you receive 13 points for a total of 26 points. In Hearts, the lowest score wins so your goal is to NOT take hearts and the Queen of Spades. Unless you are trying to do what's called "Shoot the Moon" which means to take all 26 available points in a hand. There are a few badges requiring you to shoot the moon which is a whole different style of play. You can find some tips in this thread:

viewtopic.php?f=206&t=111977#p1327947


If you're trying to simply win games, you can greatly increase your chances by adjusting your advanced options settings. Click the link and uncheck the "hold" hand in passing. That's the one that tends to get you. You should also play with a game over score of 25 unless the badge you're doing requires a specific game over score.

You can access table options by choosing your own room and table. If you click "play now" or "play with robots", you're limited to preset options.

Hearts is one of my favorite games, online and offline. If you have other questions about strategy, please ask :)

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Hearts • Re: Scoring

By SusyQ151 » September 5th, 2017, 12:56 pm

bd63033 wrote:
I thought you received 4 points if your took a trick with a heart. So when playing I did not receive any points if I took a trick with a heart but if I had the highest heart I received 4 points. I understand QS=13 Still new to Hearts so this is confusing when trying to keep your points as low as possible. Scoring is not on game website.



Thank You


On the How to Play tab, if you scroll all the way down, there is a link to the Complete Game Guide (clickable link). Link added for your convenience.

If you look under The Basics, you will note that each heart is 1 point. If you take a trick that has 1 heart in it and no Queen of Spades, you will be given 1 point.

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Hearts • Re: Scoring

By skeetspark » September 5th, 2017, 12:50 pm

I really don't know much about Hearts. If you scroll down below the game screen and click the How to Play tab and then when that comes up , scroll all the way to the bottom an click on Complete Game Guide, you can get all the information on how the cards are scored in Pogo Hearts. Which may or may not be the same as Hearts is always played.

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Hearts • Scoring

By bd63033 » September 5th, 2017, 12:39 pm

I thought you received 4 points if your took a trick with a heart. So when playing I did not receive any points if I took a trick with a heart but if I had the highest heart I received 4 points. I understand QS=13 Still new to Hearts so this is confusing when trying to keep your points as low as possible. Scoring is not on game website.



Thank You

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Hearts • not able to hearts on the opera web site

By newbillycal275 » September 4th, 2017, 3:27 pm

Why when trying to play hearts I get an error message and will not load up the game, this happens on Opera web site? I am able to play other games i.e bowling ,word games, and other games also.

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Hearts • Re: No tokens for playing Hearts

By SusyQ151 » August 26th, 2017, 12:26 pm

colorfulpips129 wrote:
Can anyone tell me why there are no tokens awarded for Hearts? :(


Because like Euchre, Backgammon, Bridge, and a few others, it is an old game that was never coded to reward with tokens.

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Hearts • No tokens for playing Hearts

By colorfulpips129 » August 26th, 2017, 12:18 pm

Can anyone tell me why there are no tokens awarded for Hearts? :(

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Hearts • Re: Expand the hearts game window

By Mod_Jada » August 20th, 2017, 9:48 am

Try lowering your screen resolution and see if that helps. See below:

Help With Game Size Issues

Also make sure your screen resolution is set to at least 1024 X 768. See below:

How To Adjust Screen Resolution


And make sure your browser's zoom is set at 100 percent.

While on your home page, hold down the CTRL key and press the Zero key (above the letter P on your keyboard) at the same time.
That will reset your zoom. Do that before you go to the game.

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Hearts • Re: Expand the hearts game window

By pc6864 » August 19th, 2017, 7:13 pm

How do I update my screen resolution to be able to see the entire game screen while playing hearts? I have only a partial screen and cannot see or pull up the lower part and the whole right hand part of the screen.

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Hearts • Re: Expand the hearts game window

By SataiDelen » August 19th, 2017, 1:14 am

I don't think that's a full screen game.

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Hearts • Expand the hearts game window

By pc6864 » August 18th, 2017, 6:31 pm

How do I expand the hearts window to see the full game window?

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