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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: tabs not working

By NiagaraCanada » June 24th, 2017, 9:23 pm

I haven't been able to play Hearts for over a week. Doesn't matter which browser I use. My son is a IT specialist, and he can't get it to work. Said it has to be Pogo

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Hearts • Re: tabs not working

By Patscga » June 22nd, 2017, 1:05 pm

I haven"t been able to play hearts for 2 days. It won't download.

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Hearts • Re: tabs not working

By Mod_Jada » June 21st, 2017, 10:36 pm

Are you able to play when you click "Start Game" in the yellow rectangle under the game?

This is not a site wide issue but the problem of not being able to select a chat room has been reported.

The technicians will be troubleshooting the issue. That's all we know for now.

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Hearts • Re: tabs not working

By festivejd280 » June 21st, 2017, 10:28 pm

using aol--tried IE and got cannot load this java game

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Hearts • Re: tabs not working

By Mod_Jada » June 21st, 2017, 6:48 pm

What browser are you using?

The tabs and chat rooms worked fine for me when I tried Hearts just now using Internet Explorer.

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Hearts • tabs not working

By festivejd280 » June 21st, 2017, 6:34 pm

the chat rooms, challenge, etc tabs are not working so cannot choose a room. Not just hearts--but all games.

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Hearts • Update - Attention: Flash Update Issue

By Pogo_Llama » June 14th, 2017, 6:50 pm

As of 2 PM PT, June 16, Mahjong Escape and Undiscovered World should now be fixed. If you're still experiencing issues with these games, you may need to clear your cache and your Flash cache. (Make sure to un-check preserve Favorited sites option).

Thank you.

Hello Pogo community,

Flash sent out an update overnight and this has since created issues on certain Pogo games. The Pogo team is currently investigating which specific Pogo games this is affecting and contacting the developer's to fix these issues. The team is aware of this and working to fix this as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding. I will update here as information becomes available.

Thank you,

Pogo_Llama

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Hearts • Re: Why do I always get"Pogo not responding" while playing?

By Mod_Jada » May 8th, 2017, 9:51 pm

See the thread linked below:

Pogo Not Responding

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Hearts • Why do I always get"Pogo not responding" while playing?

By pc6864 » May 8th, 2017, 1:59 pm

Why do I always get "pogo not responding" while playing hearts?

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Hearts • Re: Not loading

By CAGal1950 » May 5th, 2017, 6:35 pm

What browser are you using?
Have you updated Java to 8.131?

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Hearts • Not loading

By Lizzpapa » May 5th, 2017, 6:30 pm

click on a game and the site sits there doing nothing. Whats up with that?

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Hearts • Re: why do I always get pogo not responding message

By Mod_Kyra » April 26th, 2017, 4:08 am

It may be that you are timing out due to slow connection issues.

There are several things you can try. The easy one to try first is to unplug your modem/router and wait several minutes before plugging them in again to reboot them. Include rebooting your computer, too.

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Hearts • why do I always get pogo not responding message

By mp6466 » April 26th, 2017, 3:10 am

why do I always pogo not responding message ?

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Hearts • Re: Midgame "lost connection error"

By rootsie33 » April 15th, 2017, 3:28 pm

Keep getting disconnected with pogo.com not responding or a problem with the website, I have IE11 latest update, however the scan shows IE8. How do I change this?

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Hearts • Re: 50 pt. games

By Mod_Kyra » April 6th, 2017, 3:30 am

Choose any room. Choose any table. On the table options screen, change the score over to your preference.

You can play bots by making your table private and giving it a password. Bots will fill the empty seats.

If you choose play now or play robots, you'll be stuck with the default options or those chosen by the host of the table.

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