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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: Hearts not working

By TheChuckster46 » July 12th, 2018, 1:17 pm

If you download Firefox ESR52(extended release) 32 bit it will allow you to play hearts in firefox.

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Hearts • Re: Hearts not working

By Mod_Skratty » June 24th, 2018, 3:49 pm

MellowMK wrote:why cant I play hearts ?


Are you using a browser that supports Java such as Pale Moon?

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Hearts • Re: Hearts not working

By MellowMK » June 24th, 2018, 3:47 pm

why cant I play hearts ?

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Hearts • Re: Hearts not working

By CharlieHTuna » June 21st, 2018, 2:03 pm

Download firefox ESR 52 and u can play hearts

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Hearts • Re: Hearts not working

By CAGal1950 » June 18th, 2018, 11:04 pm

Firefox doesn't support Java. That was a Mozilla decision. Pogo had nothing to do with it.
IE11 will still support Java. I can't tell you anything about Opera as I have never used it. I do know that Pogo doesn't support it.
Pogo stopped making Badges and adding content to Java games several years ago. And, unless, it becomes one of the new HTML5 games, Hearts will not be playable on any browser come the end of 2020.
Pale Moon seems to be the go to browser for many members. It not only supports Java, it also does nicely with the H5 games.

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Hearts • Re: Hearts not working

By gamer471 » June 18th, 2018, 9:28 pm

Hearts will not load on Firefox, IE, or Opera. This has been going on for quite some time now and it is not right. We should not have to have multiple browsers in order to play these games!! Make hearts work on Firefox so I can work on a badge!!
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Hearts • Re: Shoot The Moon

By Mod_Kyra » June 17th, 2018, 3:42 pm

Yay you! Glad to help.

Hearts has long been one of my favorite offline card games with friends.

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Hearts • Re: Shoot The Moon

By FrogdogsPlay » June 17th, 2018, 10:32 am

Mod- Kyra, thank you SO much! Using your settings and hints, I was able to get my Shoot the Moon badge!

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Hearts • Re: Shoot The Moon

By FrogdogsPlay » June 17th, 2018, 9:56 am

Thank you for the hints. I will sure try these. Wish me luck.

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Hearts • Re: I need help with finishing my challenge.

By Mod_Kyra » June 17th, 2018, 2:04 am

See this thread for tips on setting up your game to help your success:

viewtopic.php?f=206&t=111977&POGO ... 55c54f2c70

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Hearts • Re: I need help with finishing my challenge.

By Rangersrnmbr1 » June 17th, 2018, 1:53 am

The robots do all they can to stop you from shooting the moon but they are no problem to beat. It would be luck if you got a moon against them. You'd need a strong hand. It certainly would be better to ask a group of people then playing with them forever.

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Hearts • I need help with finishing my challenge.

By FrogdogsPlay » June 17th, 2018, 1:24 am

Im trying to finish an album and one of the badges was "shoot the moon 2 times". I got one the first day I played but Ive played over and over and over and over but can't get it. I'm playing robots and they cheat :( I only have less than 3 days. Im not good at this game and I have no one to call on to help me finish. Yes, Im whining ... I just want to get this done. Thanks for listening. :)

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Hearts • Re: muted/blocked players

By CAGal1950 » June 12th, 2018, 5:23 pm

Yes. Blocking only stops them from seeing your location. But, if you are in the same Room, then they will see you.

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Hearts • muted/blocked players

By DarrenDon11 » June 12th, 2018, 5:03 pm

Can a player I blocked see my posts in the lobby?

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Hearts • Re: Hearts not working

By CAGal1950 » June 9th, 2018, 1:52 pm

What operating system are you using and what browser?

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