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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 Loading

By Mod_Jada » February 8th, 2018, 6:51 pm

The latest Java update is not working for some players.

See the article linked below:

Latest Java Update

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Hearts • Re: Hearts Not Loading

By coloradofunone » February 8th, 2018, 6:49 pm

Same problem here.

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Hearts • Re: card games

By Mod_Jada » February 4th, 2018, 8:02 am

Please see the article linked below if you are having trouble loading the game:

Latest Java Update

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Hearts • Re: card games

By EmilJvl » February 3rd, 2018, 11:10 pm

cait get this to laod.

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Hearts • Re: Hearts Not Loading

By Mod_Jada » February 1st, 2018, 7:04 pm

glas62 wrote:herts loding, but not room

Are you clicking "Play People" / "Play Robots" or are you choosing a room from the Chat Rooms list and then choosing an empty table?
Are you unable to see the Table Options Screen?
How far do you get in the loading process?

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Hearts • Re: Hearts Not Loading

By glas62 » February 1st, 2018, 6:58 pm

herts loding, but not room

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Hearts • Re: Hearts Not Loading

By Mod_Jada » January 26th, 2018, 10:07 pm

april181967 wrote:I'm unable to bring up the Hearts Room. I'm using IE 11 on a Windows 10 laptop.

The latest Java update is not working for some players.

See the article linked below:

Latest Java Update

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Hearts • Re: Hearts Not Loading

By april181967 » January 26th, 2018, 9:32 pm

I'm unable to bring up the Hearts Room. I'm using IE 11 on a Windows 10 laptop.

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Hearts • Re: card games

By finefritz476282 » January 20th, 2018, 2:45 pm

wont load

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Hearts • Re: card games

By nag1937 » January 19th, 2018, 6:42 pm

pogo hearts wont load

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Hearts • Re: card games

By queen81941 » January 14th, 2018, 6:08 pm

keeps going in an out when playing the game or turns white wile playing the game in hearts an spade

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Hearts • Re: 25 pt games

By Mod_Jada » December 29th, 2017, 8:18 am

steelerchik wrote:when I choose a table it starts at 50 not 25 where do I find a 25 table?

Make sure you choose a room from the Chat Rooms list and then choose an empty table.
Under "Customize Your Hearts Game" you will see "Game Over Score."
Select 25 points from the drop down menu.
Do not click "Play People" or "Play Robots" because those come with default settings that can't be changed, as Mod_Kyra explained in the post above yours.

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Hearts • Re: 25 pt games

By steelerchik » December 29th, 2017, 7:01 am

when I choose a table it starts at 50 not 25 where do I find a 25 table?

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Hearts • Jungle Gin

By Skugee19 » December 23rd, 2017, 8:27 am

I'm trying for a badge that requires me to play the game at 500 score to win. I get to game and it says 100. I click options and it appears but when I click to modify score it wouldn't let me change to to 500 point game option. Then the game deals the cards but it still is at the 100 point win mode.

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Hearts • Re: Can't pass cards

By Mod_Jada » November 15th, 2017, 10:38 am

If you want to change your options do not click on Play People or Play Robots because those come with pre-set options that cannot be changed.

Click on the Chat Rooms tab underneath the game and select a room.
Select an empty table and you will get a pop up screen where you can choose the options you like.

Click on Advanced Options at the bottom of the pop up screen and put a checkmark next to the type of passing you want to allow in the game.

Click OK at the bottom of the pop up after you choose whatever option you like.

If you still can't pass the cards after that, reset your browser's zoom to 100 percent.
While you are on the 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.

If that still doesn't help, try a zoom of 90 or 80 percent.

You could also try using a browser other than the one you normally use to see if you have better results.

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