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About Hearts

Hearts is a trick-taking card game usually played by four players, but it can accommodate three to seven players with minor rule adjustments. The game is played with a standard 52-card deck, and the primary objective is to avoid collecting certain cards while trying to force your opponents to collect them instead. Hearts is known for its simplicity in terms of rules but complexity in terms of strategy.

Setting Up the Game

Setting up a game of Hearts is quite straightforward. Here's how it's done:

Players: Hearts is typically played by four players. If there are more players, the deck may need to be adjusted, or players can take turns.

Deck: Use a standard 52-card deck. Remove Jokers if they are included.

Dealing: Shuffle the deck and deal 13 cards to each player. Players organize their hands by suit and rank.

Hearts gameplay

Hearts is played over several rounds, with each round consisting of multiple tricks. The game follows these basic steps:

  • Leading the Trick: The player with the 2 of Clubs leads the first trick. Players must follow the leading suit if they have a card of that suit. If they don't, they can play any card from their hand.
  • Winning Tricks: The player who plays the highest-ranked card of the leading suit wins the trick. However, players are not allowed to play Hearts or the Queen of Spades in the first trick.
  • Collecting Hearts and the Queen of Spades: Hearts and the Queen of Spades are penalty cards. Players aim to avoid winning tricks containing these cards as they contribute penalty points. Each Heart card is worth one penalty point, and the Queen of Spades is worth thirteen penalty points.
  • Scoring: Players tally their penalty points at the end of each round. The player with the fewest penalty points wins, and the game is often played to a predetermined number of points, typically 50 or 100

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Card GamesPuzzle Games

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