Hearts Card Game Online
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Hearts Card Game
Hearts is a trick-taking card game for four players. The game is also known as Black Lady. The game is unique as it is an evasion-type game: players avoid winning certain penalty cards in tricks, usually by avoiding winning tricks altogether.
The card game Hearts became popular around 1750 in Spain. In this game, a penalty point was awarded for each trick won, plus additional points for capturing J♥ or Q♥. Over time, additional penalty cards were added to Reversis, and around 1850, the game gave way to a simple variant of Hearts, where each heart was worth 1 point. The Q♠ was introduced in a variant called Black Maria which then became known as the standard Hearts game, and soon thereafter, the idea of “shooting the moon” was introduced to the game to add depth to the gameplay. Passing cards, breaking hearts, leading 2♣ are more recent additions.
How to Play Hearts
Dealing and Playing
- In the first round, the cards are passed to the player to the left.
- In the second round, the cards are passed to the player to the right.
- In the third round, the cards are passed to the opposite player.
- In the fourth round, there is no passing.
The game starts with the player who has the 2 of Clubs. The players are obliged to follow the suite and if they cannot they can give any other card. The one who plays the highest ranked card wins the trick and has to initiate the next trick.
There are certain conditions that have to be followed before you can play Hearts or the Queen of Spades:
- You can’t play them on the first trick.
- You can’t lead a Heart before someone “breaks the Hearts”.
- You can lead a Heart if you do not have any other card in your hands.
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