Hearts card game is a four player game played with a standard deck of 52 playing cards. Hearts is a trick taking card game. The object of hearts is to have the least points at the end of the game. The game is played in a series of games, usually until one player has 100 points.
The game of hearts is in the Whist family of card games. The hearts card game is unique in the regard that it is an evasion type game. In most of the Whist card games, such as Spades and Bridge, the object is to gain points. In hearts, the object is to get the least points. Another difference is that in hearts there is no trump suit, the highest card of the lead suit takes the trick.
The entire deck is dealt out to the players to begin play. Each player begins with their 13 cards. In many games played today player have a passing round. In this variation players pass three cards to anther player. How the cards are passed is up to whatever the house rule is, as there are many options on how to do it. A very popular method is to pass to the right the first game, the left the second game across the table the third game and don’t pass on the forth game. Then you would just start as if it was game one again.
The game is started by the player holding the two of clubs. The two of clubs is laid face up on the table. In clockwise rotation around the table each player plays a card. If a player has the suit, in this case clubs, they must play it. If a player does not have the suit they may play any card from their hand.
The highest card, of the lead suit takes the trick. The player that takes the trick, now has to lead a card. It is a common variant that you can not lead with a heart until a heart has been played. Each player now plays their card in turn, same suit if they have it. The highest card of the lead suit takes the trick again. This continues until each player has played all 13 of their cards.
Points are generally given as one per heart in a each trick captured and 13 for the queen of spades. Players can also attempt to shoot the moon. To shoot the moon in hearts card game on must capture all pint bearing cards. This means all the hearts and the queen of spades. If a player successfully shoots the moon, each other player receives 26 points.