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Hearts Rules

Before starting

  • Deck is shuffled and dealt to all players.
  • Players can choose 3 cards to pass to their counterpart.
  • In the first round, players pass to the person on their left.
  • In the second round, players pass to the person across; in the third round, to their right.
  • The fourth round has no pass cards.


  • The player with the 2 of Clubs must start and play that card.
  • When trick is being played, players should match the suit of the first card played. If they cannot, they can play another suit.
  • Hearts can only be played as a starting card after they have been "broken," meaning after someone already played a Heart because they did not have the right suit.
  • The player with the highest rank of the starting suit wins the trick.


  • Tricks that have hearts contribute 1 point to the player's score.
  • Tricks that have the Queen of Spades contribute 13 points to the player's score.
  • Once all the cards are played, the winner is announced.
  • The winner is the person who has the least number of points.
  • If a player has all the hearts and the Queen of Spades, they are said to "shoot the moon" - in this case, that player gets zero points and other players get 26 points added to their total. Thus, the player who shot the moon wins the round.
  • The overall game is won once a player scores 100 points across rounds.