The Hearts Card Game is a trick-taking card game for four players. The Hearts game is also known as Dark Lady, Black Lady, Slippery Anne, Chase the Lady, Crubs, Black Maria and Black Queen. In the Hearts Game players have to try and avoid winning penalty points during the game.
The Hearts Game's objective is to be the player with the least amount of points at the end of the game of Hearts.
Hearts Card Game Rules:
The Hearts card game is played as follows; The Hearts card game starts by dealing the cards to the players. Every player of the hearts card game is dealt 13 cards. Each player then chooses three cards, and passes them to another player. The purpose of passing cards is to try to come short in a suit, in order to be able to play off-suit to get rid of cards that will force the player to take a trick and thus taking points. So cards to get rid of are cards such as the Ace, King, or Queen of any suit but especially cards of Spades and Hearts. ( since all hearts cards are penalty points and the Queen of Spades is 13!)
The first round of the Hearts Card Game starts with the player to the left of the dealer. Each other player then plays a card from their hand in clockwise direction. In the Hearts Card Game players must follow suit and play a card of the same suit as the lead card. The player that has to play the highest card wins the trick and penalty points. If a player is not able to follow suit, he can play any card from another suit (sloughing or discarding), including Hearts or the Queen of Spades.
A player may not start a lead with a hearts card until "Hearts are Broken," this means a Hearts Card being played in the game. Hearts are broken when a player cannot follow suit and throws a hearts card instead. (a common rule with many Hearts Card Game players is that hearts may not be broken the first round or trick.)
The points are won by the player who played the highest-value card of the round. The player that takes the trick starts the next trick. The game of Hearts continues untill all players got rid of their cards.
Each Heart card scores one point for the player who wins the trick, taking the Queen of Spades costs 13 penalty points. There are 26 possible points in each round of the Game of Hearts. The card game ends when a player reaches 100 points or after a predetermined period of time. In the Hearts Card Game the winning player is the player who accumulated the fewest points during the card game.
Shooting the Moon in the Hearts Card Game:
Shooting the moon ( also known as getting control or capmangoe) is a well known Hearts Card Game strategy. If a player succeeds to take all penalty cards from a deal, the player's score remains unchanged and 26 points are added to the scores of each of the other players of the Hearts Card Game ("Old Moon" rules ). With the "New Moon" rules, the player takes away 26 points from his score instead of adding 26 points to the score of the others players. Shooting the moon can be a dangerous Hearts card game playing strategy, because if the trick fails the player has to take all the points of the deal.
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