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How to play Hearts

How to Play Hearts Guide

Fast to learn easy to read how to play Hearts rules.

Suitable for 3, 4, 5+ players | Recommended age 13+ | Game complexity: EASY
Genre: Card Games, Electronic Solo game mode: No Co-op: No
Online Version: Yes

What is the goal?

To finish with the lowest scores in the game.

Game setup

You need a deck of cards to play Hearts.


  • All cards are shuffled and dealt.
  • Each player can choose 3 cards to pass on.
  • In the first round, pass to the person on your left; in the second round, to the person across; and in the third round, to your right.
  • No cards are passed in round number four.

The player who shows 2 of Clubs begins each trick and leads that suit. The next player should play a card that matches the suit of the first card already played. If they don’t have a card that matches, they can play any card from another suit.

The Heart can only be played after it has been broken, meaning it was previously played because the player did not have a card in the suit.

The player who plays the highest card of the suit wins the trick.


Tricks that have hearts are worth 1 point, cards with the Queen of Spades are worth 13 points.

Once all the cards have been played, you count the scores and announce the winner.

How do you win?

The game ends when a player scores 100 points. The winner is the player with the least number of points on their scorecard.

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