OBJECTIVE OF HEARTS: The objective of this game is to have the lowest score. When a player hits the pre-determined score, the player with the lowest score at that time wins the game.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 3+
NUMBER OF CARDS: standard 52-card
TYPE OF GAME: Trick-taking game
How to Deal | Hearts
Cards are dealt clockwise and face down. In a four player game, all players receive 13 cards. In a five person game, all players receive 10 cards and the two of diamonds and clubs are removed. In a three person game, the two of diamonds is removed and players are dealt 17 cards.
How to score:
This is a trick-taking game but the goal is to win a minimal amount of tricks, or better yet, the goal is to NOT win tricks that contain hearts or the queen of spades. At the end of each round players add up the number of hearts they’ve won that round, as well as the queen of spades, and add that to their score. Remember, the objective is to have the lowest score.
Hearts = 1pt/ea
Queen of Spades = 13 points!
Once all cards are dealt and players have arranged their hand accordingly, the player with the two of clubs goes first. If the two of clubs has been removed then lead with the three of clubs.
All players are required to follow suit if capable. In hearts, there is no trump suit. The highest card played of the leading suit wins, and the winner gets to begin the next trick. If a player is unable to follow suit they can throwout any other card in their hand.This is a great opportunity to get rid of any high cards, to prevent winning unwanted suits. The only exception is that neither hearts nor the queen of spades can be thrown out in the very first trick, however, they can be thrown in any trick thereafter, as long as the player is void the suit currently being led.
Players cannot lead with a heart until either a heart or the queen of spades has been played, however, the queen of spades can lead at any point in the game.
Players can determine how many points they are playing to, and the player with the lowest score at the end of the game wins!