How to play Hearts (Card Game) -

How to play Hearts (Card Game)

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Learn the rules to the card game Hearts quickly and concisely – This visually rich video has no distractions, just the rules.

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The OBJECT OF THE GAME is to be the player with the lowest score at the end of the game. The game ends when one player hits the predetermined agreed-upon score or higher. The game is usually played to 100 points, some play to 50. This game is for 3-5 players.

Setup: shuffle a 52 card deck of standard playing cards, without jokers, and deal the cards one at a time, face down, clockwise. In a four-player game, each player is dealt 13 cards; in a three-player game, the 2 of diamonds should be removed, and each player gets 17 cards; in a five-player game, the 2 of diamonds and 2 of clubs should be removed so that each player will get 10 cards.

The term: “hand” is the time it takes to play all the cards each player holds. The term “trick” is 1 round of play where each player plays one card, the resulting pile of cards makes up the trick.

The player holding the 2 of clubs after the deal makes the opening lead. If the 2 has been removed then the 3 of clubs is led. On your turn you play one card. Play proceeds clockwise from the led player.

Each player MUST follow suit if possible. If a player’s hand is void of the suit led, a card of any other suit may be discarded. However, if a player has no clubs when the first trick is led, a heart or the queen of spades cannot be discarded.

The highest card OF THE SUIT LED wins a trick and the winner of that trick takes all the cards from that trick and places them facedown in front of them, then leads next trick. There is no trump suit. A player may not lead a heart until “hearts have been broken”, that is: when a player discards a heart when another suit is lead. If the player to lead only has hearts AND hearts haven’t been broken, then they pass the lead to the next person clockwise.

Play continues until all the tricks have been taken, then points are scored for each player based on the cards they took from the tricks they won. Each heart is worth 1 point and the queen of spades is worth 13 points. The queen of spades may be led when hearts haven’t been broken, but playing the queen of spades does not break hearts.

When a player takes all 13 hearts and the queen of spades in one hand, they have successfully “shot the moon”. Instead of losing 26 points, that player scores zero and each of his opponents score an additional 26 points.

If no player exceeds the maximum amount of points, shuffle the cards and deal again. The player with the lowest score at the end of the game wins.


  1. In the UK we play a game called Rachael very similar game except we don't pass cards and the queen of spades is 10 points ace of hearts is 5 points king 4 you get the picture total points on the table is 33

  2. I'm leaving this even more confused. Thanks.

  3. Quick question: You say "However, if a player has no clubs when the first trick is led, a heart or the queen of spades cannot be discarded." To whom does this rule apply, and across which duration? If a player has no clubs when the first trick is led, can nobody discard hearts or the queen of spades for the remainder of the hand, or does this rule only apply during the first trick of each hand and no other time throughout the game?

  4. Alright so let's say someone leads with a 10 of spades and the last trick played is a 10 of diamonds who wins? The 10 of spades because it was played first?

  5. Wow After all that …. I am still wondering How to play cards 🤦‍♂️

  6. 2:26 The game will not go well like that. If a player to lead only has hearts and hearts haven’t been broken, then they can lead with a heart anyway.The rule he explained is like telling players what cards a player’s holding.

  7. After watching this once I was super confused lol alot of new terms 😅 but slowing it down and rewatching a few parts it was very clear and and the examples were great. Thank you!!!

  8. just read hearts in Atlantis and wanted to learn this game because apparently, i didn't learn anything.

  9. I remember a variation/house rule for 3 person hearts where the jokers are included and can be high or low, depending on the goal of the trick, without dropping the 2 of diamonds, which still leads. Sometime known as local "Jailhouse" rules, because so many people could not afford bail in the late 80s and 90s that they would end up in jail for several months waiting for trails. Games of skill like chess and checkers, even "bidding" card games were allowed, but no money was allowed to change hands. Kept people sane. And remember some of these people were still awaiting indictments from grand juries, let alone charged, but not found guilty of anything. Makes it problematic with some efforts to charge people money for holding them in jail, as they then become on the hook for being held.

  10. In an alternative version, hearts of 5-10 are worth 10pts, the jack of hearts is 20, the queen of hearts is 30, the king of hearts is 40 and the ace of hearts is 50. The queen of spades is 100, the jack of diamonds is -100 (meaning you want to win it) and the 10 of spades is x2 the points no matter positive or negative, and -50 is the player who wins it has won no point cards (getting +100 then -100 does not count)

  11. Well said and I did learn one thing from this; if it’s the person’s turn to lead and he only has hearts in his hand but they haven’t been broken, then he needs to pass the lead to the next person clockwise. How do you play bloody hearts?

  12. Thanks sir, lol idk whats shot the moon coz the game said i shot the moon lol in my laptop

  13. i don’t know how to play hearts

  14. Can you removed the deleted video in the How To Play playlist? That deleted video is so pointless anyway.

  15. Hey, can you do a how to play for Secret Hitler?

  16. How to play mouse trap or how to play parcheesi

  17. I always thought Hearts was only playable with four players!

  18. good instructions but if all you have is hearts you lead with hearts…not pass to next player….at least thats the way all computer versions ive played are….

  19. If you win a trick, do your points increase or decrease?

  20. nerds like this guy think that carefully enunciating the rules of the game is the same as teaching it, gtfo youtube you bum

  21. I need more card example, l still don't know that sorry.

  22. I have no idea what trick in this context means… If a player has no clubs when the first trick is led, they can't play queen of spades or heart. Is trick the very first card of the entire game? as in 2 clubs? Or is trick the first card laid out for each round, and the 2nd player can't play those cards, but the third and 4th player can, because obviously at some point, a player can play those cards out of suit…

    This isn't really a how to play, this is just a listing of rules. How to play would be describing why you would play certain cards over others.

  23. Hey Frankie, come on out, let's play some hearts! Frankie?!

  24. Just how many of you are watching this cuz you have to code this game.

  25. jesus is coming soon pls give ur life to him if you havent

  26. Thank you thank you thank you for stating the actual objective of the game. Too many naive guides say the object is to take the fewest points, which is just not true. At the advanced level, you will intentionally take points to stop moon attempts, make a critical lead, or save the high player from going out while you are not in first place.

  27. Wait so in a trick you want to play the lowest number in a card?

  28. I thought that a player could lead with hearts to break hearts if they have no other suit in their hand at that point.

  29. Игорь Полтавцев-Настенко says:

    2:47 "The queen of spades may NOT be led…" , but the text in the description says "The queen of spades may be led…"

  30. "Het Frankie lets play some Hearts." Anyone know where this is from?????

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