Hearts Card Game
Play Hearts at Solitaire Paradise
The Hearts Card Game has quite a few rules, but it is quite a well liked card game if you take the time to learn them. If you fancy a break from solitaire, this is very interesting alternative.
Passing: After looking at their hand, each player chooses three cards and passes them face down to another player. All players must pass their cards before they can look at the cards they have received. The passing rotation is: 1. to the player on your left, 2 to the player on your right, 3 to the player across the table, 4. no passing. This rotation repeats until the game ends.
Playing tricks: After the initial passing, whoever holds the 2 of clubs plays that card to start the first trick. Every player must follow suit if possible. If a player has no cards in the suit, a card of any other suit may be discarded. There is one exception, if a player has no clubs when the first trick is led, a heart or the Queen of Spades cannot be played. The highest card of the suit led wins a trick, and there are no trumps in Hearts. The winner of the trick gets all the cards and starts the next trick. Hearts may not be led until a heart or the Queen of Spades has been played (this is called "breaking" hearts). The Queen of Spades can be led at any time.
Scoring: At the end of each hand, the number of hearts a player has taken, is counted; they count for 1 point each. The Queen of Spades is 13 points. If a player has won all 13 hearts and the Queen of Spades, that player can choose to subtract 26 points from his score, or to add 26 points to every other player's score. Hearts is played to 100 points, when a player reaches this score, the game ends. The player with the lowest score wins.