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Hearts

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Hearts is the well known card game also known as black Moria. There are many slightly different ways to score the hand. It is best played four handed and the play of the game is like whist. The scoring is the same as the window's version of the game. However, as Microsoft did not quite get the rules right and the difficulty enforcing them minor changes are in place.


Rules

Hearts is a trick taking card game best played with 4 players. There are various versions of the rules and scoring. With the game traditionally called black moria. Every trick that a player wins with a heart in it gains them a point and the queen of spades gets 13 points. The aim is to make as few points as possible the game stops either when time is up or when any player at the table goes bust by collecting more than 100 points. If anyone wins all 13 hearts and the queen of spades in a single hand adds 26 points to all of their opponents scores. The opening lead has to be the lowest club (the 3 of clubs is discarded for 3 players and the 2 & 3 with 5 players). On the first trick no one may throw away the queen of spades or a heart. Unlike in Microsoft's version of the game a heart can be lead at any timre other than on the first trick. Cards are passed before the play of each hand and are placed face down on the table and all the cards are passed at the same time. The order goes pass left, pass right, pass second left, pass second right. This sequence is stopped once each player has been passed once and then no cards are passed for one round and the swapping starts again. Each player has to pass 3 cards when the round involves passing cards. The play is like whist all players must follow suit if they can and the highest card wins the trick with Ace being high.

You can find out about opportunities to play Hearts live at the timetable. Please report any external links that have broken or have changed to contain inappropriate material. More information about how tournament play works can be found in clocks and in MSO rules.


External Links

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hearts_(game)