Hearts - Card Game

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Hearts is one of the most widely known card games in the world, thanks to Microsoft, which gave this game pre-loaded with their popular operating system, Windows. So if you are reading this on a computer with Windows, then you have most probably played it. Traditionally a two player game, Hearts can also be played by four to six players and unlike most other card games, Hearts is an evasive action game, wherein you try and avoid winning points, instead of gaining them.

Hearts is actually a modern version of the 17th century game Reverse, in which, players used to get penalty points whenever a trick was won. Four Jacks was also a game similar to Hearts, where players had to avoid the tricks containing jack cards in them. Around 1850, Hearts was invented by simply adding some penalty cards to the game of 'Reverse'. But that version was a lot simpler than the Hearts we play, today. A variation of this game, known as 'Jack of Diamonds' was introduced in 1920 after which the scoring system of the game was changed.

Like mentioned before, you have to aim for the lowest score while playing Hearts. So if you win a trick that involves certain cards, such as a queen or heart card, then you get certain number of points so, the objective is to not win the tricks with such cards. In the most popular variant of Hearts, you first have to take three cards out of your hand and pass it on to the player on your left side.

Hearts is played with a deck of 52 cards and its rules are very simple. Each player is dealt 13 cards, assuming there are four players. Now before game play begins, each player needs to choose three cards which will be passed face down to the player sitting to their right. Play begins with the player to the left of the dealer, and then onwards in a clockwise manner. Player with the highest card in the trick takes all the cards as well as starts the next trick. To score a player's progress, remember that each heart gets one point, and each queen is worth 13 points. If any of the players reaches 100 points, the game ends, but the winner is the player with the least number of points.

Today, Hearts is one of the most commonly played computer games, and not just because of its presence in Windows. And even though the computer version of Hearts is present virtually on every computer, you can still play this game online. The online version also gives you the pleasure of playing the game with real people, instead of three computer generated names and is visually pleasing.

Now that you know the rules and where to find your own version of the game, stop hanging around and go win some 'Hearts'.

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