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Hearts can be a cut throat card game.

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Hearts, How to Play the Game

When winning at Hearts I always remark on the skill element in the card game, but when losing I stress the luck element. This is the best way to preserve my ego but it does point up a fact. Hearts is a game of skill slightly influenced by the luck of the draw. A skilled Hearts player has vast advantages over the novice in the game, yet a player must only adhere to a few basic principles to become skilled.

This website will take you through the basic rules of the game, review strategy and suggest some fun variations. To navigate the site, simply click on the specific topic in the navigation bar at the top of the page or on the table of contents below. To read through the site in the manner in which it was intended, simply click on the "next page" links at the bottom of each page.

Hearts Contents:

The Rules of Hearts are fairly simple, and the game requires no more than a standard deck of cards and four players.

Knowing What to Pass and what to hold can make a big difference in how a hand plays out.

An understanding of the Strategies involved in Hearts will help you win game after game.

There are many Hearts Variations you can use to tailor the game to your own preferences or style of play.

Hearts is one of the most popular card games in the world precisely because it requires a certain amount of brashness combined with talent and an observant mind to become proficient. An agile mind coupled with an intelligent playing style can win more often than not. Although hearts is not a typical it is frequently played on the internet. Both Microsoft and Yahoo! have online hearts games that run around the clock.

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For other games:
- How to Play Quiddler
- Learn Go
- How to Play L-C-R
- Learn to play Spades!

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