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Questions tagged [hearts]

Hearts is a trick-based card game where the players compete against each other to avoid taking Hearts and the Queen of Spades.

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In Hearts, impossible to play first hand?

I understand that this is extremely unlikely, but what happens in a game of hearts if you only have point cards in your hand after the deal. For instance, what if your hand is every heart in the deck, ...
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When is it best to break Hearts?

I usually break them as soon as I can't follow suit but others have told me that's not "appropriate." Also, when is it appropriate to play the Queen of Spades? I usually do the same, play it when ...
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“Taking the rest” in the card game Hearts

So I understand most of Hearts and love to play it on my phone. That's where I learned it. There is one thing that I don't get, though. It seems like when a player takes the trick 3 times or so in a ...
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What is the current state of the art in hearts AI?

Occasionally I google around looking for the latest research into hearts AI, and I never find anything. As far as I can tell the best hearts AI out there is still far below the level of an expert ...
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In a game of hearts played by experts, what % of rounds will result in someone shooting the moon?

I'm looking for an empirical result, for example based on logs from an online server or from records of championship events. I'm particularly curious about the difference between Jd games and non-Jd ...
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Can two players tie for first place in Hearts?

At Pagat's website, it says game of Hearts (the card game) ends when a player reaches 100 points or more: http://www.pagat.com/reverse/hearts.html#scoring This implies that the game ends even if two ...
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When should I get rid of the queen of spades in Hearts?

Whenever I play the QS on the 3rd or 4th round everyone gets mad at me and says that's a low down nasty thing to do! I thought the QS should be dumped asap so as not to get stuck with it myself - ...
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A Couple of Hearts Probabilities

Here's what I don't get. I've played a lot of Hearts for many years - thousands of games I'm sure. The number of times I've played a low heart, and the trick has gone 2H, 3H, 4H, 5H seems way out of ...
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What are the chances of shooting the moon in Hearts? [closed]

In Hearts, we just want to avoid getting any heart card or the Queen of Spades. But if we can get all 14 cards, we shoot the moon and everybody else gets 26 points. So, given a fair shuffle, what's ...
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What are effective strategies for passing cards in Hearts?

In Hearts, before three out of every four hands you get to pass three cards to another player. Some people seem to always pass the Queen of Spades while others like to keep her under certain ...
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Where can I play Hearts online? [closed]

I would like to play against other people. Can't seem to find any sites.
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Is there a limit on how good you can get at Hearts?

If you had the best players in the world, and they knew everything about Hearts and had decades of experience playing it, then if they were to each play the same identical game, would they all play ...