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Hearts

Hearts is a trick-taking card game played with a standard international 52-card deck. Players attempt to take as few tricks as possible with point cards on them. All hearts cards count one point against a player, and the queen of spades counts 13 points against the player.

In this version, one human player (South) plays against three computer opponents (West, North and East).

(Confusingly, the word "hand" has two meanings: each player's cards are called his hand; and each repeating sequence of passing and trick-taking is called a hand.)

DEALING: Players take turns dealing the cards at the beginning of each hand, 13 cards to each player.

PASSING: Players pass 3 cards from their hands to other players.

TRICKS: Play begins with the player who has two of clubs, and proceeds around the table to the left, four cards per trick. Each trick has a winner, who gets 1 points per heart, 13 points per queen of spades.

SCORING: If one player gets all 26 points from a hand (called "shooting the moon"), his total game score is not incremented, but the 3 other players' scores are increased by 26.

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