Hearts Archive

Of all the card games still popular in modern Canadian society, all can be classified into one of just a few categories. Doing so, you'll find the largest list appears under the heading, 'Trick-Catching Games'....
What playing family card games when growing up taught me about gambling today. If I told you I learned how to properly manage a gambling bankroll by the time I was 10, you’d probably think I was crazy. Or that my parents were irresponsible. Or at the least that I was a miscreant underage...
Even more ways to play Hearts with alternate rules. In our previous edition of Heart rule variations, we addressed a number of common ways to mix up the rules, either a little or a lot. We talked about playing Hearts with a Kitty and the utilization of more unique passing cycles. We also covered...
Common Hearts rule variations in Canada and beyond. Being such an old, mass-marketed game, you might assume there’s just one way to play Hearts. However, since all you need to play is a deck of cards and a few willing players, there are many common variations to the rules. Some rule changes came about...
Review of Hearts+ Game for iOS, the highest rated Hearts mobile app on the Apple iStore. Hearts is one of the world oldest and most popular card games. Here in Canada, it continues to occupy the tables of friends/family game nights all across the country. And as so many of today’s trivial pleasures have,...
Review of Hearts + App for Android mobile devices. A quick search of the Google Play App Store reveals more than 50 ways to play Hearts on Android smartphones and tablets. Of those with 1k+ installs, they range in popularity from 2.8 to 4.6 stars. Most are free; some are not. With so many...
Hearts is not your typical card game. Like many trick-based card games, it has everything to do with capturing tricks. But in this game, you want to capture the least tricks – especially the least number of hearts, and never the Queen of Spades! Like most card games, there are some inherent strategies you...
Hearts is one of the top five most popular card games in Canada, and among the most widely played throughout the world. It is a trick-catching game, but not like most in its genre. There is no trump to play to, and the idea is not to catch tricks, but to avoid them –...
Hearts is one of the world’s most well known card games. Even if you didn’t grow up playing it, you’ve surely heard of it. An immensely fun card game, Hearts rules are exactly opposite of most trick-catching games. The object is not to catch as many tricks as you can, but as few –...