Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Dallace W. Unger
Hearts came about in the 19th century and is a negative (or avoidance of) trick-taking game, also referred to as a nullo game. The objective of the game is to have the lowest score. Points are accumulated for each heart card the player has at the end of the round. Hearts shares the idea of trick avoidance with other games such as euchre, whist, and skat. The idea of trick avoidance is directly opposite of the game of bridge, in which the players are trying to take as many tricks as possible. There are a number of variations of Hearts. Basic Hearts is also referred to as Omnibus Hearts. Normally play is with four people, each playing for themselves. Variants exist that allow as few as two players and as many as six. However, even in these ...