So you already know the rules of the game but now it’s time to pick up some Hearts tips and tricks that the pros use to always beat their opponents.

Here are 5 simple ways to frustrate, aggravate and ultimately win the game of Hearts!

 

1) Start Off Strong

If you don’t have the 2 of Clubs to play on the first trick, play your highest club. If you don’t have any clubs, then get rid of any other high card that has potential to win you a trick.

 

Simple Hearts Gameplay Hearts Tips

 

2) Dump Your High Hearts ASAP

Straightforward yet effective. Don’t worry too much about those pesky low hearts, it’s the high hearts that will sneak up on you. Get rid of them early on!

3) Smoke Out the Queen

After the first trick is played, a player who is not in danger of taking the Queen of Spades will most likely lead with a spade. The reasoning behind this is if the spades keep being led, the players who hold the high spades (Ace, King & Queen) will eventually have to play them. This tactic is known as Smoking Out The Queen. If no one smokes out the queen then later on in the game the person holding the queen may play it in an off-suit trick.

 

Simple Hearts Gameplay Hearts Tips(Here my opponents were trying to Smoke Out the Queen but luckily I was holding other Spades to avoid taking the Queen)

 

4) Create a Void

If you’re holding high spades then you are in danger of getting stuck with that queen so your game-plan should be to create a void right from the beginning. Lead with a suit in which you only have one or two cards. This will allow you to hopefully, later on, dump that queen in an off-suit trick.

 

5) Keep Track of Suits Played

This can get a little tricky but proves to be extremely effective. The number of cards played of any suit will be divisible by 4, until someone dumps an off-suit card, revealing a void.

 

Now that you know the top 5 Hearts tips, why not test them out with Simple Hearts?