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Of the games played with a standard deck of 52 playing cards, Hearts ranks near the top in terms of depth of strategy, and the opportunity for skilled players to regularly defeat lucky players. Few hands in Hearts are so good that one finds oneself sitting on a sure thing, and few are so poor that one is inclined to suggest a friendly round of poker instead.
Originally, Hearts was a betting game in which players attempted to win money by avoiding winning tricks containing hearts. All players who managed to take zero hearts split the pot evenly. This version has fallen out of favour, however, and the variant most commonly played today is known as Black Lady. This too has been supplanted in some places by Omnibus Hearts, which is listed here as an accepted variant.
All variants of Hearts have one thing in common: Players seek toContinued page 2/20