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Hearts without Black Lady

Game Type
Trick Taking
Kids, Adults
7, 8
Hearts Without Black Lady
Hearts may be played without scoring the Queen of spades as a counting card, so that there are 13 points in play. In this version, players do not pass off three cards to each other, but play their original hands. Settlement is usually by the Howell method: For each heart taken, the player puts up as many chips as there are players besides himself; he then removes as many chips as the difference between 13 and the number of hearts he took. Example: In a four-hand game, a player who won seven hearts puts in 21 chips and takes out six.