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Omnibus Hearts

Game Type
Trick Taking
Age
Adults
Players
4, 5, 6
Deck
Standard

Based on the basic game of Hearts, this version adds two features to standard Hearts whereby a player may actually score plus. The play of the cards takes on heightened interest, since it combines "nullo" play (to avoid gathering hearts and the Q) with positive play to win plus points.

The Plus Card
The hearts and the Q are minus cards, as in standard Hearts. In addition, the 10 counts plus 10 for the player who wins it. (In some localities, J instead of 10 is the plus card.)

Slam
When a player wins all fifteen counting cards - the thirteen hearts, Q, and 10 - it is called a slam and he scores 26 plus (instead of 16 minus).