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How To Play Mini Cancellation Hearts

Updated on August 20, 2014

Cancellation Hearts is a Hearts card game for 6 or more players using 2 decks of standard playing cards. The following rules are the same as the rules of standard Hearts with one variation.

How to Play

To play Cancellation Hearts, use the rules of Hearts with one variation. The rules briefly are:

Shuffle two decks of playing cards, and choose the first dealer.
The dealer deals the cards evenly to the players. Extra cards go to the winner of the first trick.
Each player passes 3 cards to the right, and receives 3 cards from the left.
The player to the left of the dealer leads to the first trick. The card that is lead cannot be a scoring card.
The other players each play a card of the suit that was lead if possible. If not possible, any card.
The winner of a trick leads to the next trick.
Each player scores at the end of a hand - 1 point for each Heart, 13 points for the Queen of Spades, minus 10 points for the Ten of Diamonds.
The player to the left of the dealer becomes the new dealer.
The player with the fewest points when a player has scored 100 points wins the game.

The Variation

The Cancellation Hearts variation comes when deciding who takes a trick. If two players play the exact same card such as the Queen of Clubs, those cards cannot be used to win the trick. The two cards "cancel" each other.

The trick is won by the highest non-canceled card of the suit that was lead.

If all of the cards played to a trick are in matching pairs, the cards are put in a pile, and the same player who lead to the trick leads to the next trick. The player who wins the new trick also takes the cards from the canceled trick.

Regular Hearts

Could a similar variation be used in a regular game of Hearts?

Add a rule that two cards with the same color and rank cannot be used to win a trick. A Nine of Diamonds and a Nine of Hearts cancel each other. An Eight of Clubs and an Eight of Spades cancel each other.

Hearts, and the Queen of Spades, and the Ten of Diamonds are still the scoring cards, but trick-taking changes.

This new variation could be called Mini Cancellation Hearts.

And Also

Of course, you could take two decks of standard playing cards and remove the Clubs and the Diamonds. (You would need to substitute the two Ten of Diamonds in place of the two Ten of Spades.)

Then if two players play the exact same card to a trick, those cards cancel each other and cannot be used to win the trick.

Of course, there would be more scoring cards. This variation could be called Mini-Plus Cancellation Hearts.

Any takers?


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