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After the pass, the player who holds the two of clubs begins play by placing it faceup on the table. Each player in turn, going clockwise around the table, plays a card until all four players have done so. Whoever played the highest card of the suit originally led takes the four cards, which constitute a "trick," and places them facedown on the table. Cards rank, from highest to lowest, as follows: A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. The winner of a trick leads the first card of the next trick.

A player must follow suit when able to. If unable to, a player may play any card--except that on the very first trick, a player may not play a heart or the queen of spades. A player may not lead a heart unless hearts have been "broken"--that is, unless someone has already played a heart or the queen of spades in a previous trick. (This rule, like many others in hearts, varies in some circles. The rules given here are the most standard, and are the ones used at Yahoo) A player with nothing left but hearts, or with nothing but hearts and the queen of spades, may lead a heart. The queen of spades may always be led (though it's usually very unwise to do so) even if hearts have not been broken.


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