This simple strategy will help you win consistently at the game of Hearts. Score you hand strength by totaling the number of cards with a face value of eight or greater. A strength score of seven is average. Ducking becomes more difficult the higher your score. Your chance to Shoot the Moon increases along with your strength score, but a score of nine is needed to really turn the odds in your favor. Of course, many face cards help any attempt to shoot and a lot of eights and nines not so much. A lousy hand with high strength helps gauge when you should pass all high cards that you can never cover. Odds favor that you will eat them anyway. Also, when you have to pass the queen, king, or ace of spades; include two club or diamond face cards. This helps to keep the other player in the lead, everyone will know they have the queen, and they cannot target you with the queen as easily. Of course, a player that ducks is the best target for an occsional risky pass. You will be in for some long hard fights, but amazed with all your victories.