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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: United States Playing Card Company (October 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889752088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889752082
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,908,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Teddy Bird VINE VOICE on May 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
I've been playing hearts online for a few months now, and have been horrified to learn how bad I am at this game. I take everyone's advice, pass a low heart, void a suit if possible, etc etc etc, but still I eat her highness four out of five hands. So I bought this book. Well, with the exception of a few helpful thoughts in the very beginning of the book, there is emphatic attention paid throughout 75% of the book to preventing Moon, and achieving it. Let me tell you something, MOST of the people in online hearts are not thinking moon usually. That's why I said that this book is not for beginners, in my review title. I am sure it's great for people who have a good grip of the strategies best practiced in this game. But if you are looking to LEARN those strategies, I don't believe this book is good. It's very limited in teaching those things, although it is not totally silent.
I also found the writing style extremely cumbersome. A hand is diagrammed, then its play-through is described in prose, and this is a lesson. NOT. I wanted much more in the way of "black letter law" -- strategies that are time-tested, and then a demonstration of the applications of these strategies.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chris on August 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am an avid Hearts player, having played it on various computers (though only a few times with real cards) for several years. In that time, I have come up with several ways to improve my game, but my rating on the MSN Gaming Zone, where I usually play, continued to flounder below average. Once I read this book and began applying Joe's strategies to my game, I found my win/loss ratio improving and my rating steadily increasing - I have gained almost 200 rating points since reading Joe's wisdom. Granted, you can't win them all, but with help like this, you should certainly win at least your fair share. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the game of Hearts, whether a newcomer to the game or a seasoned veteran. Rules (even for variant forms of the game), tips, strategies, a little history, and even a glossary of terms and list of Hearts web sites - this book has it all!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Coolbaugh on September 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
Not for one looking for principles. Mostly a collection of wild-titled hands, impossible to remember. Chapter Nine, "The Grand Squash," is devoted to a hand the author has seen only 3 times in 20 years. Go figure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
Supposedly teaches by showing many examples and situations where you could have done so and so .. I didn't find any real rules to follow and very few tactics that can be inferred from the examples. I'm an above average Hearts player and certainly have to say that I did not pick up anything to improve my game in this book. The best hearts book? Probably so, but only because there isn't another out there.
Dry and painfully boring.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Stairs on October 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
I read this book with open eyes, as a player I have won a fewtournaments, I have been blessed to have supervised tournaments thatincluded some outstanding matches. I have always had the greatestrespect for the Team Hearts Format, and marvel at the complexity ofthe game. I was so surprised to see mentioned LL, TD, and most of alleccy, 3 of the top players ever to be involved in any of the Heartsevents I have witnessed. The 15 hand match described with so muchdetail and emotions was the talk of the "Zone" for monthsafterwards. Joe Andrews adds humour and expert commentary that makesthis book entertaining and a must for the serious hearts player. Irecommend this book for beginners, intermediate and advance players,everyone will come ahead after reading it. I especially loved thevariations of the game and the discussion on setting up and defendingthe 'Moon'. The illustrated hands adds a professional look to thisbook far above most on this subject.
Happy reading to all and thanks Joe for another great book! Looking forward to reading your insights on Euchre and Whist; hoping they are as good as Hearts and Spades.
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