Shoot the Moon in the Game Hearts. Generally speaking, your goal in a round of Hearts is to take the fewest points. However, if you manage to take all 26 points in a round, this is called “shooting the moon,” and you get to subtract 26 points from your total instead.
Shooting the moon is when you want to win all the hearts and the Queen of spades. If you succeed, you gain no points that round and every other player gains 26 points (in some circles, you have an option to instead take 26 points off your score).
Each hand consists of 26 points, one for each Heart and 13 for the Queen of Spades (♠Q). A player may “shoot the moon” by taking all 26 points in a hand, giving other players 26 points instead (see Scoring, below). A game is over when one or more players get to 100 points. The lowest score(s) win.
Identify hands with a great chance of shooting the moon. the first trick starts with club and doesn’t risk any points (in most rules), “mid” cards such as the 9, 10.