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Explore the most friendly and fun spades card game for the whole family. It is currently one of the most popular social games which are played with a full deck of cards. This is a 52-card trick taking game similar to Hearts, Bridge and Euchre. You can read the complete rule set and types of games modes we offer at our official VIP Spades rules page.

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We offer online free multiplayer experience combined with the gameplay that we all know and love! Test your strategies or acquire new winning tactics in our fast and fun card game! The modern animations of the game ensure a realistic gameplay that will bring you the joy only an authentic game can deliver. Log in today – Find new friends and get your free chips daily!

Key Features and Benefits

  • Different game modes available – Pairs, Solo, Mirror, Whiz and Suicide
  • Play on every device – send gifts, chat with friends or meet new people online
  • Invite your Facebook friends to join a live game with you
  • Dynamic gameplay, easy to remember consistent rules and yet complex strategies
  • Receive free chips and enjoy layers of social interactions
  • Never miss a game – reconnect to a live game if there have been any problems with your connection
  • Play spades against the computer in training sessions or if a player disconnects
  • Leaving a game is not tolerated and can result in getting you punished!

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We are pleased to give a one-of-a-kind experience to professional players and newcomers alike! VIP Spades offers different tables for every skill level. Join the training room to improve your spades strategy. Show the other players what you have learned in the “Advanced” lounge. Fight your way to become the best player! Earn your spot at the top of our weekly leaderboards! Play spades in the professional Solo room and show your friends who’s the real master of spades card game!

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Do you have a strategy you want to discuss? Do you want to improve your skills or simply ask a more experienced player for advice? – Visit our global chat or take part in the discussions on our official VIP Spades social pages. On our Youtube channel we are producing training videos, highlighting strategy guides and tutorials. For funny situations, written explanations, news, quizzes and the official spades tournament rules – visit the official blog!

Latest Posts from our Official Blog

Check back at any time to get the latest news and the winning strategies of a classic game of Spade! We host a variety of topics and posts from long-time spades players and professionals.

History of Spades

History of Spades

The modern game of Spades became popular in the late 1940’s, especially on college campuses. It is assumed it descended from Whist. Spades also has a kindred spirit with Bridge, Pinochle, Euchre and other similar games featuring partnership play, bidding and a trump suit. It is determined that this game was introduced first in Cincinnati, Ohio, among the student society.

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        Social Features

        • Complete dating functionality – meet and chat with people from all over the world;
        • Gossip with friends or express your opinion in the global chat
        • Send or earn in-game drinks or chip gifts
        • Collect likes from others for being a great player or just cool
        • Customise and share your own image gallery
        • Enter our globalised community with otherwise standardised rules

        New features and improvements are constantly being added. Enjoy a game of spades plus all the unique interactions that only our advanced online platform can provide.

        Quick Introduction:

        The most popular game mode among the players – Pairs, consists of four players separated in two teams. The game is played with a complete deck of 52 cards (2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,J,Q,K,A), where spades are always the trump suit. A trump card cannot be played unless the player has no other cards besides spades or until a spade has been used to trump another trick.

        The cards are dealt clockwise – the players receive thirteen cards each. Every player must declare a bid – number of tricks from 0 to 13, which he expects to win. He can choose to see the cards or declare a blind bid. A successful blind bid yields 200 extra points. The team’s bids are summed up to form the team’s total bid. A NIL bid is also a valid option, where the bidder declares to take 0 tricks. If he succeeds, the team is awarded 100 points – if he fails, however, the team loses 100 points.

        Differences in other game modes:

        SOLO

        in this mode there are no teams, each player has a separate score and plays for himself. The winner
        receives the whole prize pool. If there are two or more players with the same score, the cards are dealt
        again for another round. A successful Nil bid gives 50 points and an unsuccessful one -50 Points. A blind
        bid cannot be placed. The bag penalty of five bags equals -50 points. Playing games with the Solo mode is preferred my many players and the one-man-army style of play is the reason why most tournaments are with the Solo format.

        SUICIDE

        In this mode the players play in teams but the difference is that one of the team members must bid Nil while the other has to bid at least 4. There are no Blind Nil Bids.

        WHIZ

        In this mode the players must either bid Nil or bid the exact number of spades they possess. Again, no Blind Nil is allowed and the game is played in teams.

        MIRROR

        In teams each player must announce the exact number of Spades they have. If a player doesn’t have any, he must bid Nil. Again, there are no Blind Nil bids.

        Read more about the most popular game modes in our blog post.

        Steady Constant Improvements

        VIP Spades continues to improve! Scheduled releases and new content will continue to amaze you and enhance the quality.
        See the latest news – join us on our community and social pages! You will be able to follow the recent changes and upcoming promotions as well as planned features and game modes.
        If you have any questions or suggestions, contact us at: support@vipspades.com.

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        Spades Terms

        A Vocabulary Cheat Sheet

        For beginner spades players, the jargon alone can send you into a tailspin. Not to fear! The language of spades is easy to pick up, and before you know it, the craziest phrases will become second nature. Until then, our handy guide will steer you in the right direction.

        Spades vocab cheat sheet

        • Bags

          penalties for taking in more tricks than you bid at the beginning of the round.

        • Bare

          having just one card of any given suit.

        • Bidding

          the number of tricks you predict or contact that you will take.

        • Blind Nil

          bidding zero tricks without looking at your hand.

        • Breaking Spades

          the first spade played in the game. When a player is out of the suit lead, that player may play a spade, trump the suit, and spades are officially broken. Spades can then be lead.

        • Card Counting

          keeping mental track of the cards used in each suit.

        • Flush Out

          to try to bring out a high card of a certain suit by playing a lower card of that suit.

        • Long Suit

          four or more cards of any given suit in your hand.

        • Nil

          a bid of zero tricks after looking at your hand.

        • Overbid

          any tricks you win over the initial amount you bid.

        • Renege

          using a spade, or card of another suit, when you have the ability to follow suit.

        • Round

          all four players put down a card and a trick is taken.

        • Set

          this refers to a team who isn’t making their bid or their nil, or who is bagging over the limit.

        • Short Suit

          fewer than three cards of any given suit.

        • Signal

          playing a card to subtly let your partner know what is left in your hand and how they should lead. This is especially handy when you and your partner both understand the science behind the game.

        • Slough

          playing a card to intentionally avoid taking a trick.

        • Straight

          cards of the same suit in a sequential pattern.

        • Throwing Off

          playing a card (not a spade) when you have the ability to follow suit.

        • Trick

          the four discarded cards of the round.

        • Trump

          generally refers to a spade played when a non-spade was lead, but can refer to any spade.

        • Underbid

          this refers to when you bid less than the amount of tricks you won.

        • Void

          being dealt zero cards of any given suit.

        Synonyms in spades!

        Solo spades is often called “cutthroat”

        Tricks are often called “books”

        Bidding is sometimes referred to as “betting”

        Slough is often called “dump”

        Breaking Spades is sometimes called “cutting” or “ruffing”

        Bags are sometimes called “sandbags”

        Blind Nil is often called “double nil”

        A bare is also sometimes called a “singleton”

        Variations of spades

        Over the years, many variations of spades have sprung up where players have added extra rules or unexpected trump cards to enhance the fun. Few of these variations are available in online play, but they’re crazy enough to be worthy of mention. Here are just some of them…

        • Bauer Trumps

          this is a special variation where the two highest trumps in the game are the jack of spades and the jack of clubs. They are referred to as the “right bauer” and “left bauer” respectively. The Bauer “I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful” “All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me” Donald “All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me” Trump variation is borrowed heavily from Euchre.

        • Boston

          this variation of spades allows a team to win outright if they “shoot the moon.” This means all 13 tricks are taken by one player or team. A rare spectacle!

        • Deuces High

          in this variation, the deuces of each suit are worth more than spades, making them trumps.

        • Jokers High

          in this variation, the two jokers in the deck become the main trumps of the game.

        • Mirrors (also sometimes called Whiz)

          in this variation, you bid only the exact number of spades you have been dealt. If you have no spades, you must automatically bid nil.

        • Spades for Three

          to accommodate a game of spades for just three players, you simply remove the two of clubs, and each player is dealt seventeen cards. Obviously, this variation must be played as singles.

        • Suicide

          this variation can only be played with pairs, and one player out of each pair must bid nil, no matter what cards they have.

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        Chips are the virtual currency in VIP Spades – you can spend them on games, tournaments or to purchase gifts for other players.
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