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Spades is a popular trick-taking card game, similar to Hearts, Bridge, and Euchre. It is played with a traditional, 52-card French Deck. The game is mostly played in the US, UK, and Canada. Read about the complete rules and all available modes of the game.
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How to Play Spades
Spades can be played in different variations and modes but the most distinctive part of the game is to suppose and bid an exact amount of tricks.
Pairs is the most popular game mode played by four players in two teams. It is Played with 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 can be played only when the player has only spades or until a spade has been used to trump another trick.
Bid and Points Scoring
All players receive thirteen cards each and every one of them must declare a bid – how many tricks will win.
– When a team achieves the bid as announced they score 10 times the bid.
– If they make more tricks – one additional point is scored. This point is called “bag”. When a team has 10 bags, they obtain a penalty of -100 points and the bags are reset again to 0.
– If the team achieves fewer tricks than announced they do not obtain any points.
Additional bid options
– Players can choose to see the cards or not (declare a blind bid). A successful blind bid yields 200 extra points.
– When the player declares to take 0 tricks this bid option is called “Nil bid”. In case of success, the team is awarded 100 points. When the player fails the team loses 100 points. Blind Nil is available only in Pairs mode.
Other game modes
In Solo mode, each player plays for himself. The maximum number of bags is 5, the reward for a successful bid is 50 points and the penalty for unsuccessful is -50.
The Suicide variant is for four players played in teams. The difference with the most popular mode Pairs is that one member of the team must bid Nil while the other has to bid at least 4 tricks.
In Whiz mode it is obligatory to announce bid Nil or the exact number of spades possessed. Whiz is a variant played in a team.
Each player of the team announces the tricks equal to the spades they have. It is possible to bid Nil if they don’t have any spades.
Other important tips and “how-to” for Spades:
Game Features and Options
- Different game modes available – Pairs, Solo, Mirror, Whiz and Suicide. Watch the video introduction.
- Play on every device – send gifts, chat with friends or meet new people online
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- Different tables for every skill level
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- Reconnect to a live game if there have been any problems with your connection
- Play spades against the computer in training sessions.
- Leaving a game is not tolerated and can result in getting you punished!
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Vocabulary cheat sheet, synonyms and variations of Spades
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.
Vocab cheat sheet
penalties for taking in more tricks than you bid at the beginning of the round.
having just one card of any given suit.
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.
a bid of zero tricks after looking at your hand.
any tricks you win over the initial amount you bid.
using a spade, or card of another suit, when you have the ability to follow suit.
all four players put down a card and a trick is taken.
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.
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.
playing a card to intentionally avoid taking a trick.
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.
the four discarded cards of the round.
generally refers to a spade played when a non-spade was lead, but can refer to any spade.
this refers to when you bid less than the amount of tricks you won.
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.
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.
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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