The Whist Family of Card Games

At their core, games in the Whist family are all trick-taking card games that are simple to learn but difficult to master due to their potential for scientific play. As you may have imagined, they are all more or less based on a classic English card game called Whist.

Most Popular Questions About Spades Answered

A uniquely breezy and strategic game to play online or with friends (or even on your phone!), spades gameplay can really suffer when players make some simple assumptions or misunderstand some of the strategy basics. As our teachers growing up always told us, there are no stupid questions, only stupid people, so here are some answers to some of the most common questions new players have about the game 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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