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VIP Spades Rules

Dealing

The classic Spades in pairs mode is played with a deck consisting of 52 cards. The cards are dealt clockwise starting from the dealer’s successor (to his left). Each player receives 13 cards.

Bidding

  1. The bidding is also clockwise and starts from the player on the left of the dealer. There are two options of bidding – see cards or blind bid. If the player chooses the first option, he must bid a number of tricks from 0 to 13, which he expects to win. There is no need for each bid to be higher or lower than the last one. The combined bidding of the two partners is summed up together to form the team bid. This is the number of tricks the team must win in order to achieve a positive score.
  2. A NIL (0) bid means that the player declares that he will not win any tricks in this round. If he succeeds, he wins 100 points, but if he doesn’t manage to do so, the player receives a penalty of 100 points.
  3. When the bidding starts, each player can choose not to look at his cards and thus make a BLIND NIL bid. This bid can give 200 points, but also cost 200 if the player wins even one trick.

Gameplay

  1. The cards in each suit are ranked as follows: A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.
  2. The player on the dealer’s left begins the trick. He can play whichever card he chooses, excluding those of the spades suit. The trick continues in a clockwise fashion and the other players must follow the suit, if possible. If not, they may play a random card.
  3. If no spade is played during a trick, it is won by the highest value card of the initially played suit. If cards of the spades suit are played, the trick is won by the highest value spade. The winner in the last trick begins the next one.
  4. A spade card cannot be played until:
    • a spade has been played to trump another trick;
    • the leader has no other cards besides spades;

Scoring

  1. If a player wins the exact amount of tricks he has bid, he wins points for his team equal to 10 times his bid.
  2. If a player/team takes more tricks than they bid, they get additional 1 point for each overtrick (bag). When the team reaches 10 bags, they receive -100 penalty and their bags are reset to 0.
  3. If a team wins less tricks than they have originally bid, they lose points equal to 10 times their bid.
  4. If a NIL bet is successful the player gets 100 points, but if it fails he loses 100 points.
  5. A successful BLIND NIL scores 200 points, but an unsuccessful one is penalized by 200.
  6. The team, which reaches 200 points first wins. A team that has -150 points loses.

 

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.

  • 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.

  • How to play mirror spades

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

You can read more about the different spades variations on our blog.

Spades Tournament Rules

There are two types of tournament play.

  • “Classic Tournament” consisting of 16 players in 3 tournament rounds;
  • “Quick Tournament” for 8 players only in 2 tournament rounds;

Both VIP Spades Tournaments have a win/loose score of -250/300 and the Round Limit is 7 rounds. The game round will end when one of the following conditions is met:

  • A team will win when they reach 300 points within 7 rounds;
  • A team will lose when they go down to -250 points within 7 rounds;

When the 7th round ends, the team with the higher score will be declared as a winner;
Both types are played with the existing pairs rule set.

To open the tournament lobby, click “Tournaments” from the home screen.
Click to choose the type of tournament you want to play. When all players are present, everyone will be paired and the first round will begin.

After the end of each round, the winning pair will proceed to the next stage. Before every round, the winning players will be mixed again and new teams will be formed.
The winning pair in the final round will win the Grand Prize, while the runner-ups take a consolation Second Place Prize.

If you intentionally leave a Tournament you will not be able to rejoin. There will be no exceptions.

Official Terms and Conditions for Promo Tournaments and League Play

1. PARTICIPATION IN ALL PROMO TOURNAMENTS DOES NOT REQUIRE A PURCHASE

This excludes VIP Only tournaments, where a VIP Status is required. VIP Status can be obtained in various ways, including a PURCHASE.

2. Tournament Organiser & Agreements

Promo Tournaments in VIP Spades are organized by the developer of the game – Casualino JSC (Organiser). Every tournament is governed by the official rules outlined here if no explicit over-rulings are present. Tournaments and leagues are completely optional content. By taking part in any tournament, the participant accepts the terms and conditions outlined by the “Official Tournament Terms and Conditions”. This document is and additive to the General Rules for playing at VIP Spades.
By accepting these rules, the player agrees to accept and respect the announced tournament results by the Organiser as final.
None of the Tournaments are Sponsored or endorsed by Facebook or any related entities.
Tournament winners will be announced and rewarded in a 48 hour time frame after the Tournament has concluded. The organizer uses this time to check every winning player for fraudulent play or set games. The tournament organizer reserves the right to check every player’s eligibility and take action if the player does not cover all the requirements.
Specific rules, terms, and conditions will be present in every Tournament room – on top of the room itself and in a “More Info” popup window. The “More Info” window will contain the Tournament banner, text, start and end date, Entry Fee(if present) and Prize.

3. General Eligibility for Tournament Play

– Every participant must be over 18 years old;
– Every participant can have a maximum of 1 account;
– Every participant can win a maximum of 1 prize tier;
– Automation of any kind is forbidden and will result in disqualification/account ban;
– Selling victories is forbidden and will result in disqualification/account ban;
– Cheating of any sort is forbidden and will result in disqualification/account ban;
– Every player is responsible for the safety and security of his account. Account sharing is forbidden and can result in disqualification/account ban.
Participants will be regularly checked at random by the Organiser to ensure the quality of play and to enforce the rules above. The actions taken by the Organiser are final and non-negotiable. In case of account closure/ban, the person will not be notified prior.

4. Active and Visible times for Tournaments

Every tournament has a visible time – a period when the tournament is visible in the tournament lobby with a countdown to its activation time.

Every tournament has an active time, displayed in the tournament room itself.

Winners will be announced in a 48-hour window after the tournament has concluded.

5. Prizes

Prizes for every tournament will be announced prior to its activation. Prizes can include either Chip Packs/Custom Chip amounts or VIP Packs/Custom VIP Duration.
Sponsored Tournaments can have different prizes, provided by the Tournament Sponsor.
Sponsored Tournaments will have over-riding terms and conditions, listed in the “More Info” Section or a separate page.

No Cash or real prizes can be won in the Chip/VIP Promo Tournaments.
Prizes can not be transferred, replaced or paid in their monetary values. All prizes are final and are paid out as-is.

6. Additional Rules and Limitations

Prizes are non-transferable. A won prize can not be exchanged for its monetary equivalent. The tournament organizer/sponsor does not carry responsibility for wrong account names or any wrong information, provided by the player.
Every attempt to sabotage or cheat on any tournament is considered bannable offense and will result in a permanent ban. The organizer/sponsor reserves the right to sue for monetary losses, caused by dishonest player actions.
The organizer/sponsor reserves the right to stop an ongoing tournament and nullify the prizes. Possible reasons to end a tournament include (but not limited to): bugs, virus, unauthorized third-party intervention, technical problems or other situations, outside the organizer’s reach.

7. Publicity

By participating in the tournaments, every player consents to be included in promotional materials. The organizer reserves the right to use/showcase/promote VIP Spades and specific promo tournaments and includes player’s likes, comments, avatars, nicknames, reviews etc. No monetary or chip compensation is due for this usage. All rights are owned and reserved to Casualino JSC.
Questions and comments can be sent to support@vipspades.com.

8. Mechanism of giving out the prizes

– Prizes are given out by Customer Support Representatives/ Official Admins only;
– Prizes are awarded only once;
– Every player can receive only one prize;
– Prizes are non-transferable;
– Prizes cannot be converted to other prizes or monetary values;

9. Personal Data

The standard Privacy Policy applies to every tournament.

10. Responsibilities

– Organizer/ Sponsor reserves the rights to change the period, entry, prizes or tournament conditions at any time without notice.
– The Organiser/ Sponsor does not take responsibility for player-related issues. This includes, and is not limited to: connection problems due to internet issues, device incompatibility or hardware lag etc.
– The Organiser/ Sponsor does not take responsibility for wrong data provided by the player. In such cases – prizes will be discarded or awarded to the “next in line”.
– Facebook does not take any responsibility on any of the tournaments, prizes, ladders, rules or the game in general. If there is an issue with Facebook users, please contact support@vipspades.com

How do you play spades?

You need a standard deck of 52 cards and 4 players to play Spades. The universal rules divide the players into two teams. Each player is dealt 13 cards. Then all four players bid the number of tricks they think they can make. If the team wins at least the number of tricks it initially bid, they score points. The first team to reach a certain amount of points is the winner.

How do you win Spades?

In order to win in Spades, you must have a solid strategy, a good understanding of the game, a trustworthy partner, and a bit of luck. Never underbid. Keep making bags to a minimum. Calculate your tricks according to your opponent’s bidding. Train to always be able to tell how many Kings, Queens, and Aces are still left in the game. Winning in Spades requires not only knowledge but a lot of practice.

Do you have to follow suit in spades?

In Spades, if you can follow suit, you are obliged to. If you don’t have a card from the same suit, you are free to play any other suit you want. You are not obliged to play the trump unless it is the led suit.

What is considered a trick in spades?

In trick-tacking card games, there is a finite number of rounds, where each player plays a card. Those rounds are called tricks, or sometimes “books”. Playing the highest value card in a round wins it and you usually take 1 trick for it. In Spades, you must win at least the number of tricks you initially bid.

How do you play spades with 3 people?

Playing Spades with 3 people can be just as fun and challenging. In this variation, each player plays for himself in the overall scoring, but swaps partners in each round. There is one ‘dummy’ player. The highest bidder each round is partnered with the dummy, while the other two play as a team. Normal rules apply here as well. For a more comprehensive understanding of the rules of 3 people Spades, check out this article.

What is a bag in the game of spades?

Any trick you win in excess of your total team bid is counted as a bag. Each bag brings 1 additional point to your score. But if you accumulate 10 bags, you lose 100 points and your bag count resets.

What is the 10 bags penalty in spades?

A 10 bags penalty occurs when the team accumulates 10 bags. 100 points are deducted from their score, and their bag count resets. In Solo Spades, the bag penalty is set to 5 bags.

What is mirror bidding in spades?

Mirror bidding occurs when you play Mirror Spades – a specific mode of the game. In it, your bid is equal to a number of spades you have. You can bid Nil only if you don’t have any Spades. For more information about mirror bidding, check out this article on different Spades game modes.

What is Whiz spades?

Whiz Spades is a game mode of the Spades card game. The scoring and rules are the same, and the only difference is in the bidding phase. Players have only two options to bid – either bid nil or bid the number of spades in their hand. For more information about Whiz Spades, check out our article on the type of Spades games.

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