Spades card game rules

How to play the card game Spades online


How do you play the card game spades?

In Spades, each of the four players makes a bid for a number of tricks. Each team adds its partners' bids together to determine the total number of tricks that team must attempt to win in order to earn a positive score. Bidding begins to the left of the dealer and proceeds clockwise around the table.

How do you win the spades card game?

When a player runs out of a particular suit, he or she typically plays a spade. If two players run out simultaneously, both may play a spade, with the highest ranking player winning. I usually save the Ace of Spades (the most magnificent card in the deck, as it may never be beaten) until the final hand.

Spades game rules for four players

The four players are seated opposite one another in fixed partnerships. The deal and play proceed in a clockwise direction.

Rank of Cards

A standard 52-card pack is used. From highest to lowest, the cards in each suit are as follows: A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.

The Deal

The initial dealer is selected at random, and the deal rotates clockwise. The cards are shuffled and then dealt singly, clockwise from the dealer's left, until all 52 cards are dealt and everyone has 13.

The Bidding

Each partnership must submit a bid indicating the number of tricks they anticipate committing. It is critical to understand that in Spades, both sides' bids are valid (it is not like other bidding games in which only the higher bid counts). The non-side dealer's must first agree on a bid. On that side, each partner communicates the number of tricks they anticipate taking based on their cards. Unspecified banter about "halfs" and "maybes" is permitted, but not specific information about the cards held. For instance, you may state "I know I can take four tricks, but I may be able to take six"; however, you may not state "I have a couple of high hearts and a singleton in clubs." After that, the agreed-upon bid is documented. The opposing party then agrees to a bid in a similar fashion.