Spades Rules

Blinds and Antes in Poker​

Are you looking for a game of strategy and skill that is both challenging and fun? Then, look no further than the classic card game, Spades!

The object of the Game

The object of Spade is to take as many tricks as possible. To win a trick, players must play a card of the same suit as the lead card. The highest card of the suit wins the trick. If two or more players play cards of the same rank, then the first player to play the card wins the trick.

The player with the most tricks at this point is the winner. The Ace is high, and the Two is low. The suits rank in this order: Spades > Hearts > Diamonds > Clubs. Remember to play responsibly.


The Play

A draw chooses t for a high card, and the turn to deal proceeds clockwise. The entire deck is dealt one at a time, face down, beginning on the dealer's left. The players then pick up their cards and arrange them in suits. After the first card is played, everyone must follow suit if they can. The only time someone does not have to follow suit is if they don't have that suit in their hand or if they are trying to win the trick with a spade. In that case, they would play a spade. Then, the highest card of the suit wins the trick and gets to lead the next trick with any card from their hand.


Bidding in Spades

When it comes to playing spades, the first thing you need to know is how to bid. Each player has the opportunity to bid on how many tricks they think they can take. The player who bids the most is the "declarer," meaning they will attempt to take the most tricks. The declarer's opponents are called the "defenders." The bidding starts with the player to the dealer's left and proceeds clockwise around the table. Each player has one opportunity to bid or pass. A bid is a number between 1 and 13, representing how many tricks players think they can take. So, if I bid 5, it means I can take 5 tricks in that particular hand. If all four players pass on their first opportunity to bid, then the hand is thrown in, and there is no declarer. This happens often enough that there's a saying in spades: "Three passes and a new hand."

The Scoring

When it comes to playing the card game Spades, scoring is everything. The player that takes the most tricks wins the game. Each trick is worth one point, plus 1 point for each overtrick.

For example, if the player’s bid is Seven and they make seven tricks, the score would be 70. If the bid was Five and the player won eight tricks, the score would be 53 points: 50 points for the bid and 3 points for the three overtricks.

In some games, overtricks are called “bags,” and a deduction of 100 points is made every time a player accumulates 10 bags. If the player “breaks contract,” that is, if they take fewer than the number of tricks bid, the score is 0.


Ending the Game of Spades

When a hand is over, the running scores should be recorded next to the bids. If there is a tie, then all players participate in one more round of play. The first player to reach 500 points wins the game.