Spades is a game of Tricks (or rounds). In each trick, every player
one card. The player playing the highest card in the suit that lead,
highest Spade if a Spade was played, wins the trick. Spades are
trumps, meaning that they will beat any card in a different suit.
When it is your turn, you must play a card in the same suit that
lead if you
have one. If you do not have a card in the same suit, you may
other card in your hand. Once someone plays a Spade in this
are considered broken.
Spades may not be lead until they have been broken,
have nothing else in your hand.
Before play begins for each hand, the players must bid
many tricks they think they will win. Players also have the option
Nil meaning they will win no tricks. If a team is losing by at least
then a player has the option to bid Blind Nil before they look at
Spades is a team game. Your partner sits across from
together you make (or don't make) your bid.
At the end of the hand, the team scores are determined. If a team
has won at
least the number of tricks they said they would, they get their bid
* 10, plus
1 for every extra trick they took. If a team does not make their
bid, they lost
the amount of their bid * 10. If an individual bid nil, and they did
any tricks, their team receives 100 points, and if they did take a
lose 100 points. Blind nil scores in the same manner as nil, but is
Finally, each trick taken over the amount bid by a team
is called a
bag. When a team accumulates 10 bags, they lose 100 points.
South bid 3
North bid 2
East bid Nil
West bid 5
At the end of the hand, the results were:
South took 4 tricks
North took 1 trick
East took 0 tricks
West took 8 tricks
South/North bid a total of 5, and took 5 tricks, so they
East/West bid a total of 5, and they took 8, so they receive 53
and 3 bags. Additionally, East bid nil, and did not take any tricks
so they get
another 100 points for a total of 153.
Play continues until one team wins with 500 points, or loses
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