Spades is one of the most popular games on the internet. It is a trick-taking card game. In our guide on How to Play Spades, we have covered the full game from the basics. So, if you don’t know anything about this game then just go through the guide and you’ll be able to play the game. So, let’s start our guide on How to Play Spades.
A 52 cards standard deck is used in this game.
Four players required to play the game.
The rank of the cards from highest to lowest: Ace (A), King (K), Queen (Q), Jack (J), 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.
The spade suit is the trump suit every time.
The Object of The Game
The main objective of the game is to score 500 points by winning at least the number of tricks bid by the player. A trick includes one card played by each player.
Determining Dealer and Dealing The Cards
For determining the dealer, each player draws a card from the deck. The player with the highest card becomes the dealer for the first round. After that, the dealership moves in a clockwise manner. The dealer deals 13 cards to each player starting from his/her left, one at a time, face-down, in a clockwise manner.
After receiving the cards, the player on the left of the dealer starts the bidding by making a bid. Each player bids the number of tricks that he/she expects to win at the end of 13 tricks in a clockwise manner.
The player on the left of the dealer leads the first trick by playing a card. After that, each player plays a card in a clockwise manner. The players have to follow the suit of the led card. However, if a player cannot follow the suit, he/she may play a card of another suit.
When any spade suited card is not played in a trick, the player who played the highest-ranking card of the suit led wins the trick. But when the spade suited cards are played in a trick, the player who played the highest-ranking spade suited card wins the trick. The player winning the trick leads the next trick.
Remember, a player cannot lead a trick by playing a spade suited card until the spades are broken or the player has left with only spade suited cards. During the game, when a player cannot follow the lead suit and plays a spade, it is called “Breaking the Spades”.
The game continues this way until all the players left with no cards.
When the player wins the number of tricks bid by him/her. He/She gets 10 points for each trick bid and win by him/her. If the player wins more tricks than bidden, by him/her, each extra trick won by the player is called “Overtrick”. The player gets 1 point per overtrick. Example: If a player bids 7 tricks and wins 9 tricks, he/she gets 70 points (10 points for each trick bid and win) + 2 points (1 point for each overtrick) = 72 points.
If a player cannot win the number of tricks bid by him/her, he/she gets 0 points. Example: if a player bids 5 tricks and wins 3 tricks, he/she does not get any points.
The player reaching 500 points first wins the game.
Now you know how to play spades. Play with your friends and family and enjoy.