What is Spades?
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What are the basic Rules of Spades?
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Spades is a card game, and is played with a deck of 52 cards. The cards
rank Big Joker (high) and Little Joker (low), A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7,
6, 5, 4, 3, 2. SPADES ARE TRUMP. The 2 of diamonds and the 2 of clubs
must be removed from the deck. It is most often played as a partnership
game by four players, but there are also versions for three, two or six
players. In Spades of four players the four players are in fixed
partnerships and one partner sits opposite to the other.
The object of the game is to take at least as many tricks as bid by the
side. Each trick bid counts 10 points for a side if the contract is
made, against if the contract is set.
The game consists of 13 tricks, in which each player plays one card.
Starting with the dealer, and moving clockwise, each player in turn bids
the number of tricks s/he expects to win. The bid, added to his/her
partner's, constitutes the contract bid by that partnership. It is not
necessary for the total contract bid by the two sides to equal 13
tricks; the total can be more or less. Remember four (4) is the minimum
bid by the partnership. If you fail to make your bid in time, you can
loose your game.
Once the bidding is complete, a card is led by all the players as per
their turn. You must play a card of the suit that was led, if you have
it. If not, you can play any card in your hand.
The player to the left of the dealer leads first and may play any suit.
A player must follow suit, if able. A trick is won by the highest trump
played or by the highest card in the suit led. Teams may not play ten
(10) tricks for two hundred points.
Once the game is over, your score is converted to a tournament standings
Base Score: Your game score times 10, but never less than 0 or more than
2,500. Overpoints Bonus: one point for the difference between your
team's score and the opponent's team score. If the opponents ended the
game with the higher score, the Overpoints Bonus is 0.
Victory Bonus: If your team had the highest score at the end of the
game, you get a bonus of 100.
Time Bonus: one point for each full second left on the clock If you run
out of time before completing the game then your Time Bonus is 0.