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Grasping the Basics of Spades

Spades is traditionally a game for four players, played in partnership (with the partners sitting opposite each other). The players take turns playing out one card from their hands clockwise around the [more…]

Playing Spades: Bidding Your Hand

After each new hand is dealt in a game of Spades, starting with the player on the dealer's left, each player bids any number of tricks between 0 and 13. The combined total for each side is the number of [more…]

Figuring the Value of Your High Cards in Spades

Accurate bidding is key to winning a game of Spades. And in Spades, your success at bidding rests largely on knowing how to value your cards: [more…]

How to Score a Spades Game

Scoring in a game of Spades follows a predictable path — but beware the sting in the tail that comes from going set, or from underbidding, and racking up the overtricks! [more…]

Playing Spades: A Few Strategies

When playing Spades, the play of the cards goes clockwise, starting with the player to the dealer’s left. He puts a card face-up in the middle of the table, and then all other players contribute a card [more…]

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