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Spades

Can you succeed against the superstars in online Spades? Pair up with a partner in this four-player online card game of wits. Be the first team to score 500 points by estimating how many tricks you and your partner can take in each round to win.


Practice Before You Play
Play against the computer to improve your Spades skills.

Choose Your Opponent
Test your card game skills against the highest caliber of online Spades players.

Take a Trick
In this card game, each partnership tries to take at least the number of tricks they bid on before Spades play is began.

Bags and Bagging Out
A common feature in Spades is designed to penalize players for underestimating the number of tricks they will take, while at the same time not removing the possible strategy of intentionally taking overtricks, or "bags".

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Spades is a card game for 4 players. Players sitting across from each other are partners on the same team. The object of this online card game version of Spades is to be the first team to score 500 points.

At the start of the round, each player is dealt 13 cards. Select 1 card from your hand, and then click on the "Pass" button to pass the card to your partner. You will receive 1 card that your partner has passed to you.

Estimate how many tricks you can take during this round. A trick is a group of 4 cards, 1 card from each player. Your bid and your partner's bid are added together, and this is the number of tricks that your team must take.

Now the play begins. The player to the left of the dealer plays a card.

Card game play continues clockwise. When it is your turn, the blue "Play" prompt will appear above your cards. Double-click on a white card to play it. You must play a card of the same suit as the first card if you can. If you don't have any cards in the suit that was led, you can play any card.

Spades are always trump, meaning that they outrank all other suits. When each player has played a card, the person who played the highest Spade wins these cards for his or her team. This is called winning a trick. If no trump was played, the person who played the highest card in the suit that was led wins the trick. Aces are the highest card.

The player who won the trick now leads a card. Play continues in this manner until all 4 players have played all of their cards.

Complete Game Guide

If you'd like to learn more about how to play this game, please read the Complete Game Guide.

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Here are some additional pointers designed to help you become a more advanced Spades player.

In this online card game, you cannot lead a Spade until Spades have been BROKEN. Spades are broken when someone plays a Spade because they did not have any cards in the suit that was led. Note: If Spades have not been broken, you may lead Spades if you have no other suits in your hand.

You cannot lead a Spade until someone has played a Spade on another trick. The only exception to this rule is if you have no other cards in your hand.

On the first trick, if you cannot follow suit, you can trump the trick with a Spade.

Other potential players in the game room can join your game in progress. This is most useful if a player drops out and you don't want to play with computer players.

Allows host to filter players who join the game to the skill ratings checked below. At least one of the five ratings (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert, or Master) must remain checked. This is a great way to play games with people of similar skill level. When this option is unchecked, the game is open to players of all skill ratings.

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Spades Forum: Latest Posts

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Spades • Re: attaining my personal challenge badge

By jedipadawan1224 » May 20th, 2016, 3:49 pm

I'd suggest finding a busy members-only room and advertising in the lobby that you need help with a rated badge. While not everyone likes playing rated games (especially playing to lose the rated game), there's usually a few peeps out there willing to lend a hand. But I would definitely be upfront about needing help with a badge.

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Spades • attaining my personal challenge badge

By phoenix2012160 » May 20th, 2016, 2:40 pm

I am trying to earn a personal challenge badge where I have to win 2 250 point rated games. How can I accomplish this when I either can't find a rated room of a 250 point game nor can I get anyone to join me at a table.

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Spades • Re: Help with badge

By LILCHIN27 » May 19th, 2016, 2:44 pm

I want to say thanks to those who have contacted me. The two that have, also have private profiles so I could not contact you both. The game I need to play is rated, so therefore I have to play with the living Hee! Hee! It also has to be set at 250 points. I need to win two games. I do know how to play, but just not a great player. I will pick a room about 11:30 this morning.
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Spades • Help with badge

By LILCHIN27 » May 18th, 2016, 7:36 pm

I need some volunteers for a 2004 badge in spades, win two 250 point games. I have 3 badges to get to have all albums done. I know I need two players. Perhaps tomorrow. Just let me know. I hope I have posted this in the right place. Thanks LILCHIN27

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Spades • Re: Spades Rated Games

By petunia429 » May 18th, 2016, 3:00 pm

If you are in the lobby of a spades room, look at the info on the line by the table number of the available tables. If it is a rated game there will be a black circle with a white star inside. You can also set your own table and make it a rated game. You are more likely to find a rated game in a room with a lot of players. And watch the chat area, people will ask for players to fill a table. Hope this helps.

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Spades • Spades Rated Games

By winningLisJ » May 18th, 2016, 2:50 pm

How do I find rated games in Spades? Cannot seem to figure this out.

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Spades • Re: Spades won't let me click a card to play

By grandma4435 » May 16th, 2016, 10:16 pm

I cant click on cards to play spades either what us the answer :?:

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Spades • Re: Spades won't let me click a card to play

By Mod_Jada » May 13th, 2016, 10:15 pm

WGLASGAL wrote:
Why won't Spades let me play a card? I thought Pogo no longer used Java.


Please read the post above yours.

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Spades • Re: Spades won't let me click a card to play

By WGLASGAL » May 13th, 2016, 10:13 pm

Why won't Spades let me play a card? I thought Pogo no longer used Java.

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Spades • Re: ranks

By Mod_Jada » May 9th, 2016, 8:51 am

Look at the Game Summary screen after you finish your next game.

Under the Play Again button is your rank.

In the rectangle under your rank you will see how many spades you have and how many are needed to reach the next rank
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Spades • ranks

By Shelley3383 » May 9th, 2016, 8:25 am

how can I find out how many more spades I need to next rank

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Spades • Re: HOW DO I GET A 250 PT GAME

By lovelyEric22 » May 8th, 2016, 3:57 am

isn't there a jackpot spin when you win?

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Spades • Re: Can't chat in Spades

By Mod_Jada » May 3rd, 2016, 12:01 am

Make sure your browser's zoom is set at 100 percent.

While you are on your home page, hold down the CTRL key and press the Zero key (above the P on your keyboard) at the same time. That will reset your zoom.

Do that before you go to the game.

When you are in the game, look above the Who's Here List. Under the words "Main Chat" are four little icons.
Click on the third icon from the left and make sure "Show Chat" is check marked.

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Spades • Can't chat in Spades

By onlee4fun » May 2nd, 2016, 11:48 pm

I can chat in the lobby, but when I'm in a Spades game I cannot chat with the players at my table. I can use emoticons, but if I use the keyboard, nothing shows up.

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Spades • Re: Spades

By Mod_Jada » April 25th, 2016, 4:11 am

Ku215 wrote:
Am having the same problem with spades . Won't let me move the cards. We had this problem last year with the same games.


Make sure your browser's zoom is set at 100 percent.

While you are on your home page, hold down the CTRL key and press the Zero key (above the P on your keyboard) at the same time. That will reset your zoom.

Do that before you go to the game.

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