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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: 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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Spades • Re: Spades

By Ku215 » April 25th, 2016, 2:34 am

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

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Spades • Re: Spades

By CAGal1950 » April 23rd, 2016, 9:05 pm

Just so you know, you are not communicating with Pogo Staff when you post here. This is a members helping members forum.
I do know that Flash and Java have both updated this past week. If you have Windows 8.1 or 10, you would need to restart your computer to set updates.
Make sure your Zoom in your browser is set at 100%.

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Spades • Spades

By MsMaui4 » April 23rd, 2016, 8:54 pm

Am having the same problem with spades that I'm having with Jungle Gin. Won't let me move the cards. We had this problem last year with the same games. You corrected it on your end. It needs to be corrected again. Why is it always just these two games?

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Spades • Re: host

By skeetspark » April 18th, 2016, 11:27 pm

You need do nothing if you are sitting at a table that is not a private game table. Others will join you. Each Spades table has a host. The host is either the first person to arrive at an empty table or the person who has been playing at the table for the longest if its original host has left. When a player leaves their seat will be filled by a robot who will fill the spot until another person joins.

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Spades • host

By Dute47 » April 18th, 2016, 10:47 pm

when everyone leaves a game and i become a host, i don't know what to do. how does the host start a new game????????????????????

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

By Mod_Jada » April 13th, 2016, 7:33 am

cchmn10 wrote:
I can't click to play neither. It has Nothing to do with zoom. Something is causing the game to freeze. May Adobe???


If your browser's zoom is higher or lower than 100 percent, the game might not recognize mouse clicks, so check your zoom again to be sure it is set at exactly 100 percent.

Instead of clicking on the card, try pointing your cursor on the card and dragging it onto the playing field.

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

By cchmn10 » April 13th, 2016, 4:22 am

I also discovered that if you click Refresh You will lose That game but it automatically restarted and went straight to '' Start Game"

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

By cchmn10 » April 13th, 2016, 4:00 am

I can't click to play neither. It has Nothing to do with zoom. Something is causing the game to freeze. May Adobe???

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Spades • Re: Zoom 100%

By Mod_Jada » April 12th, 2016, 4:42 pm

Also see the article below :

Help With Game Size Issues

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Spades • Re: Zoom 100%

By BishopsAlley » April 12th, 2016, 2:32 pm

Pogo games need to be at 1024 X 768 or higher. You're monitor may not work with those settings. There are other settings you could try that will enlarge you game and still be in proportion. Only you can determine what will work.

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Spades • Re: Zoom 100%

By Dot65407 » April 12th, 2016, 2:28 pm

Setting my screen resolution at 1024 X 768 completely distorted my whole screen even when I'm not on Pogo.

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Spades • Re: Zoom 100%

By Mod_Jada » April 12th, 2016, 12:15 am

Pogo games are meant to be played with your zoom at 100 percent.

The games look fine to me with 100 percent zoom.

Your screen resolution should be at least 1024 X 768 . See below:

Screen Resolution

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Spades • Zoom 100%

By Dot65407 » April 11th, 2016, 11:48 pm

I hate when we have to use zoom at 100 because it makes the screen much smaller.

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

By CAGal1950 » April 10th, 2016, 1:07 pm

Mazie6078 wrote:
did anyone get this fixed.... having trouble myself... tried the control 0

There is nothing to fix. Your Zoom needs to be at 100%. Sometimes the Ctrl 0 doesn't work, so, open your browsers settings and make sure that your zoom is at 100%.

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