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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: Set up

By Lilbrneyedgrl64 » February 25th, 2018, 4:06 am

kittykatkess wrote:Still don't understand why Pogo sets us up to lose by not allowing us to bid what we want to bid based on what we see in our hands. this has happened over and over again - for no good reason other than to act as a set up. I'm tired of it. Current game - lowest bid available is two. I'd like to bid nil. Guess who's not going to get their bid??? So obvious.
If you want the nil option then you have to go into a room and make a table with the options you want. Check the nil box. Then you will have the nil box. Just clicking play with bots or players just puts you in a table with players or bots with set options. If you do not want to set your own options then your not going to have the nil option. That is what they were trying to tell you. Many people like to play these games differently. That is why pogo gives different options of playing the game.

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Spades • Re: Daily Challenge

By Granny74012 » February 25th, 2018, 2:45 am

I've tried explorer, firefox, edge and chrome....play about two hands and it shuts down. Couldn't even get my daily badge today. :(

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Spades • Re: Daily Challenge

By JudgeJudy_ » February 25th, 2018, 12:10 am

To help anyone else. Between myself and a couple of friends. It looks like Spades is not working correctly if you are using Firefox (from Mozilla). In my windows 8 ti wouldn't give tokens, but in a friends using Windows 10 it wouldn't load at all. So we had to play in IE11 and in Opera. Yes you receive tokens even if you don't win the game. We both received the daily challenge even though we were on opposing teams.

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Spades • Re: Set up

By SusyQ151 » February 24th, 2018, 11:22 pm

kittykatkess wrote:Still don't understand why Pogo sets us up to lose by not allowing us to bid what we want to bid based on what we see in our hands. this has happened over and over again - for no good reason other than to act as a set up. I'm tired of it. Current game - lowest bid available is two. I'd like to bid nil. Guess who's not going to get their bid??? So obvious.

If you click Play Robots you get a game with pre-set options.

To play the way you want, you MUST set your own options. To do that you must enter a chat room and sit at an empty table. Once the options box pops up, click on the Advanced Options at the very bottom. Then set the Minimum Team Bid to 0. Once you have set the options the way you want, click OK and then proceed with your game.

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Spades • Re: Set up

By kittykatkess » February 24th, 2018, 11:01 pm

CAgal - Let me try to be a bit clearer. My issue is that pogo doesn't allow players to choose the bidding they think they can best accomplish. If I think I have a nil hand, why would Pogo then limit my bidding from two or higher? Of course it's a set up It only happens when my team is winning - never randomly. If I'm forced to bid two on a nil hand, guess what's going to happen - I'm going to lose the round - that's what's going to happen. Do you understand? BTW, I don't need to go through all the trouble you outlined re playing against Robots - you have that choice before starting a game by pressing 'Play Robots.'

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Spades • Re: Daily Challenge

By carbroadbent » February 24th, 2018, 10:51 pm

did you play until your team beat the other team at 500 points?

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Spades • Re: Daily Challenge

By PMS22275 » February 24th, 2018, 10:41 pm

same thing here tried and won 6 times and still no credit- good old spike and pogo on strike same thing with jungle gin underkocking badge ugh

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Spades • Re: Daily Challenge

By TVerdoorn » February 24th, 2018, 7:33 pm

Not getting and coins/tokens at the end of a game????

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Spades • Re: Daily Challenge

By TVerdoorn » February 24th, 2018, 6:00 pm

Not getting any tokens. When does a game end? Been playing both robots and people. No tokens

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Spades • Re: Set up

By CAGal1950 » February 24th, 2018, 5:33 pm

Then Change the Table Options. Real easy to do. Select a Room, Select an empty table and make the game the way you want it. If you want to just play the bots, then make the table private and give it a password.

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Spades • Set up

By kittykatkess » February 24th, 2018, 5:17 pm

Still don't understand why Pogo sets us up to lose by not allowing us to bid what we want to bid based on what we see in our hands. this has happened over and over again - for no good reason other than to act as a set up. I'm tired of it. Current game - lowest bid available is two. I'd like to bid nil. Guess who's not going to get their bid??? So obvious.

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Spades • Re: Spades Stops In Middle of Game

By MPOSTON1937 » February 24th, 2018, 3:14 pm

Same here, one hand to go and won't move.

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Spades • Re: Daily Challenge

By madeforlovingguy » February 24th, 2018, 1:24 pm

You get tokens when the game ends. So for the daily it just means the tokens you get for the game not the spin. I believe tokens are awarded regardless of if you win.

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Spades • Daily Challenge

By zippylynnkitty_ » February 24th, 2018, 11:41 am

how do you get coins in spades without a jackpot spin

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Spades • Re: Spades Stops In Middle of Game

By cherokeeherbs » February 23rd, 2018, 6:08 am

Same thing here also!!!!

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