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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

Here's the latest from Pogo members chatting in our Spades Forum where folks gather to make new friends, debate game tips, and share a joke or two. Register to join (it's free)!

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Spades • Re: How can I tell how many points a group is playing for?

By Mod_Aby » October 14th, 2017, 11:07 am

You need to scroll down below the main screen and choose a chat room. When 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 you will see where the players names , ratings and table number are listed a black circle with a white star inside indicating a rated game . In each room there is a small box in the upper right hand corner that has the letter (i) in it for information. If you click there you will get a pop-up that will show at how many points that table is set.

You can also set your own table by sitting at an empty table , choose your options and make it a rated game and wait for people to join you.

You are more likely to find a rated game in a room with a lot of players. Also you can watch the chat area, people will ask for players to fill a table.

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Spades • How can I tell how many points a group is playing for?

By celticswanangel » October 14th, 2017, 4:14 am

:) I need to win two 250 rated games. I know I need to play with people, but every time I join a group, I find out it's a 500 point game. How can I win this? Is there a way to find out how many points a group is playing for before joining the game?

Thanks.

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Spades • Re: The robots cheat in spades

By Rangersrnmbr1 » October 11th, 2017, 7:19 am

GAGramster wrote:
The robots do cheat. They renig all the time. Have had it happen to me more than once, but they always lead out with the suit they just trumped. Also they are programed to take the trick no matter what. If you let your partner take the trick with a lower card, they will not lead back to you. Also if both of you are trumping a suit they will trump even if they have to use a high spade instead of letting you trump. But the people are so rude and disgusting to play with I would rather play with bots. One good thing about bots, you can almost always win the hand when you go nil cause they will take the trick no matter what, most of the time. lol


The robots are not programmed to take the tricks and trump all the time. Unless you are bidding nil if you are about to win a trick or playing the highest card in a suit still available, the computer that is your partner will not play a trump unless the computer to your left has trumped you. There are more tricks to doing better against the computer. If you have a lot of spades or the 4 highest spades spades at least, It might be a good idea to lead spades.

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Spades • Re: The robots cheat in spades

By GAGramster » October 11th, 2017, 5:57 am

The robots do cheat. They renig all the time. Have had it happen to me more than once, but they always lead out with the suit they just trumped. Also they are programed to take the trick no matter what. If you let your partner take the trick with a lower card, they will not lead back to you. Also if both of you are trumping a suit they will trump even if they have to use a high spade instead of letting you trump. But the people are so rude and disgusting to play with I would rather play with bots. One good thing about bots, you can almost always win the hand when you go nil cause they will take the trick no matter what, most of the time. lol

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Spades • Freeze Issue

By nznuts » October 10th, 2017, 9:07 pm

In both IE and Chrome, I play a new game against bots. Consistently today around the 5th or 6th hand games freezes. Says lost connection with server.

Have had no problems previously. Only thing different is I activated Camp Guard badge from Happy Campers Album.

Anyone else?

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Spades • Re: Game Preferences Page Pops Up and goes away

By CAGal1950 » October 8th, 2017, 1:01 pm

Sorry, I don't know what you do or do not know. I am not a Pogo employee. Just a Pogo member.
I have never experienced the problem you discribed. I was simply passing on information I've seen posted here in the forums that seemed to work for others.
My suggestion is to contact Customer Service.

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Spades • Re: Game Preferences Page Pops Up and goes away

By NokmusWolf » October 8th, 2017, 1:47 am

I already know it will go away once it's set. It won't let me set it. It loads then disappears. I've been on pogo for about 17 years. It isn't in the ask bar. It disappears.

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Spades • Re: Game Preferences Page Pops Up and goes away

By CAGal1950 » October 7th, 2017, 9:21 pm

Once you have sat, the Options page will disappear. But, the Table Select/Lobby will remain. It may be hidden behind your game screen.
Look down at our task bar and hover your mouse over you browsers icon. You will see it.
I use the Restore Down feature and have desktop showing on both sides of the game. That way I never miss the Table Select/Lobby pop up. Of course, I do have a 27" Monitor.

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Spades • Re: spade=bots !!!

By mydeenie9 » October 7th, 2017, 8:31 pm

I am quite old have been playing spades since i was a young kid yet if I play with humans on pogo they act like im POGO so I will My deenie9 take bots over real players any day

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Spades • Game Preferences Page Pops Up and goes away

By NokmusWolf » October 7th, 2017, 7:40 pm

I know it isn't the right name for it, but the yellow page that pops up for the game preferences once you're in a room. I click to choose a seat, it pops up, then it disappears. My computer is fully up to date, and this is the only site having that problem. Yes, pop up blocker is off. If it wasn't the room page wouldn't come up.

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Spades • Re: spade=bots !!!

By IFortuna2 » October 7th, 2017, 6:23 pm

About every fifth hand is bad on the bot and some of the solitaire games. You have to either restart the game until you are comfortable with the deal or play the delivered hand. You can still win with crumby hands if your bot partner has a decent one. It is more challenging and sometimes very frustrating, but I think better than playing humans.

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Spades • Re: spade=bots !!!

By NhRodney » October 7th, 2017, 5:23 pm

Sigurln wrote:
No you are not this is what I am talking about! I have been getting the worst hands since I said sometime on the forum.


Are you suggesting that posting on the forum, would affect game play for you specifically? :roll:
No, that's not how it would work.

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Spades • Re: spade=bots !!!

By grayRedhead29363 » October 7th, 2017, 5:02 pm

Agree

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Spades • Re: spade=bots !!!

By zippergofast » October 5th, 2017, 5:34 pm

Playing spades with "humans" was a disaster here at pogo. I found the players impatient at best rude at the worst...thanks for the bots.

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Spades • Re: spade=bots !!!

By Sigurln » October 5th, 2017, 7:56 am

No you are not this is what I am talking about! I have been getting the worst hands since I said sometime on the forum.

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