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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: Spades

By amwicked » March 23rd, 2017, 10:39 pm

Hi Cheryl
I also have a couple of Spades Rated Badges that I wish to do perhaps we could help each other and as you say I also wish we could play these rated badge games with computers it would make everything so much easier

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Spades • SPADES

By cherylanncarlo25 » March 23rd, 2017, 7:50 pm

Hi,

I am finding it more and more difficult to play a rated, spade game. Either no one will let you in or I have waited too long for 3 other people to join the game. Why can't we play a rated game with the computer?

Thank you,
Cheryl c.

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Spades • Spades

By amwicked » March 23rd, 2017, 11:51 am

Help required please for badge is Spades games must be rated

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Spades • Re: Spades not working

By Mod_Jada » March 19th, 2017, 10:57 pm

Steamy_Mama wrote:
I noticed recently that I can now play Spades at a zoom higher than 100%. Not sure why, but Hooray!


It may or may not work at a higher zoom.
Just make sure you reset your zoom back to 100 percent when you finish playing to make sure that you are able to play the other table games.

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Spades • Re: Spades not working

By Steamy_Mama » March 18th, 2017, 12:01 pm

I noticed recently that I can now play Spades at a zoom higher than 100%. Not sure why, but Hooray!

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Spades • Re: a problem

By jazzauntie » March 15th, 2017, 2:29 am

just don't chat when u enter a game, just quietly play & ur skill will speak for u & don't complain if someone is slower than u. Silence will win!

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Spades • a problem

By DAN254 » March 14th, 2017, 12:15 am

Here is my problem... When I first started playing spades I didn't know how to play and so I was playing rated games. daaaa... anyway my rating went in the 1200's. Then by the time I figured out how to play my rating was so low it was very hard to even get excepted into a game because no one wanted to take a chance on me. Well now in social games I constantly win 2 out of every 3 games but still it's hard to get let into a rated game. I understand it's my own fault but now I can hold my own. Any ideas on how I can get invited into rated games?

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Spades • Re: Spades Stopped working on 2/18/17 for me

By Mod_Jada » March 8th, 2017, 10:00 pm

SwaneeWinner wrote:
trying for a badge and the win on spades does not register for 3 days now.


What is the name of the badge?
I see that you won the Spades Sunrise badge on March 4th.

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Spades • Re: Spades Stopped working on 2/18/17 for me

By SwaneeWinner » March 8th, 2017, 9:58 pm

trying for a badge and the win on spades does not register for 3 days now.

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Spades • Re: Spades not working

By dothanfan » March 5th, 2017, 11:41 pm

I had a problem a couple of weeks ago with my Spades game not playing the cards. Everything would come up but it wouldn't play the cards. Here's what I did.

I don't know what changed for me or for you but this should work for you since it did for me.

1. Go to Home page. Hold down your control key & go up to the numerical 0 & press it at the same time as the control key. That will put you at 100% for sure.

2. Then while still on the Home page, press the control key & the minus key (to the left of the + key). You'll have to play with this to see what works best for you. But I press the minus key twice to take it to 80% zoom. Once will take it to 90%. Mine doesn't work on 90% but it does on 80%. Your screen will be a lot smaller doing this but it's worth it to play your card games.

3. Minimize your page & go to your main menu page for your computer & press the right button in a blank area on your screen. This will bring up a menu that you can choose your screen resolution. I can't use my highest resolution with the cards games here - something changed but Pogo doesn't say what. But I've had to lower my screen resolution. I'm currently using 1680 x 1080. That's the largest number I can use & still be able to play my games. Save it. Then go back to pogo page.

4. If you leave your zoom at the 80% or whatever works for you - you might have to go lower on %, I don't know, the spades game will work. And you might have to play with the screen resolution until you find the one that works for you. But try what I use first.

I hope this helps. I had a terrible time finding what to do but I had a mod here who hung in there with me & my hubs who helped me.

I hope this helps you or anyone else having this problem. And good luck. dothanfan

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Spades • Re: Spades Stopped working on 2/18/17 for me

By bvlady45 » March 4th, 2017, 2:59 pm

my spades are working now but on my badge hat says win 2-500 games is not crediting me I won two 500 games already and its not registering my wins

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Spades • Re: Spades will not load

By tinysue515 » March 2nd, 2017, 9:27 am

benitalott wrote:
pogo is acting crazy it will not load trying for 2 hrs

I am having trouble with almost all games , I have installed google , googlechrome,internetexplorer and I am still having trouble , with flash and java games . I have download flash player and java so many times and deleted them and reinstalled . I just don't know what else to do . Any suggestions are appreciated .

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Spades • Re: Spades will not load

By carpenter1949 » March 2nd, 2017, 12:00 am

swgahawk wrote:
same problem at texas hold 'em...
I get the blackscreen... and then nothing.

so do i

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Spades • Re: Spades will not load

By swgahawk » March 1st, 2017, 10:20 pm

same problem at texas hold 'em...
I get the blackscreen... and then nothing.

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Spades • Re: Spades will not load

By benitalott » March 1st, 2017, 4:32 pm

pogo is acting crazy it will not load trying for 2 hrs

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