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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 badge

By Mod_Skratty » April 22nd, 2018, 7:58 pm

And the game was set in the table options for 500 points? If that's the case, the only ones who may be able to help are customer service via the Help link. Sometimes it helps to play another hand to trigger a badge pop-up, but I don't know if that will help you here.

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Spades • Re: spades badge

By DizzyLizziegirl » April 22nd, 2018, 7:50 pm

Yes, both times there were 4 live humans playing the game. We checked to make sure we met all the requirements to earn the badge....and we had.

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Spades • Re: spades badge

By Mod_Skratty » April 22nd, 2018, 6:27 pm

DizzyLizziegirl wrote:PLEASE HELP! twice my sister and I won the badge Butterfly Landing but it wasn't awarded. This is so frustrating. We checked and doubled checked the settings and they were correct. What can we do about this?


Were you both playing with two other human players? Rated challenges must be played against real people, not the tinheads.

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Spades • Re: spades badge

By DizzyLizziegirl » April 22nd, 2018, 6:23 pm

PLEASE HELP! twice my sister and I won the badge Butterfly Landing but it wasn't awarded. This is so frustrating. We checked and doubled checked the settings and they were correct. What can we do about this?

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Spades • Re: spades badge

By Mod_Jada » April 19th, 2018, 7:32 am

Gucci121 wrote:Mod Jada xxx

Thank you so much for giving your time to help

I've got the badge thanks to you xxx

You're welcome :)

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Spades • Re: spades badge

By Gucci121 » April 18th, 2018, 5:26 pm

Mod Jada xxx

Thank you so much for giving your time to help

I've got the badge thanks to you xxx

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Spades • Re: spades badge

By Mod_Jada » April 17th, 2018, 9:10 pm

Gucci121 wrote:can someone help please x
Do you have a different Mix and Match badge for Spades?

Even if it's one that you've already won, activate that challenge.
You will get a pop up asking you if you want to deactivate the other challenge.
Click Yes.
Now go to the challenge you want to reactivate, and follow the same procedure.

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Spades • Re: spades badge

By Gucci121 » April 17th, 2018, 7:29 pm

can someone help please x

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Spades • Re: spades badge

By Gucci121 » April 17th, 2018, 5:05 pm

Hi, I activated the spades badge Parachutin' Pooch and couldn't finish it last night
Now it won't let me reactivate , It says already activated ????

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Spades • Re: Question re Blind Nil or Nil

By wazntme007 » April 12th, 2018, 3:10 am

Zenvenom1 - Definitely pass the 2 of spades if there's nothing close enough to make a difference (4 or a 5 for example) because more than likely they already have a spade or two in their hand already and hopefully they'll be able to snuff it off under someone else's higher spade when played. There's no way for you to know what your partner holds - just hope they're not sitting there with a fist full of other spades!

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Spades • Re: Question re Blind Nil or Nil

By ZENVENOM1 » April 11th, 2018, 4:49 pm

when playing blind nil-your partner will be the nil so when trading cards what is the best strategy? I know you want to give them the lowest cards but is giving then a 2 of spades if all your other cards of other suits including spades are high?

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Spades • Re: Spades Daily Challenge

By collectorw0man » April 5th, 2018, 3:15 am

Wiggykat wrote:I played several games and won but I didn't get any tokens for the challenge. Anyone else have that issue?
Just to be sure I played another game I won & did get a Jack Pot spin. It's not large like other games so maybe you missed it.

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Spades • Re: Spades Daily Challenge

By Wiggykat » April 4th, 2018, 9:39 pm

I played several games and won but I didn't get any tokens for the challenge. Anyone else have that issue?

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Spades • Re: Daily Challenge

By collectorw0man » April 4th, 2018, 9:12 pm

jimmiejim wrote:I suggest going to the rooms and setting up your own game using 250 as a winning score. Also when playing with a robot partner be careful about bidding too much. The bots bid way too much very often, especially when your team is way ahead.
Thank you I will definitely use your information. I had to play 3 games to win the daily because of my over bidding robot partner

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Spades • Re: Daily Challenge

By tuliptyme4212 » April 4th, 2018, 4:04 pm

It worked fine for me... I was playing on FirefoxESR, Win 7. I set up my own table, played with bots, played through to the end of the game. Got my spin, got my tokens, got my "congratulations etc" for the daily challenge.

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