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Spades Plus Rules

Spades Plus consists of different types of Spades games. Rules of each of them are explained below.

CLASSIC (PARTNERSHIP) SPADES:

Number of Players: Classic Spades is played with four players in pairs. One team has red and the other team has blue color.

Deck: Standard 52-card deck is used (without Joker).

Object: To win the number of tricks that your team bids. Reaching to the specified “Game Ending Point” will end the game. Team with the highest score will win.

Rank of Suits: Spades are always trump (highest rank). Other suits have no intrinsic value during play, but a card of the suit led in the current trick will beat a card of any other suit except a Spade.

Rank of cards: Highest to lowest: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.


The Deal:

The first dealer is chosen at random, and the turn to deal rotates clockwise. The cards are dealt in clockwise order beginning with the player on dealer's left, until all 52 cards have been dealt and everyone has 13.


The Bidding:

Each players bid a number of tricks. They need to make estimation about how many tricks they believe they can win.

The total number of bids for teammates will be Team Bid. Team Bid is the number of tricks that the team must try to win to get a positive score.

The bidding begins with the player to dealer's left and continues clockwise around the table.

Each player can bid a number between 0 and 13. The Team Bid cannot exceed 13. Player with Ace of Spades cannot bid 0.

Nil: Bidding 0 tricks is known as Nil. Player who bids Nil must avoid winning any trick. Successful Nil gives a Bonus point and unsuccessful Nil brings negative bonus point.

Blind Nil: Players cannot see their hands, until they decide to open them. Before seeing the cards, player can bid Blind Nil. It is same as Nil but has double positive/negative points.


Playing a Hand:

The player at the left position of the dealer begins to the first trick with any card except a spade. Each player must follow suit if able. If unable, the player may play any card.

A trick containing a spade is won by the highest spade played; if no spade is played, the trick is won by the highest card of the suit led. The winner of each trick leads to the next.

Spades may not be led until either

  • Any of the player has already played a spade (on the lead of another suit), or
  • All cards at leading player’s hand are Spades.

Playing the first spade is known as "breaking" spades.


Scoring:

There are 3 types of points which will affect the Total Points of a team.

1- Bid points:

It is positive if the team won more tricks than Team Bid. In this case, team gets 10 times their Team Bid and 1 extra point for each additional trick.

Example:

Team member 1 bids 3 and team member 2 bids 2.

Team member 1 wins 2 and team member 2 wins 5.

It means the Team Bid is 5 and team won 7 tricks. Team gets 5x10=50 points for Team Bid and 7-5=2 points for additional 2 tricks. Bid Points for the round is 52.

If the team won less tricks than Team Bid, they get -10 points times Team Bid.

Example:

Team member 1 bids 3 and team member 2 bids 2.

Team member 1 wins 3 and team member 2 wins 1.

It means the Team Bid is 5 and team won 4 tricks. Team gets (-10) x 5 = (-50) points as Bid Points.

2- Bonus points:

Bonus points can be taken only from Nil and Blind Nil.

Successful Nil brings +100 points and unsuccessful Nil brings -100 points.

Successful Blind Nil brings +200 points and unsuccessful Blind Nil brings -200 points.

3- Bag Penalty:

Bag is the total of additional tricks taken in each round. Each bag brings 1 point but when the total bag reaches to 10, it brings -100 penalty points. You need to be careful with the bags. They may help you to win other team, but when you reach 10, it’s penalty will be a very huge problem for you.

After all of these 3 points for each team is calculated, they are added to Total Points.


Rewarding:

Each member of the Winner Team will get double of their bets.

At the end of the game, if both teams have same Total Points and Bags, all players take their bets back.


SOLO SPADES:

Rules of Solo Spades are almost same as Classic Spades rules.

Differences are;

In Solo spades, there are no Teams. All players play for themselves and all scores are separate.

Players cannot bid Blind Nil. All cards are dealt as open.

Nil has +50 points instead of +100. Of course, it has -50 points instead of -100 points.

5 Bags brings the Bag Penalty and it is -50 points instead of -100.

Winner gets 3/4 of the Total Bet. Second player will get 1/4 of the Total Bet. If there are two winners, they share the whole prize.


SUICIDE SPADES:

Rules of Suicide Spades are almost same as Classic Spades rules.

Differences are;

One of the teammates must bid Nil and the other teammate may bid at least 4.

If the first teammate bids a positive number (at least 4) then second teammate must bid zero (Nil).

Players cannot bid Blind Nil. All cards are dealt as open.


WHIZ SPADES:

Rules of Whiz Spades are almost same as Classic Spades rules.

Differences are;

Each player must bid the exact number of spades in their hand or go Nil.

Players cannot bid Blind Nil. All cards are dealt as open.


MIRROR SPADES:

Rules of Mirror Spades are almost same as Classic Spades rules.

Differences are;

Each player must bid the exact number of spades in their hand.

Players cannot bid Nil, if they have Spades.

Players must bid Nil if they don’t have any Spade.

Players cannot bid Blind Nil. All cards are dealt as open.