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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

By qqqREDqqq » January 21st, 2017, 3:29 pm

I read that opening any unopened gifts will fix the cripes problem. I tried it and was able to finish a game without getting booted,

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Spades • Re: spades

By vw5004 » January 21st, 2017, 2:54 pm

I am having a realy problem with getting booted out of spades games and receiving cripes page. In addition it appears that you can not chat in the lobby I tried several times. can this be fixed.

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Spades • Re: Spades is frustrating!

By Mod_Jada » January 21st, 2017, 4:25 am

Your browser's zoom requires a setting of 100 percent - nothing higher than that.

While you are on the home page, hold down the CTRL key and press the Zero key (above the letter P on your keyboard) at the same time.

That will reset your zoom to 100 percent.

Do that BEFORE you go to the game.

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Spades • Spades is frustrating!

By RHAHA25 » January 21st, 2017, 2:23 am

I have tried to play spades since yesterday and I can't make any of the cards to move! Is this being addressed?

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Spades • Re: no seats showing up at table

By Marg208 » January 17th, 2017, 11:13 pm

No I'm not playing a rated game.

There is a group of 4 of us that play together and they are seeing the same thing I am (3 bots sitting at the table with me and no "play" icon to click on to join me. We have tried someone else getting the table but then the same thing happens. We didn't used to have this problem but I don't recall when it started. Strangely sometimes the problem occurs for me and not the others and then other times someone other than me is having this problem.

[quote="Mod_Jada"][b] they might not show until someone joins.

Without the little rectangle that says "play" on the table there is no way for my friends to join me. In the past the rectangle for each available seat did show up.

Perhaps there is some simple thing I am overlooking. Thank you so much for helping to "brainstorm" about possible solutions.

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Spades • Re: no seats showing up at table

By Mod_Jada » January 17th, 2017, 9:53 pm

I don't think you see the seats when you look at your own table and they might not show until someone joins.
Are you trying to play a Rated game?

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Spades • no seats showing up at table

By Marg208 » January 17th, 2017, 8:26 pm

I searched the forum and have not seen this problem. When I get a table in a spades room it shows an icon for me but does not show those little rectangles with the word "play" and therefore no one can join me. If I hit start it shows the little bot icons but again no "play" rectangles.

In the options I selected "allow players to join" and "allow players to watch". I did not limit the table to any skill level.I am using windows 10. My zoom is at 100. I cleared my cache. I do not have a pop up blocker on. I have tried other browsers, namely Opera, Chrome and IE 11, in addition to Safari, and have the same problem with those browsers. I also have this same problem with Euchre.

My system info is as follows:

Browser = Safari 5.1.7
Cookies Enabled? = true
Do Not Track = undefined
Resolution = 1536 x 864
OS = Windows 8
Flash version = 24.0.0
Java Versions installed = 1.8.0_111

I couldn't figure out how to do a screen shot so I hope this information is sufficient. I am not very consumer savvy and therefore would appreciate any suggestions.

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Spades • Re: Spades will not let me play!

By mino4994 » January 15th, 2017, 3:35 pm

If you have a touch screen make sure you pull it down to minimum setting too as I find that Spades gets upset if this is even slightly out too!!!!

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Spades • Re: Spades will not let me play!

By smitty5071 » January 14th, 2017, 7:13 pm

It won't let me play either. The game loads, I can bid. And cannot play. My zoom is set to 100%. Any other ideas?

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Spades • Re: Spades will not let me play!

By Jjsugargirl » January 14th, 2017, 11:48 am

notveryblond wrote:
Spades does load and I can bid. However the cards will not play. What is going on here?

Spades will not let me play either this needs to be taken care of. I pay my money now cannot play the game that I want to play.

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Spades • Re: Create settings or favorites

By Mod_Kyra » January 14th, 2017, 1:26 am

Spades has quite a few options that can be customized. I'm fairly sure the one you mention isn't one of those...I've only ever seen Aces count as high in Spades, unlike Jungle Gin.

Click on "advance options" down at the bottom near the password field to access them.

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Spades • Create settings or favorites

By jjcra » January 13th, 2017, 12:11 pm

Is there a way you can create your own favorites, for example: if I only want to play spade high

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Spades • Re: spades

By SataiDelen » January 13th, 2017, 3:53 am

You're welcome. Glad you found it. I was re-reading it and realized I was on the vague side. Sorry about that.

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Spades • Re: spades

By sokay81 » January 13th, 2017, 3:51 am

I found it, thank you!!! All these years of playing I have never had to do that.

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Spades • Re: spades

By sokay81 » January 13th, 2017, 3:46 am

what circle?

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