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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: HALF A CHAT BOX IN ALL GAMES IN POGO

By CAGal1950 » July 21st, 2017, 11:01 pm

Try this:
Click on the Gear over the Who's Here in Chat. Make sure you have Chat checked.

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Spades • HALF A CHAT BOX IN ALL GAMES IN POGO

By hobo33 » July 21st, 2017, 10:59 pm

I only have half of chat box in pogo i have contact EA and everything they tell me to do does not work .i cannot get help anywhere. any suggestions ?

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Spades • Re: Stops Dealing Cards in Middle of Game

By Tawny99 » July 20th, 2017, 8:01 pm

this has happened several times--playing with no problems--then when cards are dealt--I get none. Have to start over! Working on a badge and playing with bots.

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Spades • Re: talking in spades

By Mod_Aby » July 19th, 2017, 4:12 am

You are correct in believing that chat is acceptable in a spades game as long as you are not talking to you pardner about what cards you may be holding and planning strategies to win the game. Chat room are expected to be used for friendly , pleasant conversation.

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Spades • talking in spades

By suzyjady » July 19th, 2017, 4:08 am

Just been playing and talking to a friend, when told talking is illegal. I said it was not unless you talked about the scores ot cards you have in hand, she argued that I was wrong. Who is correct here, I thought friendly chat was what pogo wanted

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Spades • NEED A SPADES PARTNER ** WHOS IN **

By CHELLLESHOT » July 12th, 2017, 6:01 am

I NEED A SPADES PARTNER WHOS IN ... AND IM IN NC BY THE WAY :)

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Spades • Re: rated games

By CAGal1950 » July 9th, 2017, 5:24 pm

You can either start your own Rated game or you can join one if there is an empty seat.
To start your own, first select a Room, then select an empty table and from the Table Options pop up window, click on Make game Rated. (you need 3 more actual players to start, you cannot play a rated game with the Bots.)
Or, you can look at the table already occupied, and see it their game is Rated. It will have a Black circle with a Star in it.

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Spades • rated games

By NancyH614 » July 9th, 2017, 5:11 pm

How do I get into rated games

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Spades • tied games in spades

By SoftTouch36 » July 9th, 2017, 5:18 am

Why is pogo giving a win to a team when it's a tied game?

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Spades • Re: Look at Options and get booted

By CAGal1950 » July 8th, 2017, 2:50 pm

I've never experienced the problem you are having, but, maybe checking the Table Options before you sit down will eliminate getting booted.

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Spades • Re: Look at Options and get booted

By bd63033 » July 8th, 2017, 2:39 pm

Try going back to the table you were at and see if you can pick up the game. If not make sure all your options are set before you start the game. When you clicked OK it may have reset.

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Spades • Re: spades question on challenge

By CAGal1950 » July 8th, 2017, 2:23 pm

bd63033 wrote:
5oo points wins a game. Yes you do have to win the game to get the points. In normal play your accumulated points drop when the game is over and a winner declared.

Yes, that is true. But, to clarify, you can play 250 points games, as well as 750 and 1,000 points.

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Spades • Re: spades question on challenge

By bd63033 » July 8th, 2017, 2:10 pm

5oo points wins a game. Yes you do have to win the game to get the points. In normal play your accumulated points drop when the game is over and a winner declared.

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Spades • Look at Options and get booted

By Cinnddyyy » July 8th, 2017, 1:36 am

If I look at the opts while I'm in a spades game, I am booted from the table when I click ok. What do I do to correct it?

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Spades • Re: spades question on challenge

By CAGal1950 » July 7th, 2017, 7:19 am

Spades TV: Work with your partner to earn 1,500 point.
If I"m not mistaken, if you win your bid, you will earn points. Been a long time since I played that badge.

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