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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 games and rooms not loading

By theleide » August 16th, 2017, 2:10 am

Me too. I am getting tired of paying my membership and not being able to finish my badges because they don't load.

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Spades • Re: Spades games and rooms not loading

By Mod_Jada » August 15th, 2017, 10:27 pm

Have you cleared your browser's cache lately?
Have you cleared your Flash cache?

How To Clear Your Browser's Cache

How To Clear Flash Cache

In addition to clearing your caches try the following when a game doesn't load:

Leave the page and go back to your home page. Now go back to the game and see if it loads.
Sign out of Pogo and sign back in again.
Refresh the page ( F5 key at the top of your keyboard).
Try a different browser to see if you have better results.

This is what I do if a game doesn't load for me:

I leave the page and return to the home page.
I go back to the game and it usually loads on the second try.
If it doesn't load on the second try I repeat the process and it always loads on the third try.

Try that and see if it helps.

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Spades • Re: Spades games and rooms not loading

By MaryAnnSmiles » August 15th, 2017, 10:20 pm

I am also unable to load from any selected room, not sure why; second day of issues.

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Spades • Re: Spades - Options screen not working

By Mod_Jada » August 15th, 2017, 9:02 pm

Click a few times in the blank box.
That usually makes the Options Screen appear.

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Spades • Re: Spades games and rooms not loading

By ghp12 » August 15th, 2017, 7:09 pm

my games won't load , nor do i see the rooms that u can enter to play , all of a sudden it happened , i upgraded my software and nothing , i am using safari , anybody has any answers for me ?

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Spades • Spades - Options screen not working

By gravelcat » August 15th, 2017, 1:55 pm

The text on the Options screen has vanished - can't set options or private game, or enter password.

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Spades • Spades games and rooms not loading

By carllow » August 15th, 2017, 11:42 am

Is anyone else having trouble with games and rooms not loading in Spades???? What is the issue.

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Spades • Re: Stops Dealing Cards in Middle of Game

By Tawny99 » August 14th, 2017, 5:21 pm

How do you rank up in spades? ty

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Spades • Re: Stops Dealing Cards in Middle of Game

By Godzall354 » August 14th, 2017, 2:34 pm

I play with the bots and do several times a day. Also do badges. I use Internet Explorer, never had a problem. So sorry you are having problems. Good Luck.

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Spades • Re: Stops Dealing Cards in Middle of Game

By battboy12 » August 14th, 2017, 11:47 am

kh051569 wrote:
jpmwriter wrote:All of a sudden, playing bots all afternoon, score roughly even, expecting cards but none dealt. Asking for bids, as if cards are there! This has happened before but a long time ago, so I am surprised to have to face it again now. Playing a new premium badge based on earned tokens, so starting over means a loss for me. Does Pogo already know about this issue? I do not see any other mentions of it.... Anyone else experience this?


I am having that same problem. So frustrating!!!!

I am also having the same issue ... :oops:

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Spades • Re: Stops Dealing Cards in Middle of Game

By kh051569 » August 14th, 2017, 6:58 am

jpmwriter wrote:
All of a sudden, playing bots all afternoon, score roughly even, expecting cards but none dealt. Asking for bids, as if cards are there! This has happened before but a long time ago, so I am surprised to have to face it again now. Playing a new premium badge based on earned tokens, so starting over means a loss for me. Does Pogo already know about this issue? I do not see any other mentions of it.... Anyone else experience this?


I am having that same problem. So frustrating!!!!

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Spades • Re: spades and other games

By Brushnpaint » August 13th, 2017, 4:21 am

I am using windows 10
Tried numerous times to load various games to no avail.
Tried to load with IE 11 , Mozilla firefox, Chrome.
this is the 3rd day. ugh

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Spades • Re: spades and other games

By angelrees2002 » August 8th, 2017, 10:19 pm

if mine loads them it boots me do u no how to fix this

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Spades • Re: spades and other games

By zoe8832 » August 8th, 2017, 1:25 pm

I think it's the epik ski ad that is freezing up the game.

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Spades • Re: spades and other games

By RWSspeed » August 7th, 2017, 9:35 pm

tried all of them use explore most . but just can not load games

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