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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 How To Play

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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Spades Tips and Tricks

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 Stops In Middle of Game

By ILovespades303 » July 17th, 2018, 6:50 pm

So frustrating I cannot even get into a game of spades and I have played for years on here

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Spades • Re: Spades Stops In Middle of Game

By ROBINSMUMEMMA » July 15th, 2018, 6:01 pm

Been happening to me for the last week or so. Gets down to what would be the winning hand and says pick your bid but doesn't deal any cards. VERY frustrating!! Yes I have cleared both caches, updated all browsers, run C Cleaner!! I honestly don't think the problem is on our end folks???

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Spades • Re: spades

By CAGal1950 » July 9th, 2018, 10:30 pm

What is the name of the Badge?

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Spades • spades

By peajaysee1957 » July 9th, 2018, 9:30 pm

I haven't got credit for my challenge, win 2 250 point games. This has happened before :x

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Spades • Re: How do you find a rated game?

By Mod_Jada » June 28th, 2018, 9:47 pm

buena419 wrote:how do you play to a higher amount

Don't click Play Robots or Play People because those come with pre-set options that cannot be changes.
Choose a room from the Chat Room list and then choose an empty table.
In the table options, under "Game Over Score", select the option you want from the drop down menu.
You can still play with the robot opponent if it's NOT a rated game by making your table private and giving it a password (see the options underneath Customize Your Table).

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Spades • Re: How do you find a rated game?

By buena419 » June 28th, 2018, 9:43 pm

how do you play to a higher amount

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Spades • Re: Spades

By CAGal1950 » June 26th, 2018, 2:47 pm

You do know that Rated games need to be played with actual people? You cannot use the Bots? Just checking.

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Spades • Spades

By sued2744 » June 26th, 2018, 1:56 pm

I have played this game about 5 times, and have not been given the credit for the wins. The object is to Win 2 500-point RATED games in 2 weeks!

Earn Spade Tattoo Badge plus 2,000 tokens

Why am I not getting credit for the wins?

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Spades • Re: How do you find a rated game?

By Bugswiglud » June 24th, 2018, 5:53 pm

Go into a room with alot of players. usually there will be someone there asking for a player or you announce you are willing to join a game

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Spades • How do you find a rated game?

By difi8 » June 24th, 2018, 4:56 pm

How do you win a badge that requires a rated game? I either sit in a room that I mark rated and wait for a long time and no one comes. (you can't play robots) Or I go through room after room looking to see if it is marked rated and can never find one. Any Suggestions?

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Spades • Re: Spades Stops In Middle of Game

By NhRodney » June 21st, 2018, 6:16 pm

Since this is a game with a Lobby, I would guess that the solution would be to NOT "X" out of the Lobby window. Just minimize it. In other "table games", if you close out the Lobby window completely, it doesn't allow the game to go far.
I don't play Spades often, so I'm not 100% sure if that applies. It makes sense that it would be the same as other "table games" though.

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Spades • Re: Spades Stops In Middle of Game

By blastdevil5554 » June 21st, 2018, 6:11 pm

keep getting time launch out please help

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Spades • Re: Spades Stops In Middle of Game

By pattyaround_ » June 20th, 2018, 12:05 pm

why am I booted from spades...says plug in failure.

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Spades • Re: Spades Stops In Middle of Game

By imladybassett » June 13th, 2018, 3:09 pm

Same thing happens to me in Spades and Jungle Gin, has anyone come up with a way to fix this?

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Spades • Re: Spades badge: Butterfly Landing

By Rangersrnmbr1 » May 29th, 2018, 7:48 am

Rated means you must play with 3 other human players plus the settings on your table has to be set to rated. No robots.

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