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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: Vote now to Choose Which Badge will be made

By misyankee6517 » May 4th, 2015, 4:14 am

My vote is for #3.. I did not like the way the animations looked on the other two.. but the third one looked really kool. :D

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Spades • Re: Vote now to Choose Which Badge will be made

By jedipadawan1224 » May 4th, 2015, 3:14 am

I'm going to wager a guess that the badge will be used for either a Super Edition badge or another Site-Wide Challenge. But those are just my humble guesses -- wish I knew for sure!

I liked all of the badges, but personally I thought the bathtub full of tiles just sounded... painful! :o

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Spades • Re: Vote now to Choose Which Badge will be made

By Librarymary1 » May 4th, 2015, 1:36 am

I think Pogo is giving us the badge to show their appreciation for their members. I'm always happy to enjoy a free badge in whatever game it is given.

I would imagine that the badge will be given for whichever game is represented by the artwork that wins the vote.

I am guessing that Option 1- Man running up pyramid steps might possibly be for Phlink because the game screen for Phlink has pyramids.

I am guessing that Option 2- Man surfing on an ocean of tiles might be representative of Ride The Tide because the game has this as a feature.

I don't have a clear guess for Option 3 – Man relaxing in a bathtub of tiles but I am thinking perhaps it may be Mahjong Garden (or really any of the Mahjong Games) because to me the man in the tub reminds me of a Zen Warrior enjoying a ritual bath.

Hopefully it will be out tomorrow and the mystery will be solved.

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Spades • Re: Vote now to Choose Which Badge will be made

By LaGBa1 » May 4th, 2015, 1:04 am

It would be nice to know the reason for the badge. I don't know which one to vote for without knowing why Pogo is giving it to us.

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Spades • Cannot finish a game- tried everything!

By NICHOLS249 » May 2nd, 2015, 6:47 pm

I have been unable to finish a game of Spades in weeks. The table loads just fine, and I can chat until the game starts. Once I make my bid I cannot type anything in chat, and it rarely lets me select a card. At some point it boots me out of the game and says I've lost connection. My flash and java are up to date. My modem and router are fine. My zoom is at 100%. When I run the pogo diagnostic it tells me that my resolution is not compatible, but my resolution is set to a compatible option. Other flash games like dominoes work completely with no problems at all. What can I do to fix this?!

Below is my system information:

Java Versions installed 1.8.0_45
Operating System Mac OS X 10.10.3
Flash version 17.0.0
Resolution 1280 x 800
Browser Safari 8.0.5
Cookies Enabled? True
Do Not Track False

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Spades • Re: [Spades] Experiencing difficulty, post here!

By NICHOLS249 » May 2nd, 2015, 4:11 pm

I haven't been able to play Spades for a few weeks. The game will load, but then I cannot play or type in the chat.

Here is my system info:
Browser = Safari 8.0.5
Cookies Enabled? = true
Do Not Track = undefined
Resolution = 1280 x 800
OS = Mac OS X 10.10.3(Puma)
Flash version = 17.0.0
Java Versions installed = 1.8.0_45

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Spades • Re: Vote now to Choose Which Badge will be made

By sportsplay » April 30th, 2015, 11:00 pm

Soak and relax after a hard day at Pogo.

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Spades • Re: Vote now to Choose Which Badge will be made

By HOCK9952 » April 30th, 2015, 9:46 pm

I thought the surfer dude looks like fun! It's nice that the badges are animated. Thank you Pogo for including us.

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Spades • Re: Vote now to Choose Which Badge will be made

By Luvtewplay2 » April 30th, 2015, 8:49 pm

voted my choice..will be interesting to see which one wins

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Spades • Vote now to Choose Which Badge will be made

By Pogo_Cactuar » April 30th, 2015, 8:19 pm

We've come up with 3 equally awesome badge designs and we can't pick which one to be used. Now's your chance to cast your vote to help decide which badge will be released.

Go to Pogo News for more details!

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Spades • Re: spades

By Mod_Jada » April 30th, 2015, 2:22 pm

Gunshipper13 wrote:
I'm also having trouble with a spades badge. After one or two hands, I get booted from POGO and lose all progress.


Make sure your browser's zoom is set at exactly 100 percent.

For a non table game: Hold down the CTRL key while scrolling up and down with your mouse wheel to adjust the game to fit the window.

For Table games: You'll need to have both the lobby and the table windows open. Click on the vacant area below the legend on the lobby screen, then hold down the CTRL key while scrolling up or down with your mouse wheel to adjust the zoom.

Also make sure you are not closing the lobby window. You can minimize it, but don't X it out.

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Spades • Re: spades

By Gunshipper13 » April 30th, 2015, 12:30 pm

I'm also having trouble with a spades badge. After one or two hands, I get booted from POGO and lose all progress.

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Spades • Re: spades

By Mod_Jada » April 30th, 2015, 9:35 am

Are you sure that you activated the challenge?

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Spades • Re: spades

By ray3821 » April 30th, 2015, 4:28 am

the winning looks badge

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Spades • Re: spades

By ccboots56 » April 30th, 2015, 4:15 am

What is the name of the badge you are playing?

spades2
https://wt.pogo.com/action/pogop/pogogems/fund.do?returnType=game&returnValue=spades2&intcmp=spades2_ingame_gem_fund

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