Spades

SpadesSpades, unlike many of the games on this site, is of fairly recent vintage, gaining popularity only in the latter part of the 21st century, primarily in America. Spades is particularly popular among college students for its simple rules and fast-paced play.

Spades is a trick-taking card game for four players, playing as partners. The object is to win as many tricks as you can during each hand. Spades is played with a standard deck of 52 playing cards, and each player is dealt 13 cards. Each partner makes a bid, based on the number of tricks they expect to take. The partnership must capture at least that many tricks in order to make their bid. Since spades are trump, the highest spade played on any trick wins the trick. If no spades are played on a trick, the highest card of the suit led wins the trick.

If you're just getting started with spades, check out the collection of spades rules, or get one of the many fine spades books that feature written rules and strategy guides.

You can also play spades on your computer or smartphone with spades software, for all major desktop and mobile operating systems, or play online spades games using your computer browser or smartphone.


Spades Links

  • BJ's Spades Hotlinks
    A comprehensive listing of Spades links, with sections for with Spades rules, Spades strategy, online Spades games, and Spades software.
  • Grand Prix Card Tournaments
    Grand Prix Tournaments is the host to the World Series of Classic Card Games, including the World Series of Spades, the World Series of Euchre, the World Series of Hearts, the World Series of Pinochle, and the World Series of Bid Whist.
  • Master Spades
    A site dedicated to the card game of Spades, promoting excellence in card playing skills for Spades players. With strategy tips, advice and examples for handling specific deals, and a forum where players can discuss the game. [archive copy]
  • Pagat Spades
    John McLeod's Spades information page, with rules and links.
  • PlaySpades.co.uk
    Information and advice on the card game of Spades, with information about the game, how to play, where to play online, downloadable games and Spades links.
  • Spadeology
    Spades tips, rules, variations, and strategies for the novice to advanced players.
  • The Spades Connection
    The Spades Connection brings people together to promote competitive card playing, and has earned a reputation reputation for "The premier event for all live spades players".
  • Wikipedia Spades
    Information about the game of Spades from the free online encyclopedia.
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Last Update: September 18th, 2011