How to Play A Spade Game: A Beginner’s Guide

Spades is a popular trick-taking card game that originated in the United States. It requires four players divided into two teams. The objective of the game is for your team to score more points than the opposing team by winning tricks during each round. If you’re new to the game, here’s a beginner’s guide on how to play a spade game.

The Basics of Spades

The first thing you need to know about spades is that it uses a standard deck of 52 cards. The ranking of the cards from highest to lowest is Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2. Each player is dealt with thirteen cards.

During each round or hand in spades game play proceeds clockwise starting from the player left of the dealer who leads any card they wish from their hand. The other players must then follow suit if possible; otherwise they may play any card in their hand. The player with the highest-ranking card wins that trick and leads for the next trick.

Bidding in Spades

Before each hand begins in spades game there are rounds where players bid on how many tricks they think they can win based on their hands’ strength. Each team’s total bid represents what they believe they can win together in that round.

After all bids are made and counted up, teams must try to win as many tricks as possible equaling their total bid count during that round; however if they fail to meet this target by even one trick then they lose points equaling their total bid count for that round.

Scoring in Spades

The scoring system in spades can be confusing for beginners but it’s an important aspect of gameplay once you understand it. When a team wins tricks during a round, they earn points based on the number of tricks won and whether they met their bid count. If they win at least as many tricks as they bid, they receive 10 points for each trick won. If they fail to meet their bid count, they lose 10 points for each trick that was overbid.

Additionally, there are bonus points available for winning specific “tricks” in spades. For example, if a team manages to win all 13 tricks in one hand, this is called a “Boston” and earns them an extra 100 points.

Strategy in Spades

To be successful at spades, players must develop strategies for bidding and winning tricks. One common strategy is to bid conservatively and try to win as many tricks as possible with your partner’s help. Another strategy is to go for broke and bid high with the hope of earning bonus points or winning the game outright.

In terms of gameplay, it’s important to pay attention to which cards have already been played during each round so you can better predict what your opponents might still have in their hands. It’s also important to communicate effectively with your partner so you can work together to win as many tricks as possible.


Spades is an exciting game that requires both skill and strategy. By understanding the basics of gameplay, bidding, scoring, and strategy development; you’ll soon be able to enjoy this popular card game with friends or family members. Whether you’re looking for a fun way to pass the time or want to improve your critical thinking skills; playing spades can provide hours of entertainment while also challenging your mind.

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