Spades Central Rules

Spades Central Rules

Spades is an extremely popular card game which was first invented and played in the United States in the 1930s. We created this website to allow a place for people who love the game to come and play on our site. We want our site to be friendly, fun and competitive. On our website spades can be played against 4 computers or "bots", or 3 "bots" and 1 real player or 2 players and 2 "bots", or 4 real players.
Spades is a descendant of the Whist family of card games, and in this game spades is always trump, hence it's name!

Number of Players

This website plays with four players in pairs.

Deck

Standard 52 card deck.

Suit Rank

Spades is always trump. Other suits have value in the sense that the suit led in the current trick will beat a card of any other suit except for a spade.

Card Rank

Highest to lowest in this order: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2

Game Objective

First pair (team) to reach 500 wins. Also teams who reach -200 first lose.

Bidding

Each player bids the number of tricks that they expect to take. As spades are always trump, keep this in mind when bidding. A bid of "zero" is called "nil". A bid of "DN" is a blind nil, and it means you bid that you are taking zero tricks BEFORE you even see your cards!

Blind and Nil Bidding

When you bid "DN" it means you are bidding blind nil, which means you are stating that you will not take a single trick during play of the hand. If you make a DN bid, (in other words you don't take any tricks) you score 200 points. If you take at least one trick you lose 200 points, and the tricks you acquire DO NOT cound towards your pards bids.

Game Play

Each hand consists of tricks (so there are 13 tricks using all 52 cards). Players play clockwise and must follow suit. You cannot play a spade until spades is "broken". Spades is "broken" when a player does not have any cards of the suit led and can play a spade, or all that is remaining in their hand is spades. Once spades are broken they can be played at any time in the remaining hands in that round.

Scoring

As soon as the hand is completed (all 13 cards have been played), the players tricks are summed to form a team count. Each players tricks won is compared to what they bid, and 10 points per bid trick are awarded. For example, if a player bids 5 and made 5, then they score 50 points. Any tricks won OVER the amount bid count as "bags". For example if a player bid 5, won 6 then they would score 51, 50 (5 bid x 10points) and (no of tricks over bid x 1 pt). If a team did not make their bid, then they are considered "set" and 10 points for each trick bid are deducted from the team's score.

Bonuses and Penalities

Winning

The first team(pair) to reach 500 points, or forcing the opposition to drop to -200 points wins.

Game Variations

On spades central you can find regular spades (DN) or blind nil allowed as well as the following variants. Table 7, is "suicide" where one player for each pair must bid nil. Table 8, is "DN" table where all players bid DN