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How to play Spades

Triple S Games
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Learn the rules to the playing card game Spades quickly and concisely – This video has no distractions, just the rules. While there are many variations to Spades, this video covers the original base rules.

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The object of this 4 player card game is to be the first player to 500 points. The object of each hand is to win at least as many “tricks” as you bid. Setup. Using a standard deck of playing cards, with Aces high, 2s low, and Spades trumping all, each player is given a card from a shuffled deck and who ever receives the highest card becomes the first dealer. If there is a tie, try again. The dealer shuffles and the player to their right cuts the deck. The dealer then deals 13 cards one at a time clockwise to each player. Players look at their own cards but keep them hidden from their opponents.

After everybody receives their cards, bids are made. A bid refers to the players’ expectation of “tricks” they will make in the round. Normally, all players must make a minimum of 1 bid. A trick is given to the player with the highest card in each round.

After the bids are made, the dealer lays one card from their hand face up in the center of the table as a lead. Continuing clockwise from the lead, each player places a card down matching the same suit as the lead card. If they do not possess cards of the same suit, they may play any of their cards. The card with the highest rank in the suit that was led, wins the round, winning the trick. Spades are trump, and always rand higher than the other suits. For example, A 3 of spades beats a King of diamonds. The winner of the trick, collects the cards facedown and pouts them to the side, keeping each tricks separate, then leads the next card. This process repeats until all the cards for the hand are played.

At the end of the hand, points are rewarded to players who made their number of bids. You receive 10 points for each trick made that you bid and 1 bonus point for each trick made over your initial bid. For example, if you big 5 tricks at the start of the round and ended up taking 6 tricks, you would get 50 points for meeting the initial 5 tricks and 1 point for the additional trick. Giving you 51 points for the hand. 0 points are given to players who fail to win the number of tricks they bid.

If no player has 500 or more points, then role of dealer rotates clockwise by one and another hand is dealt. Keep playing until someone has 500 or more points, then they are the winner.


  1. So it's a variant of hearts basically. Cool thanks for the explanation.

  2. i'd rather play Hosse, almost the same yet a lot faster, games are to 21..

  3. What’s stopping someone from bidding high each round ? I either get 10 points every time or I get zero , I feel like you should lose points for every bid you made and didn’t succeed with (so if I bid 4 and won 2, I should be penalized )

  4. I play spades on ipad I’m trying to figure out y am I getting negative points on the 2nd round when I go over my bid ?

  5. All my friends be playing this and now I have a understanding how it goes thank you lol

  6. I’m so confused. Help. I’m tired of going to my black families bbqs and asking for everyone to play uno instead 😩

  7. Yeah this video didn't teach me nothing. I need a person to show me while we are playing the game and play it a few times while the person walk me through the game. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

  8. I have never known or understood this game. Huh🤦

  9. I work at a mental hospital, and all the patients AND staff play spades. I’m trynna learn lol

  10. I came here because all the black people I know refused to teach me. Its a law that you know how

  11. how do we know that how many bids each player has to win

  12. T.H.C TheHarlemChild WavyWorldRecordsLLC says:

    nice video i have a video of me playing spades as well you should check it out

  13. I’m tired of instructions you guys do it all

  14. lol @ teaching someone how to play spades in under 3 mintues. seriously? too funny

  15. Uhhhh…he failed to mention 1 very important element. The renege. Learn about it b4 u play spades please.

  16. Great tutorial, short and straight to the point. I wish all videos were like this. 💪🏾💯

  17. What about making a video on Court Piece (aka Rung)?

  18. I was looking to see if you have the card game tunk or tonk which every way they spell it. If you do let me know, if not you should do a tutorial on it as well.

  19. Also, 13 is the number of ranks in a playing card deck, because 52 divided by 4 equals 13.

  20. I learned how to play in jail so i showed my girlfriend this video so we can play on the outs

  21. (1) If you do not make your bid, you lose the amount you bid: eg, you bid 3 and you only make two, you go negative 30 in the hole. (2) Another twist of the game. When your over tricks add to 10, you lose 100 points.

  22. Bruh why is a white guy teaching how to play spades

  23. It’s not that hard to understand unlike poker

  24. Tongans have a similar game but we call it TALAMU and it's played with partners.The dealer rotates left after every hand and Spades are not Trump.But rather a different POWER CARD chosen by the 1st player to the left of dealer that flips a random card whilst cards are being dealt.If a team fails to score a trick and the other team gets to 7 Tricks that's called POKO and your team is kicked out and next awaiting team jumps in.We use to play alot growing up and which ever team had the most consecutive wins had bragging rights.Lastly each round of teams play best of 3

  25. Yea we call it books! Shiet I done ran a gruff before with them thangs lol

  26. Not a very good explanation. Its like an explanation for someone who already knows how to play it

  27. Read the comments yall lol its some drama and it will make you laugh

  28. I learned this in a mental hospital of all places and have taught some of my friends to play using how I was taught. Good to know I was taught correctly haha. Very nice tutorial.

  29. Step one: lose at a black family cookout. Forever.

  30. If you don't make your bid you go by your bid times 10. So if you bid 5 and don't make your bid, you go back 50. I've never seen anyone play or read rules where going set was not the case. Further if you make DOUBLE your bid you go BACK 100 points. This works to keep bids honest and people from 'lowballing' their hand. You also failed to point out there are 13 books per hand.

  31. the original game is a pair cardgame explain that instead

  32. Can you make a video of how to play that game that's like Spades but only played with 10-A cards

  33. Player to left of dealer takes the lead. Never the dealer

  34. Thanks sir but don’t ever get into the app though because it’s reversed and completely rigged where you lose points sometimes for all the high cards you play which shouldn’t be the rules for scoring but every low card does the same.

  35. The final requirements to sit at the adult table

  36. No talking at the table rule number one.

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