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Can you guess how many tricks you'll win for your team?! Spades is a classic trick taking game with the twist of predicting your successes for points. It's a 4 player game traditionally played with two teams of 2 players each.
Each round of Spades has a Bidding phase and a Play phase.
Starting with the player left of the dealer, each player must play one card into the middle.
Each player must follow suit of the first card played, if possible. If they cannot follow suit, they may play any card.
The winner of the trick is the player who played the highest ranking card (EXAMPLE: P2 started the trick with a K of Hearts, P3 followed with a 7 of Hearts, P3 does not have any Hearts so they play a 3 of Diamonds, P4 plays an A of Hearts. P4 wins the trick).
The winner takes the trick and starts a new trick by playing a card.
After all 13 tricks have been played, the round is over. Tricks are counted and compared to their bids.
If a team reaches or exceeds their total bid amount (between both players on the team), they score 10 points for each trick up to their bid amount + 1 point for each trick beyond their bid amount (EXAMPLE: P1 bid 3 and P3 bid 4 for a total of 7. They won 8 tricks this round and thus score 71 points - 10 points for the first 7 tricks and 1 point for the 8th trick).
Each trick won beyond the bid amount is known as a "Bag" and each Bag a team gets is recorded. Bags are worth 1 point each as previously mentioned. However, if a team's number of Bags reaches 10, their team's score is penalized -100 points.
If a team does not reach their total bid amount in a round, they lose 10x their total bid amount (EXAMPLE: P2 and P4 each bid 3 for a total of 6, but they only won 5 tricks this past round. Their score is penalized -60 points).
*Special Scoring Rules:
The first team to 500 or more points wins the game!
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