How to Play Spades : How to Keep Score in Spades


The standard game of Spades that is played
on the internet and in most tournaments is 500 points. o.k.? The first team that reaches
500 points wins the game. Now some people put in a hand limit so that you don’t have
endless games that go twenty hands, thirty hands and so forth and that makes them pretty
consistent but basically it is a 500 point game. The way that you get points in Spades
is every trick you bid, its tricks times 10 points, o.k.? So if you bid and you’re in
this seat here and you bid three and the next guy bids two and your partner bids four and
the next one bids two, we have a total of eleven tricks. If you make your seven bid,
you get seventy points. Seventy equals seven tricks. Now that’s a lot of points in a 500
game. This side if they made their bid they would get forty points. Now you wonder where
do the two extra tricks go? Those are called Bags. I don’t know where that terminology
came from, it’s the sixties because that is when Bags were added to the game. The idea
is that you don’t want people bidding low, so low to the point that they just don’t care
and in the old classics Spades that’s exactly what they used to do, the old school Spades.
A Bag is an over trick. Well a Bag actually sounds good at first because you get an extra
point for it so if you bid three, if your total bid is three and you make six you get
thirty three. That sounds alright. You get three extra points but if you could have made
six then why didn’t you bid five, you could have gotten fifty plus one. So the point is
the more accurate your bidding is the greater the reward but there is a tolerance point
as to the risk. If you’re going to bid seven and you only have six then you risk the probability,
speaking of probabilities, of being set or defeated. Set means that your contract is
defeated. There is another bid that we have to mention too and that’s called a Nil. A
Ni is a bid of zero.

5 thoughts on “How to Play Spades : How to Keep Score in Spades

  • June 27, 2013 at 6:03 am
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    The term "Bag" comes from the term "Sandbag." Sandbaging is when a player under bids their hands so they never go set.The Bags are used to discourage this type of unrisky play. One Bag is given for each trick taken over your big. Once someone gets 5 or 10 Bags the player or team loses 50 to 100 points.

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  • June 27, 2013 at 6:05 am
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    Every one of these videos are useless and should be taken down.

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  • May 14, 2018 at 9:09 am
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    can anyone help me with how scoring with nil bid is calculated. for example if i bid nil and my team mate bids 5. and then if i achieve my nil bid but my partner only manages 4 tricks. what would score calculation be in this scenario.

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  • January 23, 2019 at 10:55 pm
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    We called them books not tricks

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  • April 24, 2019 at 3:48 pm
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    Man if you don't play spades with the big and little joker… and you don't know what a big MO is YOU NEVER REALLY PLAYED SPADES

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