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Calling a Spade a Spade

The game of Spades originated in the United States in the 1930’s, and became very popular with the armed forces during World War II. After the war – it grew in popularity with college students – finally moving into the homes of many Americans. It can be played as either a partnership or solo/"cutthroat" game.

The game of Dominoes has been around since the 12th Century – it originated in China, moved to Europe in the 18th Century – and today is played around the world! It is considered to be the national game in many Latin American countries, is hugely popular in clubs throughout Europe – and is generally played as a party game in the United States.

Objective of Spades

Spades is a trick game, much like hearts or bridge. The player with the highest ranked card wins the trick. Each player must bid how many tricks they will make before the hand begins. The amount of tricks you bid and make applies to your score and the first player to reach the final score wins.

The Bidding

Each player must make a bid, which is the number of tricks they expect to make. It is important to realize that in Spades both players' bids stand. (It is not like other bidding games in which only the higher bid counts. The bid is selected from the drop-down menu which appears on your screen.

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