A trick containing a spade is won by the highest spade played; if no spadeis played, the trick is won by the highest card of the suit led. The winnerof each trick leads to the next. Spades may not be led until either some player has played a spade (on the lead of another suit, of course), or theleader has nothing but spades left in hand.
Spades is a casual card game developed in the 1930's in the USA. Spades is played with a basic set of 52 cards and card value ranks from 2, the lowest, to Ace, the highest. The version of 24/7 Spades is the most popular and is played with four Spades players in a team format, where players across the table are considered teammates. Spades is a game of trumps, where all spades are the best cards in the game and will beat all other suits.
If someone plays a spade, that spade trumps all other cards EXCEPT for higher spades. So even if someone plays the Ace of diamonds, and I play the 2 of spades, I win that trick if no other spades are played. If no spades are played, the highest card wins of the suit that was played first. The winner of each trick leads on the next.
It doesn't matter which suit it is, usually it's best to go for one you have the least cards of. For example, if I have 2 hearts, 5 clubs, 4 diamonds and 2 low spades, I will want the opportunity to use those two low spades while everyone else is still using their regular suits. A 2 of spades can be powerful if you use it early in the game. Keep this in mind when bidding as well.
Because you aren't allowed to communicate with your partner verbally, you must pay attention to their style of play and \"pick up what they are putting down\" (figuratively of course). If they lead with a low card, they are letting you know that they aren't strong in that suit, and hoping for you to pick up the slack. You can communicate back via the game putting down a low card yourself and signifying that you too are weak in that suit. This is just one example, but knowing your partner's style in all aspects can be make or break in the game of spades.
A common variant rule, borrowed from Hearts, is that a player may not lead spades until a spade has been played to trump another trick. This prevents a player who is \"long\" in spades (having a large number of them) from leading spades one after the other at the beginning of the hand to deplete them and thus prevent other players using them as trumps. The act of playing the first spade in a hand is known as \"breaking spades\", derived from its parent rule, \"breaking hearts\". When a player leads with a spade after spades has been broken, the other players must follow suit.
In the late 1920s during the Harlem Renaissance, \"spade\" began to evolve into code for a black person, according to Patricia T. O'Connor and Stewart Kellerman's book Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language. The Oxford English Dictionary says the first appearance of the word spade as a reference to blackness was in Claude McKay's 1928 novel Home to Harlem, which was notable for its depictions of street life in Harlem in the 1920s. \"Jake is such a fool spade,\" wrote McKay. \"Don't know how to handle the womens.\" Fellow Harlem Renaissance writer Wallace Thurman then used the word in his novel The Blacker The Berry: A Novel of Negro Life, a widely read and notable work that explored prejudice within the African-American community. \"Wonder where all the spades keep themselves\" one of Thurman's characters asks. It was also in the 1920s that the \"spade\" in question began to refer to the spade found on playing cards.
The word would change further in the years to come. Eventually, the phrase \"black as the ace of spades\" also became widely used, further strengthening the association between spades and playing cards.
As with many other racialized terms, there were efforts to reclaim the word after it had become a slur. Four years after Malcolm X was killed in 1965, poet Ted Joans eulogized him in his poem \"My Ace of Spades.\" The artist David Hammons also explored the negative connotations to the word in his 1973 sculpture \"Spade With Chains.\" Hammons once told an interviewer that he began to incorporate spades into his work because \"I was called a spade once, and I didn't know what it meant ... so I took the shape and started painting it.\" And a character in 2009's Black Dynamite (a spoof of the blaxploitation films of the 1970s) tells a rival that he's \"blacker than the ace of spades and more militant than you.\"
Hammons used spades or shovels as a central component in much of his art from the 1970s, including his two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and performance works, in which the gardening tool represents the deprecating term spade, a common racial slur. In doing so, he also represents his own racial identity as a black male who remembers being referred to by this offensive term. By exploring this symbolic allusion in his sculptures, Hammons directly confronts the use of such language, displaying his commitment to racial reform in America and to the civil rights movement.
Dennis J Barmore, who used to run a mailing list for information about Spades, Bid Whist and Pinochle clubs and tournaments in the USA, contributed the following description of a variant which is widely played by African Americans. The rules are as in basic spades (above), but with the following differences:
Christian A. Baxter contributed the following variation, which is popular in New York City. Two jokers are included and the 2 and 2 are removed from the deck. The rank of trumps from high to low is: big (red) joker, small (black) joker, 2, 2, A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3.Note that for the purpose of following suit, the jokers and the two of diamonds count as spades.
In some versions of Spades, some or all of the four twos are elevated to the top of the spade suit, are ranked in some specified order, and are considered to be spades. The rest of the cards rank as in normal.
Some play that in the first deal of a spades game there is no bidding. The cards are played in the usual way and each team scores 10 points for each trick taken. This does not seem to be a very good rule - it reduces the scope for skill without any compensating advantage - but Jeffrey Jacobs reports that some people like to play this way.
On the first trick, some require that everyone must play their lowest club. A player who has no clubs must discard a diamond or a heart. No spades may be played to the trick. In this variation, on this first trick it does not matter much in what order the four players play their cards - but if you want to be fussy then the holder of the 2 of clubs should lead, and the others play in clockwise order. The trick is won by the highest club played.
Some people play that there is a special card which cancels one sandbag on that hand for the side that takes it in their tricks. If the side which wins the special card makes no overtricks, or loses their bid, the special card has no effect. The special card may be either a fixed card - for example the three of spades - or may be determined afresh by cutting a card before each deal.
Playing with aces: Michael Mitchell reports a variation in which a partnership scores a 100 point bonus for holding all four aces and bringing them all home in tricks, provided that they announce this before the play. A player who holds all four aces can simply announce it. A player with three aces can ask partner: \"can we go aces\" and if holding the fourth ace the partner can say \"yes\". Holding only two aces the player asks instead: \"is it possible to go aces\" and partner can reply \"yes\" if holding the other two. These announcements may be made at any time before the start of play - before, during or after the bidding. There is no penalty for a team that announces four aces but fails to win them all. This variant is normally played without nil bids, and with both jokers and the two of spades ranking as highest trumps above the ace of spades, so that the spade ace is not a certain trick.
The player who wins a trick leads the next. The other two players must play a card of the suit led, or if either player has none of that suit, take with a spade or refuse with a non-spade. If neither of the other players has a card of the suit led and both play a spade then the higher spade wins. A player may not lead a spade until a spade has been used to take another trick led by a non spade. The exception is when a player has nothing left in hand but spades.
If you win an unbroken sequence of tricks at the end (2, 3, 4 or more tricks), all with high spades (9 or above), and get exactly what you bet, there is a similar bonus of 10 points per trick (for example if you took the last 5 tricks with high spades to make your bet the bonus would be 50).
There is no bonus for winning the last tricks with non-spades or low spades. A bonus is not awarded to a player who \"gets lucky\" at the end by winning the last trick with a 4 of diamonds, for instance. On the other hand, if a player has the Ace of Spades in his hand and waits until the end to play it, that is considered good play, and is rewarded.
The Ace of Spades, also called the Ace, is a modified Mariner-class transport ship captained by Rion Forge. The ship was named after the ace of spades playing card Rion's father used to attach to his left shoulder pauldron. 59ce067264