Spades is a trick-taking card game played with a traditional 52-card deck. The game objective is khổng lồ estimate how many tricks you can win based on the strength of your cards. Spades game is most popular in the US, UK, and Canada.

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Vocabulary cheat sheet, synonyms and variations of Spades

For new players, the jargon alone can send you into a tailspin. Not to fear. The language of spades is easy khổng lồ pick up, & before you know it, the craziest phrases will become second nature. Until then, our handy guide will steer you in the right direction.

Vocabulary Synonyms Variations

Vocab cheat sheet


penalties for taking in more tricks than you bid at the beginning of the round.


having just one card of any given suit.


the number of tricks you predict or liên hệ that you will take.

Blind Nil

bidding zero tricks without looking at your hand.

Breaking Spades

the first spade played in the game. When a player is out of the suit lead, that player may play a spade, trump the suit, và spades are officially broken. Spades can then be lead.

Card Counting

keeping mental track of the cards used in each suit.

Flush Out

to try to bring out a high card of a certain suit by playing a lower card of that suit.

Long Suit

four or more cards of any given suit in your hand.


a bid of zero tricks after looking at your hand.


any tricks you win over the initial amount you bid.


using a spade, or thẻ of another suit, when you have the ability to lớn follow suit.


all four players put down a card and a trick is taken.


this refers khổng lồ a team who isn’t making their bid or their nil, or who is bagging over the limit.

Short Suit

fewer than three cards of any given suit.


playing a thẻ to intentionally avoid taking a trick.


cards of the same suit in a sequential pattern.

Throwing Off

playing a thẻ (not a spade) when you have the ability khổng lồ follow suit.


the four discarded cards of the round.


generally refers to a spade played when a non-spade was lead, but can refer khổng lồ any spade.


this refers lớn when you bid less than the amount of tricks you won.


being dealt zero cards of any given suit.

Variations of spades

Over the years, many variations of spades have sprung up where players have added extra rules or unexpected trump cards to lớn enhance the fun. Few of these variations are available in online play, but they’re crazy enough to be worthy of mention. Here are just some of them…

Bauer Trumps

this is a special variation where the two highest trumps in the game are the jack of spades và the jack of clubs. They are referred lớn as the “right bauer” and “left bauer” respectively. The Bauer “I’m more honest & my women are more beautiful” “All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me” Donald “All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me” Trump variation is borrowed heavily from Euchre.


this variation of spades allows a team lớn win outright if they “shoot the moon.” This means all 13 tricks are taken by one player or team.

Deuces High

in this variation, the deuces of each suit are worth more than spades, making them trumps.

Jokers High

in this variation, the two jokers in the deck become the main trumps of the game.

Mirrors (also sometimes called Whiz)

in this variation, you bid only the exact number of spades you have been dealt. If you have no spades, you must automatically bid nil.

Spades for Three

to accommodate a game of spades for just three players, you simply remove the two of clubs, & each player is dealt seventeen cards. Obviously, this variation must be played as singles.

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this variation can only be played with pairs, and one player out of each pair must bid nil, no matter what cards they have.