The temperature at Panera fluctuates. One day cold, one day hot. Be prepared for either! It can get really crowded, and parking may take a few circles of the parking lot, be sure to plan for this!
We will be playing at Panera bread. There is a full menu and parking is in the strip mall. It can get crowded so be sure to get there early enough to allow for parking. If you intend to eat, please be sure to get done by the start time of 3pm. The tables are small so eating while playing is very difficult. The temperature is hit or miss, sometimes it is hot and sometimes it is really cold, bring a sweater:-)
#1. 10:00am - Players are partnered up as they arrive and seat themselves. This means if you get there early and there are odd numbers, you will get to play if you are at a table with 4 players!
#2. 11:15am - Players are partnered up by drawing cards. High cards of like suits partner and low cards of like suits partner. If there is an odd number of players, "out" cards are included in the draw and luck determines who sits out.
#3. 12:30 - Players choose their partners.
NOTE: most of our long standing members have regular partners. This game is competitive in nature (ie a pretty silent game) and is played to the score of 500 points without a time limit. Games 1 & 2 are played to either 500 points or 1 hour which ever comes first. The 3rd game is played to 500 or when the table concedes.
I would appreciate if everyone would remember to RSVP respectfully. Meaning don't change at the last minute, show up on time, and if you rsvp YES show up! Please remember 3 no shows and you are removed from the group! We understand and take into consideration that LIFE happens. However, no shows and late change rsvps should be the exception NOT the rule. No one likes to sit out and wait for a game ;-)
*please remember to show up early to eat
*please be respectful and thoughtful of fellow members time and effort, show up on time and be ready to play!
*please remember good sportsmanship conduct
STYLE OF PLAY We play the "modern" game of spades as opposed to the classic game. Classic being with jokers, 2 high, board of 4, blind/double nil, negotiated bidding, bump ups etc... The Modern game is played straight suits, no jokers, no board, bidding starts to the left of the dealer and continues clockwise with no bump ups or negotiating. We play with bags. Meaning, after you have 10 bags you go back 100 points in score. Bags being tricks taken above and beyond your bid. You can bid nil, making 100 points if you take no tricks and minus 100 for taking a trick. There are no blind/double nils. Spades cannot be played until they are broken. Our group adheres to a more strict view on sportsmanlike conduct. This means we frown upon table talk, verbal cues, or smack talk.