Spades House Rules
1. Four players to a game (2 sets of partners). We usually rotate between games but if there is someone you prefer to be partners with, no problem. You get 10 points for each trick you take that you bid. If you don't make your bid, you lose 10 points per trick bid. If you take more than you bid, you get a bag for each trick you take over your bid (see #5). Examples:
- You bid 6, you take 6 - you get 60 points.
- You bid 6, you take 7 - you get 60 points and 1 bag.
- You bid 6, you take 5 - you get minus 60 points.
2. There is no board (no minimum bid for each team). The bid is a team bid - so as a team you have to take your bid number of tricks regardless of what each person bid. We do bid the first hand each game. No blind bidding.
3. We play with a standard 52 card deck, Aces are high, 2's are low, spades are trump. There are no jokers.
4. No passing cards. Play with what you are dealt.
5. We play with bags. For each trick you take over what you bid, you get 1 bag. Once you get to 10 bags, you lose 100 points.
6. You cannot lead a trump (spade) until spades has been broken on a previous hand. (Unless of course all you have left is spades)
7. We play with nil. If you bid nil you are saying you will take zero tricks. If you make your nil - you get 100 points. If you don't make your nil - you get minus 100 points. Any tricks you take if you bid nil do not count towards your partners bid and are counted as bags against your team. No blind nil or blind bidding.