Sunday Spades

Meet and greet at 4:45 and the playing begins at 5. Be sure to note in your RSVP if you will not be able to show up until later.

Get here earlier if you need to eat.

We normally sit between the bar and bathroom (well, we do) in groups of 4 or 6. Spades starts around the appointed time, with folks often arriving earlier and having dinner.

Don't worry if you're not very familiar with how to play; most of us are not very competitive and will often play a 'dummy round' to encourage newcomers. We also encourage tipping $2-3, each, after the game for the very patient servers.  We make a mess and try to take care of us.

There are many variations on the rules. There are regional variations, family/home styles, but we have to set a standard so we can get through the evening without too much wailing and gnashing of teeth. So...

Our rules:

Games are to 500 points. Teams of two bid how many tricks they will take. 10 points for each trick bid and made plus one point for each 'bag' but you lose 100 points if you take 10 bags.

Bidding 'nil' (0 tricks individually) will net you 100 points if you make it and -100 if you are 'set' (forced to take a trick). Bidding 'Blind nil' is allowed if your team is at least 200 points behind the next highest team. One player agrees to the bid and you and your partner may exchange two cards before bidding.

Table Talk: We try to discourage table talk., i.e. telling or hinting at what your partner should play or bid.  Discussion of strategy before you see your respective hands is fine; examples of such often include agreeing that it's more important to set your opponents than to make your bid or agreeing one of you will bid blindly.

Bidding 10 (as a team, often called "Ten for two" in four handed, but not six handed) is worth 200 points, but you have to state your intention to do so.

And you may not change your bid after the next player has bid.

Speaking of 6-handed, we have our own version played with two decks (minus the 2 of clubs or diamonds) that is a lot of fun.  So when only 6-people RSVP, never fear, all will play!  It is a very social game.  We will gladly explain the rules as needed.

 

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  • Roger

    I'm sorry I wasn't able to make it tonight. This weekend was jam packed which is unusual. I plan to go to the next one. Regards

    May 19, 2013

  • jennifer

    Anyone interested in going rum tour san leon may[masked] am $5 keep shot glass

    May 19, 2013

  • Roger

    We are here sitting near the largest TV

    May 19, 2013

  • jennifer

    Im here snyone here

    May 19, 2013

    • JoAnn

      I am on my way

      May 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm here. Orange shirt with gold chain. Don't see anyone playing cards

      May 19, 2013

  • LJ

    5:30-ish

    May 17, 2013

  • Roger

    It was really nice meeting all of you on Sunday! I had a very good time, and I really enjoyed it. I really got into the 6 handed Spades, and I'm looking forward to the next get together. If any of you ever want to play Spades on a Friday or Saturday night, let me know. I'm on the SE side, and I'll find a place over here or we could meet wherever. Thanks!

    April 30, 2013

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