Scoring. If a team makes or exceeds their combined bid, they are awarded 10 points per bid. If the team exceeds their combined bid, 1 point is added for each trick over their bid. If a team collects 10 bags across hands, a penalty of 100 points is subtracted from their score.
The Bidding. In Spades, all four players bid a number of tricks. Each team adds together the bids of the two partners, and the total is the number of tricks that team must try to win in order to get a positive score. The bidding begins with the player to dealer’s left and continues clockwise around the table.
Scoring in a game of Spades follows a predictable path — but beware the sting in the tail that comes from going set, or from underbidding, and racking up the .
Deficient Ends The Game: If one team’s cumulative score is less than the negative of the winning score, that team has lost.
Learn the rules, front to back, and be the ace at the game of spades.