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### In Spades, what is the probability a suit is distributed in a way, given I hold n cards from that suit?

In Spades, (or any other trick taking game), when I hold n cards of a certain suit, what is the distribution of the other 13-n cards in that suit? In particular, what is the probability that ♦'s are ...
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### In Spades, what is the meaning of a high/low sum of bids?

In Spades, when playing with 4 competent players, the sum of the four bids on most rounds is about 11. However some rounds have a very high or low sum of bids, mostly due to rare hands distribution. ...
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### in Spades, what to lead from {Ace,King,…}

in Spades, when holding {AK} or {AKx...} is there a correct play of either the King or the Ace? Playing the King produce a problem that if your partner is void, she might think the RHO holds the Ace, ...
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### Is the Hand pattern probabilities equal to suit pattern probabilities?

In Spades, I wish to know the probability a certain suit is distributed in a particular way. For example I wish to know what is the probability that the diamonds are distributed either 4-4-4-1 or 5-4-...
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### When you take a trick, you *take* a trick

I played a hand of Hearts with someone who had not played cards in a while. When she took her first trick, she started to put the cards in her hand before remembering to put them down. That gave me ...
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### in Spades, when to bid such that the sum of bids equal 14?

In the game of Spades, sometimes I see a strong player bid such that the sum of bids is 14. This means that one of the contracts will be set. In what conditions this "complete-to-14" bid is a strong ...