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Can you trump the first trick in Spades?

No trumping the first trick is definitely a house rule, insofar as rules for the game actually exist (there are no official ones). It's hard to say exactly how common it is; for what it's worth I ...
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In spades, is a deuce of clubs considered a spade?

The deuce of club and hearts do not considered a spade in the standard game, however there are variants where they do. From Pagat: In some versions of Spades, some or all of the four twos are ...
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Spades rules on trumping in after spades are broken

As in most traditional trick-taking games, a player must follow suit if able. Breaking spades only allows a player to lead spades, i.e. to play a spade as the first card of a trick. Players can only ...
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Bridge guide for experienced Spades player?

The two games have some similarities. But they have a lot of differences too. Spades is a lot simpler, and so going from Bridge to Spades is relatively easy. Going from Spades to Bridge, well you're ...
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How important is it to avoid bagging out in Spades?

What's the alternative to bagging out? If you over bid, you risk losing the number of points of your bid. If you under bid, you have a good chance of making your bid, and any bags are effectively ...
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Simplest finesses in Spades?

The smaller amount of information in Spades means it is hard to purposefully start a finesse, but you can still easily continue one if it is started by accident. For example, your partner happens to ...
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How important is it to avoid bagging out in Spades?

In general, you are better off bidding accurately or 1 books under so you can make your bid and get positive points (rather than getting set and taking negative points). So yes, in general some small ...
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Leading Aces in the game of Spades

It depends on a lot of context whether leading an Ace is a good idea. When to lead an Ace: Leading an ace when you have strong control of the suit is good. For example, leading from A-K or a bare ...
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Can you trump the first trick in Spades?

No trumping the first trick is an unpopular and bad house rule. A strong indication that this rule is not popular can be found in the big online Spades sites that do not offer this house rule: ...
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Bridge guide for experienced Spades player?

You may find the jump from Spades to Contract Bridge much larger than you expect. However the popularity of (generic) Bridge pre-dates the invention of Contract Bridge by Harold Stirling Vanderbilt in ...
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Is it ok to show my cards when I know I I’m the only one with spades left

The rules (in most spades rulesets) prohibit showing your cards, yes. That said, what you describe is a pretty common practice in friendly games, as (as you note) the rest of the hand's play is ...
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In Spades, what is the meaning of a high/low sum of bids?

A low/high sum of bids can mean anything. The sum of 4,4,4,3 is the same as 1,1,1,12 (exaggeration), but those two mean completely different things. Instead of looking at the sum of the bids, you ...
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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?

TLDR: The probability is about 8%. Distribution of diamonds for any deal With no restrictions at all then dealing a pack between four hands results in the following probabilities for distributions ...
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In Spades, who wins if both partnerships reach more than 500?

The partnership that have more points. That is the partnership that scored 505. The 1 points per overtrick is a real point, not just an indicator of bags. From Pagat: The side which reaches 500 ...
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Is there such a thing a 3 possible in Spades?

The possible trick winners of this hand are the three Kings and the short ♣'s which allows a 3rd trick ruff/cut. Having only two spades is a weakness. It means that there is a higher probability an ...
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Spades - Strategy for Nil Vs. Nil round

Some of the strategy will depend on the bids of the non-nil players. In Suicide Spades, the non-nil players must have each bid at least 4, but that could still be anything between 4 and 13. A bid of ...
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Spades - how to bid my spades suit?

Your method of adding [Spade-Length] - 3.5 seems reasonable, except I would halve that whenever partner has already made a bid of 4 or higher. Any bid in excess of 3 is very likely to include Spade ...
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How do you score failed nil bids?

Given that there isn't exactly a single set of "official rules" for Spades, I would say that there two valid answers: 1) Tricks collected by a set (failed) NIL bid count as tricks for the partner, at ...
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How should I teach someone new to spades how to bid?

Turn them loose with a computer simulation at first so they can get lots of hands in. Only after seeing the general structure of play will they understand what to even consider when bidding. I ...
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Can you trump the first trick in Spades?

I have never heard of the "No trump on first trick" rule. I've heard that you can't lead with spades until they've been broken (trumping someone else's trick). Can you? Have to agree with Jefromi's ...
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in Spades, playing King over Queen

You got had! Nice play by your opponent (South). Terminology: A finesse is the play of a lower card than the highest held - in an attempt to create an extra trick - by the third hand playing to the ...
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In Spades, what to lead from {Ace,King,...}

Spades and Contract Bridge share most of the same mechanics as far as play of the cards are concerned, and this has long been a matter of disagreement between experts. Also, the style of playing from ...
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Can you trump the first trick in Spades?

Typically, both in Spades and Hearts, I've seen the "no trump on first trick" rule used if and only if the "must lead Clubs on first trick" rule is in place. This keeps wisacres from setting up a ...
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What card should I play when my partner has bid nil and I can't follow suit but do have Spades?

It depends. Have you and the opponents bid for most or all of the tricks? If so then your left hand opponent (LHO) will probably not let the trick go by for fear of going down themselves. If not, and ...
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How should I teach someone new to spades how to bid?

If you are playing with a regular partner, you may introduce some conventions. This includes things like underbidding in front of partner and expecting them to adjust for it. Many players I see ...
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When to lead a spade?

In a nice spades strategy guide (written by Buckey) the situations to lead spades are the following: Your partner has their bid or you can cover their bid. You know your partner bid high spades. Not ...
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What card game is this? Similar to spades

Sounds like Cassino (also called Casino according to Wikipedia).
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What if every suit were trump, and partners hated each other?

The play would be a lot less strategic than at Spades, because it won't be possible to draw trump, and it certainly won't be possible to draw trump and then run a side suit. This is one major ...
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Is bidding nil while holding the Queen of spade reasonable?

Your proposed hand is an excellent hand to bid nil. Because literally the only issue is with the Q♠ I'd try for it whenever partner bids does not also bid nil and your team doesn't have a huge lead ...
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Is it ok to show my cards when I know I I’m the only one with spades left

This procedure, called Claiming or Conceding as the case may be, is common in Contract Bridge (both Rubber and Tournament). However it is also error prone for beginners and can be used unethically by ...
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