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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 elevated to the top of the spade suit, are ranked in some specified order, and are considered to be spades. The rest of the cards rank as in normal. For example, in ...


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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 lead small and first opponent plays small, and you are holding the AQ. You can now play the Q and hope that the K is not in the remaining opponent's hand. In ...


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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 opponent has a long ♠ suit. The game of Spades encourage conservative bids since an overtrick (bag) results in a smaller loss compared to an undertrick. I would ...


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Finesses are all about considering the risk. In the example Benjamin notes, where partner plays low, right-hand opponent (RHO) plays low, and you hold AQ, you have a choice. You can play Q, which has a 67% chance of winning (with no other information), or you can play A, which has a 100% chance of winning but promotes the opponents' K to a trick 33% of the ...


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I think this completes the other answers, implementing the idea into actions. Indirect Finesses are when partner plays a non-honor card towards your tenace. They also sometimes occur when you are second to play in the trick. You will be the one to win the trick if successful. AQ, AQJ, AQJ10 - 50% chance to score all tricks. 50% chance to score all but one ...


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Like any game, Spades has a lot of variations. Long unnecessary story short, I've moved A LOT. 48 states, 6 provinces, dozens of cities in Mexico... I like to play cards, it seems to dissolve borders. Anyway... When I learned to play as a kid in Syracuse NY. Rank of cards from highest to lowest was: Big Joker, Little Joker, 2 H, 2 C, 2 D, 2 S, A S, --- 3 S. ...


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Found a nice answer in a Reddit thread by byu/DiscreteMelody Many of these leading conventions are borrowed from Bridge, and for great reason - they work. Even though half of the cards are known in Bridge, we can still convey a great deal of information to partner on our leads. The following leading conventions are commonly used when the aim is to maximize ...


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Bags are, on average, worth not quite -10 points. They're positive points until you get 10, and unless you get an exact multiple of 10, not all of them are turning negative. Also, it's important to keep in mind that this is the average. Later in the game, you can look at the situation to better judge how dangerous bags are. If you're close to winning and don'...


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Q432♠ can be bid as 2 tricks depending what seat you are in. If someone bids 4 or 5 tricks good chance they have 4 or more spades, then I would count Q432♠ as one trick. If you are in fourth seat and the bids are 3,4,2 and your partner bid 4, then count two tricks. You partner is not going to trump your Q♠ and your fourth spade will most likely be a trick. ...


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