Spades with Jokers

In Spades with Jokers, two to five people can play as individuals or four in two partnerships.

How to play: Spades with Jokers

The rules below are for four individual players. The changes required for other player arrangements are presented later.

The Pack

The standard 52-card pack is used. Two jokers are added, the "Big Joker" and "Little Joker"  or  the "Full-Color Joker" and the "One-Color Joker."

Rank of Suits

The Spade suit is always trump.

Rank of Cards

Joker, A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.

Object of the Game

To win at least the number of tricks bid.

When the two jokers are used, they are the highest-ranking trump cards. The spade suit is comprised of 15 cards: the Big Joker (Full-Color Joker) outranks the Little Joker (One-Color Joker), which outranks the ace of spades. For the two- and four-player games, the deuces of clubs and diamonds should be removed; for the five-player game, all four deuces should be removed; and for the three-player game, no cards are removed, as 18 cards are dealt to each person and there are 18 tricks.

The Deal

The first dealer is chosen by a draw for high card, and thereafter the turn to deal proceeds clockwise. The entire deck is dealt one at a time; face down, beginning on the dealer's left. The players then pick up their cards and arrange them by suits.

The Bidding

Each player decides how many tricks he will be able to take. The player to the dealer's left starts the bidding and, in turn, each player states how many tricks he expects to win. There is only one round of bidding, and the minimum bid is One. Every player must make a bid; no player may pass. No suit is named in the bid, for as the name of the game implies, spades are always trump.

The Play

The game is scored by hands, and the winner must make a certain number of points that is decided before the game begins. Five hundred points is common, but 200 points is suitable for a short game. The player on the dealer's left makes the opening lead, and players must follow suit, if possible. If a player cannot follow suit, he may play a trump or discard. The trick is won by the player who plays the highest trump or if no trump was played, the player who played the highest card in the suit led. The player who wins the trick leads next. Play continues until none of the players have any cards left. Each hand is worth 13 tricks. Spades cannot be led unless played previously or player to lead has nothing but Spades in his hand.

How to Keep Score

For making the contract (the number of tricks bid), the player scores 10 points for each trick bid, plus 1 point for each overtrick.

For example, if the player's bid is Seven and he makes seven tricks, the score would be 70. If the bid was Five and the player won eight tricks, the score would be 53 points: 50 points for the bid, and 3 points for the three overtricks. (In some games, overtricks are called "bags" and a deduction of 100 points is made each time a player accumulates 10 bags. Thus, the object is always to fulfill the bid exactly.)

If the player "breaks contract," that is, if he takes fewer than the number of tricks bid, the score is 0. For example, if a player bids Four and wins only three tricks, no points are awarded. One of the players is the scorer and writes the bids down, so that during the play and for the scoring afterward, this information will be available to all the players. When a hand is over, the scores should be recorded next to the bids, and a running score should be kept so that players can readily see each other's total points. If there is a tie, then all players participate in one more round of play.

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Comments(9)

  • Which joker is the bi joker?

  • As a spades player I would like two correct you guys on two 1) in 2-4 man spades you take out the 2 of clubs and the 2 of hearts, 2) in the rank of cards the 2 of spades and diamonds is higher than the ace if spades and lower then the jokers, and one more thing you can add is if you play in a partnership and you and your partner think you have all four aces you can call “ace check” and everyone with aces has to put thee aces on the table, if you and your partner have all four aces you have to make them pull tricks,if they all win a trick you get plus 100 points, you can also get ace check if in 2-4 man you have all 4 aces and make them walk

  • Does anybody know if there is a penalty for breaking trump if you have other cards in your hand and trump hasn’t been broken yet?

    • The penalty? Actually, there’s no penalty other than making one up for him or her who led with Trumps even though they were supposed to have led with another suit.
      Spades cannot be led unless played previously or player to lead has nothing but Spades in his hand.

      So, there you go Peggy. If a person leads with Spades and but have other cards to have led with, basically they are cheating. Thus, whatever penalty is decided by the players to be leveled against that cheating player, is to be determined.

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