Canasis Spades
Welcome to Canasis Spades. At the center of fun™ for spades. Download here.

A spades card game with full sized cards, full scoring charts and game stats. 2, 3 or 4 players can play. With literally thousands of rule variations, you can play many builtin popular styles or customize your own rules without having to download separate games.

 Rule Options Chart
You do not have to customize your rules, we have many "point and click" styles of spades rules so no experience needed. However, if you choose to customize the rules to your needs, here is a quick chart to help you with the many styles of spades we have.

RULE OPTIONS Traditional  Modern 
Suicide  Expert  Afro
Dealing Rules
Jokers included in deck N N N N Yes
    Remove two of clubs and hearts from deck N N N N Yes
Two of spades is higher than ace N N N N Yes
Bidding Rules
Bidding team by team around the table Yes N N Yes Yes
Regular bids must match number of spades in hand N N N N N
Double nil bonuses (everyone bids nil) Yes N N Yes N
Suicide (must have at least 1 nil bid) N N Yes N N
10 for 200 bidding: 200 points for exactly 10 tricks N N N Yes N
Moon bonus for all 13 tricks N N N Yes N
Bidding for exact number of tricks 1 to 12
Blind Bidding Rules
Must be how far behind (losing) to bid blind nil 100 0 0 100
Blind bidding for minimum number of tricks 7 to 12 7 to 12
Blind bidding for exact number of tricks 1 to 12
Card Exchanging Rules
Cards exchanged for nil bids 0 0 0 0
Cards exchanged for blind nil bids 2 0 0 1
Cards exchanged for double nil bids 2 2
Cards exchanged for blind moon/exact bids 2
Scoring Rules
Game goes up to 500 500 500 750 500
Points per overtrick (sandbag) 1 1 1 1 1
Overtricks per trip 10 10 10 10 10
Penalty per trip -100 -100 -100 -100 -100
Points for nil bid 50 100 100 50
Points for blind nil 100 200 200 100
Penalty for failed blind or double nil bids cut in half N N N N N
Tricks from failed nil bids count for partner's bid N Yes Yes N N
Forced Move Rules
Can not lead spades until spades "broken" Yes Yes Yes Yes N
Must trump if possible N N N N N
Always allowed to trump after someone else trumps N N N N N
Rake'em and shake'em N N N N Yes

 Scoring Charts
A quick chart to help you see how many points each kind of bid is worth. Remember that most of these rules can be changed or turned on/off. This chart is based on the total bid per team, except for the Nil bids which are individual bids seperate from the team bid.

Team Bid   Normal   Exact   Blind   Blind  
& Exact  
Cards exchanged N N Yes Yes
Nil 50 or 100 double
Double nil bonuses 250 or 500
(nil x 5)
500 or 1000
(b-nil x 5)
1 10 double double
2 20 double double
3 30 double double
4 40 double double
5 50 double double
6 60 double double double
7 70 double double double
8 80 double double double
9 90 double double double
10 100 double double double
11 110 double double double
12 120 double double double
13 (Moon) 130 or 200 double

The below chart shows bids where you must be behind (losing) by a certain amount before you can do the bid. Some of these options are can be customized.

Bid   Must Be Losing By  
Nil n/a
Blind nil usually 0 or 100
Double nil (bonus rule off) n/a
Double nil (bonus rule on) 200 or 40% of game end (whichever is more)

 Upcoming Features
The below features are on our spades todo list but we do not know for sure if or when they will be finished.
  • you tell us what we need to do...
Got any suggestions? Email us. We like to hear from you.
 Helping Out
MPI is pleased to announce that spades has been released to the public in the December 2003 version of Canasis. So far it appears to be running very smoothly according to several experienced spades players. If you find any mistakes, problems, or rule options that need to be added please contact us.

If you are a spades fan, we ask that you help spread the word about our new spades by setting your Messenger status message to "spades at". Thank you to everyone who does this.
  • bid: number of points a player must try to score
  • lead: first card played to start a trick or obligation play
  • rank: highest to lowest card (2, 3, 4, 5..)
  • suit: spades, hearts, diamonds, clubs
  • trump: highest ranking suit (always spades)

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