Learn the rules, front to back, and be the ace at the game of spades. … For making the contract (the number of tricks bid), the player scores 10 points for each. In Spades, all four players bid a number of tricks. Each team adds together the bids of the two partners, and the total is the number of tricks that team must try to win in order to get a positive score. The bidding begins with the player to dealer’s left and continues clockwise around the table. Games are played to 500 points and the team with the highest score wins. The Deal. Spades is commonly played with a standard 52-card deck, 2 through Ace of each suit. Bidding. Following the deal, each player bids by declaring the number of tricks they believe they can take. Play. Scoring. The player to the dealer’s left bids first. Each player looks at his cards and bids, indicating a number of tricks. Partners’ bids are added; the sum is the number of tricks that partnership must win to score points. Any number from 0 (“Nil”) to 13 is a legal bid for each player.