Learning how to count cards in Spades will help you and your partner make better decisions to what cards to play on your respective turns. Counting Cards in Spades is no where near as complicated as say Black Jack or Poker. The key to winning at Spades is paying attention to what you have in your hand, and being aware of how your opponents are playing. You should also be able to make rather educated guesses as to what your partner is holding as the game goes on. So, counting cards in Spades is basically just for being able to predict how many total books you and your partner will be able to get in a dealt hand. Here's the best way to learn how to count cards in Spades.
- The cards. In any hand of Spades, there are a total of 54 cards being played. The worth of the cards goes from the Ace of a suit being the highest, all the way down to the two card being the lowest. The cards in the Spades suite has the power to cut the cards in other suits. Say your opponent leads with a Jack of Clubs and you have no clubs. If you have spades, you can use them. Any one of those spades are worth more than any Club in the deck. Throwing down a Spade will in effect win your team the book, unless of course your opponents partner is out of clubs as well, in which case they have the opportunity to throw a higher spade than you, salvaging the book for their team. Note: If you don't have spades to cut with, then the suit that led is the most powerful of that particular book. So, you can't beat a Jack of Clubs with a Queen of Diamonds if the Club led.
- Your hand. The cards you hold in your hand can give you a clue of what cards others are holding. There are thirteen cards per suite, and a total of thirteen cards per hand per player. So, If you haves even Diamonds in your hands, you know three things about counting the Cards in this particular Spades hand. First of all, you know that there's only a total six more Diamonds left through the other three hands. Second, you can tell that someone will be cutting Diamond led books soon because you have the majority of them. Third, you only have six cards making up the three other suites in your hand, which could suck depending on the cards you have.
- Predicting. Before a particular hand begins, you're asked to bid on how many books you think you can get based on the cards you have. Here's where counting your cards in Spades is the most important. Say out of the Diamonds that you have you're lucky enough to have the Ace and King. You may be able to pull two books from those. But remember, there's a high chance someone will be cutting Diamonds soon. Say out of the other six cards you have left, you have a Jack and King of Spades, an Ace of Clubs and a King of Hearts. You could possibly get six books on your own, if you play the hand perfectly.
- Your partners bid. You can't forget your partners hand either. They'll be bidding as well. You'll have to take this into consideration too. You don't want to take books away from them by cutting their cards. Because of this, you may want to bid three or four giving you the ability to help your partner out in a jam and reducing the risk that you guys don't make your collective bidding of books.
- Your bid. Based on everything going on, you should be able to count the cards in Spades relatively well with little error. Until you get comfortable with the game, bid based on books you feel you can definitely get. Once you get the hang of the game and your counting of the cards in Spades improves, you can play less conservatively. Playing recklessly will risk you pissing your partner off if you can't get the books you predicted. You've been warned.