Spades is a trick-taking game for four players. The players are divided into two teams. Each player is partnered with the player sitting opposite of them.
You (brown monkey) and your computer-bot partner (yellow bird) are one team. The second team consists of the two other computer bots (blue otter and red fox).
The highest card ranking is Ace and the lowest is 2. Spades are always the trump suit. This means any spade card beats any non-spade card of any rank.
In the game of spades, there are several rounds. Every round is divided into two steps: bidding and playing.
The playing step of each round consists of 13 turns (also called "tricks").
The first player is chosen at random.
After the cards are dealt, every player looks at their cards and announces the number of tricks they think they can win - this is called "bidding". The first player to bid in the first round is chosen randomly. In the next rounds, the turn to bid first rotates clockwise. Once made, bids cannot be changed.
The goal of the game is for each team to win the combined number of tricks they bid on.
"Nil bid" is a bid of 0 tricks. A player that bids Nil declares they will not win any tricks during the round. There is an extra bonus for a successful Nil bid and a penalty for a failed Nil. The team still needs to win the number of tricks Nil's partner bid on. If the Nil bidder takes at least one trick, the Nil bid fails.
After the bidding, the round begins. There are 13 tricks in every round. The first player to bid begins the round and can play any card except a spade. The players play in turns, in a clockwise direction. Each player must play a card of the same suit as the first player, if they have a card of this suit. If a player doesn't have a card of the leading suit, they can play a card of any suit, including spades.
After the first spade card is played, the spades are "broken". A player can lead spades only after the spades are broken unless all the cards they have left are spades.
If a spade was played during a trick, the player that played the highest spade wins the trick. If no spades were played during a trick, the player that played the highest card of the leading suit wins the trick. The player that wins a trick leads the next one.
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