Can You Call a Re-Deal in a Game of Spades If You Don’t Have Any Spades?

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It is possible for a player to call a “misdeal” if a dealt hand does not contain any spades. This request leads to the same dealer dealing out another hand to each player.

Spades is a card game that was invented in the United States during the 1930s. It is a type of plain-trick game in which spades are always used as trumps, which accounts for the game’s name. There are several variations of the game available across the globe, but the most popular version involves simple partnership-type gameplay. In this version of the game there are four players divided into teams of two. After the cards are dealt, each player bids a number of tricks that she can win. There is only 1 round of bidding, and after the end of the bidding round, the individual bids of the partners are combined. Then, each team must try to win the combined number of tricks. If one of the players is not dealt any spades, that player can either directly call a misdeal or consult with her partner prior to calling a misdeal. However, the consultation between the partners are very limited in scope, and the partner of the player who is deciding whether or not she should call a misdeal can only reply with “yes” or “no” and is not permitted to disclose any information about her hand. There is a variation in spades known as “solo” or “cutthroat spades” in which the players play for individual points. In this version of the game, calling in a misdeal depends entirely on the whim of the player.