How to Play Spades : Bidding Strategies in Spades
We’ve touched on the subject on bidding on
many occasions and throughout this particular series, and it’s really emphasized in the
book and good partners will tell you about why the proper bid makes the optimal result.
For example if you’re underbidding the hand consistently you will accumulate overtures,
you will accumulate bags. The bag is the unit in the game that results in losing one-hundred
points when you accumulate ten bags. When you play on the computer, when you play anywhere.
The computer automatically tracks the bags for you, once you get to nine bags you’re
at the risk of losing one-hundred points. Now, very good players will maneuver the hand
to try to make sure that you take an extra trick that you weren’t expecting. Now it’s
very frustrating when your side wins a trick with a seven or an eight that you didn’t expect.
You certainly weren’t going to bid it, so they’ll try to throw that extra trick your
way. They’ll try to underbid themselves to try to give you an extra trick so the penalty
for bags is one-hundred points. However, it’s much better to bag out than it is to get set.
Now that brings us to the other side of this, and that is if you overbid, if you are aggressively
bidding, if you are over stretching hands that have queen and two small expecting to
take a trick there, maybe in trump it’s okay, then you are going to get set. That is the
most grievous penalty that can happen to you. If you have an eight bid or a nine bid on
the table and you get set. Let’s suppose that you’re at two-hundred points, and we’ll demonstrate
it on the scoreboard here. You have a score of two-hundred points and your side has bid
eight. Maybe you’ve overbid your hand a little bit, okay you could have bid seven, comfortably
between it. Your partners bid three, you decide to bid four, I mean five because you think,
well that king might get in.