Spadster

Bidding tips based on statistics

Bidding the Queen

It is generally not a good idea to bid your non-spade queens.

Bidding the King

biddingYour King is not likely to ride if you have six cards in that suit. First throw = four cards, second throw = eight cards, and so on. But you are already holding so many of them in your own hand. If you have to bid the king in this situation, make sure your partner is not nil and that you have a strong enough hand to have a fall back trick.

Bidding high spades

Ace, King and Queen of spades are pretty much guaranteed books. Jack or Spade is riskier, but will normally book.

Bidding nil

  • It is generally not a good idea to bid nil if you have five or more spades in your hand.
  • If you have four spades, it may be a good idea to bid nil if you have no card in your hand that is Jack or higher.
  • It is very risky to bid nil if you have K, or Q, or J-10 / J-9 / 10-9-8 in spades. Sometimes, bidding nil with just a Queen of spades is the right way to go, but you need to evaluate the situation carefully.
  • It is not advisable to bid nil if you have only Qeen, Jack, Ten in one suit. You might give it a try if you are void of suit or have one card in an offsuit that you plan on tossing early on, but it is risky.
  • It is of course not recommended to bid nil when you have the lone Ace or King or any suit.
  • If you have the King + one other card of the same suit, it is not recommended to bid nil even if the other card is very low.
  • If you have Ace + low card + low card of the same suit, it is generally not a good idea to bid nil unless you estimate that your chance of throwing off the ace on a very short suit is very high.
  • If you have King + low card + low card of the same suit, it is best to avoid bidding nil unless very specific circumstances call for it.
  • If you have Ace + three low cards of the same suit, bidding nil can be a good idea, but evaluate your situation carefully before deciding.
  • If you have King + three low cards of the same suit, bidding nil can be a good idea, but evaluate your situation carefully before deciding.
  • If you have a balanced hand, be wary of bidding nil without very low cards in a suite.