SPADES TOURNAMENT: Buckhorn Masonic Lodge #354

Buckhorn Masonic Lodge #354 presents...
DATE: Saturday, February 25, 2023
TIME: Starts at 10am
CASH PRIZES: Cash amount prizes will be announced after the FEBRUARY 18TH DEADLINE. 
COST TO PARTICIPATE: $25 per person to enter the tournament
TO REGISTER: 850-524-1316
LOCATION: Palaver Tree Theater / 59 Shadeville Road / Crawfordville, Fl 32327
  1. Teams consist of two players.
  2. Game goes to 350.
  3. The highest card flipped over determines first dealer.
  4. Dealer must offer the player to his / her / their right, the opportunity to cut the cards after they are shuffled and before they are dealt.
  5. A misdeal can be called for one of the following reasons:
    1. Player was not dealt exactly 13 cards
    2. Player does not have any spades and does not have any face cards
  6. The first hand bids itself
  7. If a team fails to win at least 4 books on the first hand, they automatically lose the game.
  8. After the first hand is played, the non-dealing team must bid first.
  9. The minimum bid per team is 4.
  10. “Gentleman’s Bid” – Total bids for both teams combined must equal 11 or more. A total bid of 10 or less will require all players to “throw in” their hands to start a new deal. No points are awarded for a “thrown in” hand.
  11. “Blind”, “Nil” or “Nine” bids are not allowed.
  12. Table Talk or providing hints to a partner is strictly prohibited.
  13. A player cannot lead with a spade until spades have been broken.
  14. The highest card is the Big Joker, then the Little Joker, Deuce of Spades, Ace of Spades, etc.
  15. The Deuce of Diamonds and the Deuce of Hearts are to be removed from the deck before the game begins.
  16. Once a card is played, it cannot be picked up. “A Card Laid is A Card Played.”
  17. Scoring:
    1. 1 book = 10 pts​
    2. Bidding and Winning 10 to 13 books = 200 pts
    3. Not making the “O” (a bid of 10 books) = Minus 100 pts
    4. Not reaching a team bid (set) = Minus (number of bidded books) x 10 pts
    5. Reneging = Subtract 3 books from the total books won. If the number of books remaining is less than the number of books bidded, the team is set and must score accordingly.
    6. “Bags” are not to be included in the scoring. This is a “No Overs” game.