Now, we’ve talked about how to play Spades. Let’s mention an exception to how you can bid as well as a common play that can probably start some heat between the players.
Nil And Blind Bids
Your hand shouldn't always have strong cards. Sometimes you will only see numbers, and it's almost certain you won't be getting any tricks.
In this case, you have the chance to bid nil which means you shouldn't be getting any tricks.
If you do, you lose 50 points, while if you earn zero books, you gain 50 points.
If you make that bid blindly (without checking your cards), the points earned or lost will be 100 instead.
Let’s imagine a player played the Ace of Diamonds, and the next player only had the King of Diamonds in their hand. This means if they played the king, they would lose a potential book that they had previously counted in their bid.
Reneging is to play a different shape than the one on the table despite having that shape in your hand, or even use a spade card to cut and get the book.
This is considered against the rules, and it could create some heated arguments between the players, so try to avoid that, but if you have to do it, don't get caught.