Theta Nu Omega's Spades Tournament
The Theta Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority invites you to come get your trump card on as we host the 2nd annual Spades Tournament. Set up tournament style with brackets where you and your partner will battle it out for a prize and top bragging rights! Come join us for a night of music, fellowship, food and fun!
When: Friday, January 13, 2016
Where: Chamberlin Hall, 2019 Lafayette St., Fort Myers 33901
Time: 6:00-9:00pm (card games will begin promptly at 6:15, teams must check-in by 5:55)
The entry fee is $30 per team (a team consists of two (2) people). Not a spades player? NO PROBLEM! Spectators welcome with a purchase of a $5 ticket in advance and $7 at the door. In addition there will be light snacks, food, & beverages for sale. This event is open to everyone so please invite your friends and family. Please Note: Registration ends and all money will be collected by, Wednesday January 11, 2016 for the Spades Tournament!
Please Note: Tournament Rules are listed Below!!
- The entry fee is $30 per team (a team consists of two (2) people).
- There will be a prize for the first place team.
- Spectators welcome with a purchase of a $5 ticket in advance and $7 at the door.
- Refreshments will be available for purchase.
- Registration ends Wednesday, January 11th (all monies are due).
Tournament Rules of Play for Spades
Rank of Cards
- A standard pack of 52 cards is used. The cards, in each suit, except spades rank from highest to lowest: A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3.
- Trump suit (SPADES) ranks: Big Joker, Small Joker, 2 of Diamonds, 2 of Spades A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3.
- The 2 of clubs and heart are not included in the game.
- Teams will be composed of 2 players who will sit directly across from each other when playing.
- This is a double elimination tournament.
- There will be a 30-minute time limit per match (designated as the stop time). Whoever has the highest score after 30 minutes or the first team to reach 300 points will be the winning team (whichever occurs first). If a hand is in progress at "stop" time, it will be played out and the results added to the score to determine a winner.
- Should there be a tie score at the end of 30 minutes, a one-hand overtime will be played. The team with the highest score after the hand is played will be declared the winner.
- The Dealer will deal all cards 13 to each player.
- Dealer must offer the player to his/her right, the opportunity to cut the cards after they are shuffled. The person designated to cut must perform a straight cut (no tricks) when cutting the cards.
- The first hand bids itself in the tournament. Each team must bid for all subsequent hands. Players must bid in order, starting with the player directly to the left of the dealer.
- “A card laid is a card played!” and cannot be picked up.
- No “table talk” or giving hints to a partner will be allowed.
- Misdeals can only be called when a player is not dealt exactly 13 cards.
- Spades can be played at any time.
- No playing out of turn allowed. The 1st time a player plays out of turn will result in a warning. The next time the penalty will result in a 3 book loss.
- In the event of a renege, the opposing team will receive the book in which the renege occurred and the 2 additional books.
- The team that gets 10 books on the first hand ONLY automatically wins the game and advances to the next round.
- If a bid of 10 is made, it is worth 200 points. If all 13 books are turned by one partnership, and that team has a positive score, the game is over (300 points).
- Board is considered 4 books. Your team cannot bid fewer than 4 books.
- Match winners are responsible for turning in the score sheet to the designated scorekeeper.
- The designated Judge must decide any protest or rule clarification before the next book is played.
- No “table talk” spoken or by gestures.
- No giving hints to a partner will be allowed.
- If cheating is suspected, please inform tournament judge. A penalty of 75 points will be assessed for the first violation. Tournament disqualification will be the result of a second cheating violation.