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$2,000 Grand Prize

spades tournament challenge

February 28 -29, 2020

Charlotte Convention Center

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Early Bird ended on 12/31

CIAA spades tournament challenge

CIAA Spades Tournament Challenge  is an ultra-competitive Spades tournament bringing the top spades teams head-to-head in a battle of skill, wit and strategy. Register today to join over 200 teams compete in winner-takes-all challenge to win the  $2,000 Grand Prize and see who really runs the tables.

CIAA Spades Tournament Rules & Regulations

event & table rules

  • No food allowed at, around or on the playing table when a game is in process. Drinks are allowed.

  • One break per player is allowed. Players can leave table with approval of all current players. There are scheduled breaks during the tournament. Please refer to tournament agenda for times and details.

  • There are no cell phones, video or audio recording devices allowed at tables.

  • Only players and/or authorized tournament staff are allowed at the playing tables during tournament play.

  • Table talk is defined as general conversation or chatter unrelated to identifying cards in your, your partners' and/or opponents hand.

  • Game talk is defined as any comments between players, related to the cards and or game strategy during game play. If a player/team is accused of a foul, players can lose points in ranking and can be removed from the tournament.

  • No offensive, racist, sexist, and/or anti-cultural speech is allowed at the table and event. All players are expected to provide a safe and respectful environment.

  • Smoking is not allowed at the table or in the tournament venue.

tournament game play

  • Only Two-player teams are allowed. If your team should win a round, both players are required to continue play throughout the tournament.  One player can be designated as substitute only in absence of player at tournament or "special circumstances" in which a player is unable, incapable to play.

  • The ranks of the cards are Big Joker, Little Joker A, K, Q, J, 10-2

  • Misdeals are determined as when all 52 cards have not been evenly distributed during a deal. 

  • All playing card decks are pre-shuffled. Just grab a deck and deal.

  • Teams are allowed to lead off with Spades

  • Dealing responsibilities are shared by each player and passed clockwise. After each hand is played, the player to the left of the previous dealer will be next to deal

  • A trick deal is when all 52 cards are not distributed in the order in which the deck was provided by authorized tournament staff

  • ​All books are to be collected by the winning teams' scorekeeper. 

  • Each team will designate one scorekeeper for the complete duration of the tournament. The scorekeeper will be determined at registration.

  • There are 8-rounds of tournament play, Each round includes 5 hands. The team with the highest score after 5 complete hands will advance to the next round. 

  • In case of a draw after the final hand is played, there will be a 1-hand playoff with winner advancing to next round.

bidding & scoring

bonuses & penalties

  • Books, up to your bid, are scored in multiples of 10.
    Overs (additional books) are worth 1 point

  • If your team wins the books set in your bid, your score is calculated as 10x your bid

  •  Example 1)  Bid 6 / Won 6   Your score = 60 points

  • Example 2) Bid 6 / Won 7   Your score = 61 points  (60+1)

  • When a team fails to reach their bid, the score is minus and subtracted from the previous score

  • Example:  Bid 6 / Won 5   Your score = -60 points

  • Bids are recorded on the official Spade Wars scorecard. During game play, scorekeepers are to record team bids first, then scores are calculated after each hand is played 

  • Once your bid is set, it cannot be changed

cash/prize payouts

  • This  tournament offers a $2,000 cash prize to the winning team. The winning team will receive cash and/or prize valued up to $2,000. The cash out will be payed via gift card within 48-72 hours after the event.


  • There are no bonus points for bidding and winning 10 books
    (no "10-for-200").
    If you bid and win 10 books, you will receive 100 points only

  • There are no bonus points for "Top 5" or "Top 7"

  • There are no Blinds/ Nil Blinds

  • Teams who are caught reneging will have to surrender four (4) books to their opponent. The reneged book must be proven by the accusing team. If there is a dispute, the Tournament Game Manager will rule on the penalty

  • Sandbagging/Underbidding is not an acceptable bidding strategy. There is no penalty for underbidding, but you will be warned after the second instance. If the sandbagging strategy persist, you will forfeit four (4) of overs (extra books) to your opponent.

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