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who runs the table?

live spades tournaments

how to enter
  1. Register as a PLAYER or TEAM

  2. Select a Tournament Event

  3. Bring an old Playing Card Deck 

. Any player of any skill level is welcome to play.


The teams who win their rounds and generate
the most total points 
qualify for an invitation to our 

about the tournament

Who Runs the Table  is a competitive Spades tournament bringing the best spades teams and players from around the city to compete for prizes. bragging rights and the KING OF SPADES CROWNS

This is how it works:

  • There are four (4) spades rounds

  • Teams play the best of five (5) hands

  • Win a round. Win a prize

  • Win all four rounds. Win the CROWN

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Premium Spades Tournament Rules & Regulations


  • 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. After the 4th round, there is a 1-hour intermission.

  • 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 players 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

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



  • 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


  • 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.


  • All playing card decks are pre-shuffled and should not be shuffled by any player.

  • Two-player teams are strongly recommended. If your team should win a tournament, both players are required to continue play.  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, Deuce of Spades, A, K, Q, J, 10-2. The 2 of clubs and 2 of hearts will be removed from each deck in play.

  • Misdeals are determined as when all 52 cards have not been evenly distributed during a 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, The first four (4) rounds are the best of 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.


  • There are five (5) tournaments played within a 12-month period. Select SpadeWars tournaments offer a cash or value prize of up $500 to the winning team. Winners of a tournament will have two options for payout:

  • Option 1 – Cash out at the end of the tournament. The winning team will receive cash and/or prize valued up to $500. The cash out will be payed via gift card.

  • Option 2 – the winner of a tournament is automatically available to compete for the prize of the next tournament. If winner of tournament ask to hold winnings, they will:

    • Receive 50% of the tournament winnings (a total cash/value of $250) at the end of the tournament

    • The winning team will have the opportunity to compete to win $1000 in the next tournament.

    • If team loses next tournament, they will receive the remaining balance of their tournament winnings (a total cash/prize value of up to $250) and will be eliminated from the Spades Crown contention. Players are allowed to register for the next tournament to enter the circuit again

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