If a team fails to achieve their bid, their score is not changed.

There are rule variations that change this scoring (see Spades House Rules Options, below).

If a player who bid Nil achieves their bid, 100 points is added to the team score (double for Blind Nil)..

## Do you have to bid in spades?

The hand that bids itself Some play that in the first deal of a spades game there is no bidding. The cards are played in the usual way and each team scores 10 points for each trick taken.

To make Spades a little more interesting and punish the timid, your additional points over your bid are called “bags,” and once a team reaches 10 bags, they receive a 100 point penalty, and then their bags are reset to zero!

## What causes a bag penalty in spades?

If a player wins the exact amount of tricks he has bid, he wins points for his team equal to 10 times his bid. If a player/team takes more tricks than they bid, they get additional 1 point for each overtrick (bag). When the team reaches 10 bags, they receive -100 penalty and their bags are reset to 0.

## How many points do you lose if you underbid in spades?

10 pointsUnderbidding: A team that takes less tricks than they bid will be penalized 10 points for each trick they bid.