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The power of position

If you’ve played poker, especially no-limit Texas Hold ’em, you know about the power of position. When you have position (meaning you’re last to act in the round) you have a big advantage because everyone else has to go before you do, and you get information from them based on what they do (or don’t do). Or to put it the other way, if you don’t have position you have to act first and you don’t know what your opponent is going to do behind you. Position is extremely important in NLHE, but I was thinking recently about how it’s important in many other games too.

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Spades: Bidding Part 3

It’s been a while, but I’d like to finally wrap up my discussion of bidding in Spades. For this final part I’d like to look at some of the strategic aspects of bidding.

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Spades: Bidding Part 2

Let’s continue our discussion of bidding, starting with my favorite bid: nil.

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Spades: Bidding Part 1

I’m not exactly an expert on Spades, but I’ve played it a fair bit and am probably qualified to go over some of the basics. I’ll assume you know the general rules. If not, you can look at them here. You can see by scrolling through that link that there are about a million variations in scoring and gameplay, but which particular ruleset you’re using isn’t important for the purposes of this post.

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