The player to dealer's left leads any card except a spade to the first trick. Each player, in turn, clockwise, must follow suit if able; if unable to follow suit, the player may play ANY card.
A trick containing a Spade is won by the highest spade played; if no spade is played, the trick is won by the highest card of the suit led. The winner of each trick leads to the next.
Spades may not be led until either
- some player has played a spade (on the lead of another suit), or
- the leader has nothing but spades left in hand.
Playing the first spade is known as "Breaking" spades.