Tuesday, February 20, 2024
New Bridge Bot!
Our long-awaited new Bridge bot is available in preview. This new bot implements the 2-over-1 bidding system (with others planned for the future). Learn more at 2/1 Preview.
To use this new bot, create your next Bridge game using the “More Games/Rules” button and set bidding system to “2/1.” Available only in Join and Practice games.
Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Our menu is now harder to accidentally close on pages where you’re entering information. You can always close the menu by clicking the “X” in its upper-right corner.
Copy Club Events
You can now view an existing club event and use the “Copy Event” button to create a new event based on the one you’re viewing. When scheduling a new event without copying, we base it on the future-most event in the club.
Thursday, February 8, 2024
More Chat Presets
Based on feedback, we’ve expanded the list of available chat presets. You can now edit your presets list to choose from the expanded set and remove unused items.
To change your presets, use the Edit button at the bottom of the presets panel or go to Settings and select the item labeled “Chat Presets.”
Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Daily Challenge Results
Our new “Daily Challenges” button below Play, Join, Practice and Compete groups together today’s challenges while giving you quick access to check results throughout the day.
Check the count on the button to quickly see how many of today’s challenges you haven’t played yet, and check the “View Past Results” button in the Daily Challenges section to access your results from the past week.
Tuesday, January 30, 2024
Renege in Spades
Spades games with friends now have the option to allow reneging, meaning players may play any card from their hand at any time.
Two penalty options are available for players caught not following suit: “Set” where the hand ends and the offending team is set and “Bid+3” where the offending team must take three additional tricks to make their bid.
Find it under “More Games / Rules” in the Join section. “Bid+3” only available when playing without Nil.
Time in Your Time Zone
We now show times in your time zone when sending invitations and reminders. Check or change your time zone in Settings, Notifications.
Tuesday, January 23, 2024
Chat with Friends
With a VIP pass you can now chat with your friends when you’re not playing together—even if your friends aren’t VIPs. Learn More
Wednesday, January 10, 2024
Board is 5
Based on feedback, we’ve expanded the “Min bid” rule in Spades games to include “5” as an option. Find it under “More Games / Rules” in the Play, Join, Practice, or Compete sections.
Thursday, January 4, 2024
Export Event Results
Club admins can now export results from past events. View the club, choose “Export Results,” specify a date range and choose “Search.”
A preview shows the matching results. Choose “Download” to get a CSV file compatible with software like Excel.
Wednesday, December 20, 2023
Watch Replays of Club Games
As a, you can now watch face-up replays of past club event games. You can watch any replay from an event you participated in, giving you the opportunity to review your opponents’ play.
To watch a replay, view the event’s details, choose “View Seats,” and then select the “Watch Replay” button next to the completed round/table you want to watch.
Tuesday, December 19, 2023
We’ve added MiniBridge to simplify learning the game of Bridge. It avoids complex bidding conventions — instead using what was dealt to determine who chooses trump. Find it under “More Games / Rules” in the Play, Join, Practice, or Compete sections.
MiniBridge is fun to play in itself and a great way to improve your sense of hand strength and fit. See our MiniBridge Basics to learn more.
Tuesday, December 12, 2023
The Lonely Euchre Bot
Per feedback, the Euchre bot now bids alone more often when it has the cards to make it. This includes accounting for getting a good card from partner in call-for-best games.
The bot now also plays alone hands better by recognizing when certain high cards might be out of play.
Thursday, November 23, 2023
Buy as a Gift
Give the gift of Trickster Cards to your friends and family this holiday season by buying them a VIP Pass or Trickster Chips.
Choose “Buy as a gift” before purchasing to receive a shareable gift code once your purchase is complete. See About Gifts for details.
Tuesday, November 14, 2023
We’ve added the option for 3-player Euchre games. The rules are the same as 4-player except those that assume partners. There’s a new 10−A deck size option for 3-player.
Euchre No Alone
Used by some when playing with three players, we’ve added a new “No alone bids” option. This option disables “alone” bids and “alone”-related game options.
Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Supporting Good Sportsmanship
With today’s update, players who deliberately make bad bids/plays may have a harder time finding games with real people.
500 Bot End Game
The 500 bot now tries to bid only as high as needed to win the game. When doing so it takes into account whether its team is currently winning the auction, whether the opponents may still raise, and whether it can bid again if they do.
Tuesday, November 7, 2023
Log Your Deals
Curious about the cards you’ve been dealt? You can now turn on deal logging and we’ll log your deals plus help you analyze them.
Open the main menu, go to Statistics, then “Deal Statistics” and choose “Start Logging My Deals” to turn it on.
Analyze Your Deals
After turning on logging, play 100 deals with the same rules – about 10 to 20 games – then return to Deal Statistics to view information about your hands from the last 60 days.
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Play What’s Popular
We’ve refined the “Play” list to more accurately show which rules are popular right now. Choose rules with more bars filled-in to increase your chances of playing with more real people.
If you don’t see the rules you want, use the “More Games/Rules” button at the bottom of the list to customize them.
Pitch Bot Overbidding
Thanks to feedback, the Pitch bot no longer bids too high when holding the off-Jack. This had caused the bot to make some crazy bids in 10-Point Pitch.
Spades Bot vs Blind Nil
Per request, the Spades bot won’t bid Nil if someone bid Blind Nil. This helps both the bot and its partner prioritize setting the Blind Nil.
500 Bot & NT Bids
The 500 bot now counts tricks better when deciding to bid NT. It still won’t bid 6NT without the Joker, but now requires some strength to avoid ending up in a losing contract.
Tuesday, October 10, 2023
No More Waiting
We’ve removed the 1-minute wait between “Play” games when leaving a game early.
“Play” mode games now match players to games by their 28-day completion rate in addition to rules, speed, and skill.
You can view your current “Play” mode matching criteria in the Statistics menu item.
Spades Bot & Nil Pass
Per request, the Spades bot now takes the number of cards it can pass into account when choosing whether or not to bid Nil.
Spades Bot in 3rd Seat
The Spades bot now forces the opponents to play high when it is second to last to play. This helps prevent the other team from getting a cheap trick.
500 Bot Avoids NT without Joker
In addition to bidding 6NT with the Joker, the 500 bot now avoids bidding NT without the Joker unless their partner already bid NT.
Tuesday, October 3, 2023
Choose Your Watermark
Pick between a few new watermarks for the center of your table while playing. Or upload your own watermarks as a.
Change your watermark by opening the main menu, going to “Settings”, then choosing “Watermark” at the end of the “Theme” section.
Thursday, September 28, 2023
Pinochle Shoot the Moon
Based on requests, we’ve added the ability for Pinochle players to “Shoot the Moon.” To enable this, set the rule option “Ask to shoot” to Yes.
When Ask to shoot is on, we ask the declarer if they want to shoot the moon after trump is chosen and passing is complete. If they choose to shoot, they must take all tricks or lose the game. If they do take all tricks, the game over score is added to their score, typically causing them to win.
Pinochle Mercy & Bidder Goes Out
Two other new Pinochle options are “Mercy rule” and “Bidder goes out.” Mercy rule allows the game to end when a player or team goes too far negative. Bidder goes out ensures that the bidding player or team wins if both teams go over the game over score.
Pitch Called Partner Response
Based on feedback, the Pitch bot has been updated when playing call your partner games. It will now lead back its lowest, most valuable point card, expecting that the player who called them will be able to take it.
500 6NT with Joker
The 500 bot now bids 6NT when holding the Joker based on requests for this common convention.
Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Watch Club Event Games
We’ve added the ability to watch club event games. To enable this, when creating the event, set the rules to allow watching.
Players invited to the event but not playing can watch by viewing the event’s details, choosing “View Seats,” and then selecting the “Watch” button next to the game they want to watch.
Thursday, September 14, 2023
Open Misère? Maybe Not
The 500 bot now defends better against open misère (and misère in general).
Wednesday, September 13, 2023
In addition to the two daily challenges, we’ve added a new rotating challenge for most of our games. This challenge changes daily and cycles through a collection of unique and interesting rules.
Friday, September 8, 2023
Watch Replays of Challenges
Players with a VIP Pass can now view replays of challenges played by any player listed on the Challenge Results page. Click on a player name in the results and choose “Watch Replay.”
Friday, September 1, 2023
Pitch Bot Improvements
The bot now does a better job avoiding playing low point cards when opponents might take the trick. It also takes the trick with the lowest winning point card when playing last.
Finally, the bot treats more cards as “potentially low” until a lower card has been played in games where not all cards are in play.
Thursday, August 31, 2023
Bridge Bot Bidding Fixes
Based on your reports, we’ve been able to fix some incorrect bidding by our Bridge bot.
If you notice questionable behavior from the Bridge bot, please send us feedback immediately (while still in the game) with the category “Computer player (bot) feedback.” Our system will attach information about the game so that we can investigate further.
Wednesday, August 23, 2023
Custom Practice Deals
You can now edit the deal in Practice games to help you work on specific hands.
Click your player name during a game, choose “Edit Deal”, then click cards to select/swap them. Once you have everything in the right place, choose “Use This Deal” to play your custom hand.
Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Bid Tips in 500
We’ve added bid tips in 500 that show the points of a bid. These tips appear when you hover over the bid or press and hold on the bid button. Misère and Nullo bids include the points in their button.
You can turn these off in Settings by setting “Show Bid Tips” to “No.”
Wednesday, July 19, 2023
Retry a Challenge
We’ve added a “Retry” button on the Challenge Results page so you can practice the hands again. Retrying a challenge does not change your results.
Tuesday, July 18, 2023
Pitch Called Partner Leads
We learned some Pitch players play call-your-partner with the called partner leading the first trick instead of the highest bidder. So we added it as a “First lead” option under “More Games / Rules”.
Monday, July 17, 2023
Wednesday, July 12, 2023
Sales Tax in More States
Due to changes in regulations regarding the collection of sales tax on internet sales, we now add sales tax on Trickster Chips and VIP Pass purchases in more US states.
Thursday, June 15, 2023
Bid Whist without a Kitty
Thanks to some feedback, we’ve added an option to play Bid Whist without a kitty, dealing all 13 cards instead of 12. To try it out, go to “More Games / Rules” when setting up a Bid Whist game and set the new “Kitty” option to “No”.
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Based on feedback, we’ve improved how our bots handle a few special situations in 500, Euchre, and Pitch.
For 500, the bot defends better against Misère bids. This includes playing high in 3rd seat if the Misère bidder is already under the trick.
For Euchre, the bot “protects the left” on defense, avoiding trumping in if doing so would leave the off-Jack vulnerable. On offense, the bot now leads the off-Jack to their partner instead of a low trump.
For Pitch, the bot defends the first trick of “call your partner” games better by playing a low card instead of trying to win the trick.
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
By customer request, we’ve added a rule option called “Hide player points” that hides the hand score displayed after each player’s name. This makes it harder to know when a player has taken enough points/tricks to make their bid.
Euchre has a new game option “Autoplay forced cards.” When “yes,” the computer automatically plays when there is only one legal card to play. This is like the user setting “Autoplay forced cards” but applies to all players in the game.
High Bid Leads Spades
A new “High bidder leads” option has been added to Spades. When “yes,” the high bidder (or first of multiple high bidders) leads the first trick.
Thursday, April 20, 2023
More Bridge Defense
Based on feedback, we’ve continued to refine the defensive play of the Bridge bots. Most notably this update fixes some issues with the bot not always playing as high as necessary when playing 3rd to the trick.
Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Challenges have been enhanced so you can leave mid-game and continue where you left off by choosing the challenge again. Challenges started but not finished are indicated by “in-progress” after the game name.
Thursday, April 13, 2023
You vs Bot
We’ve enhanced the Daily Challenges results page to include a “You vs Bot” section along with a list of your friends who’ve played the challenge.
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
New Challenges Menu Item
We’ve added a new menu item, Challenges, that lets you view the results of challenges you’ve played and find challenges created by your friends and our new Daily Challenges.
Beat the Bot in a Daily Challenge!
Each day we create two Daily Challenges for each of our games. Each challenge has different rules and are created by having a bot play with and/or against other bots.
To see if you can do better than our bot (and other real players), choose a challenge from the list of Daily Challenges, finish the game, and choose “Results” from the final scorecard.
Friday, March 24, 2023
Better Bridge Defense
With advice from experts, we’ve continued enhancing the defensive play of our Bridge bots (computer players). Changes include better leads after the first trick, smarter discards when they can’t follow suit, and pushing the declaring team to play high to win the trick.
Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Better Bridge Bot Opening Leads
We’re kicking off a series of updates to our Bridge bots to make them better players and partners. This first update improves opening leads on defense. Keep an eye out for further improvements to both play of the hand and bidding behavior in future updates.
Export Hand to PBN
In Bridge Practice and Join games you can now export the current hand to PBN. This includes the current deal, auction, and played cards. We’ve been using this to easily create test cases for our bots as we continue to work on improvements.
Thursday, November 10, 2022
Have trouble telling which card is which? Try flipping the new “Suit and Rank Size” setting to “Large” to help. Find it in “Card Suits” under the Settings menu item alongside options to change the shape and color of suits.
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Based on feedback, we’re now splitting leaderboards by team vs. solo and number of players. For games with many options, you will now see sections such as 2v2, 3v3, 3-player, 4-player, etc. We made this change because a 2-team game has a different expected win percentage than, for example, a 3-player game.
The Leaderboards menu item now contains a drop-down menu at the top to select the game you’re viewing. Below the game, select the leaderboard play mode: Play, Join, or Compete.
Thursday, October 27, 2022
VIP Watch Replays
A new feature of the VIP Pass is the ability to watch face-up recordings of games you have completed in the last 28 days. To try it, choose “Watch Replays” from the menu and click or tap a game.
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Qualify for Compete
Starting today, players who have never played a “Compete” mode game must qualify before doing so. To enter your first “Compete” mode game, your account must be more than 24 hours old, and you must have completed 7 games in the “Play,” “Join,” or “Practice” mode sections.
Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Our “Block” feature now asks for a reason. With this change, blocking not only helps you but also helps improve Trickster Cards for everyone else. Behind the scenes, we use block and report data to help us monitor and take action against players who spoil the game for others.
To block someone from playing games with you in the future, click on their player name during a game and choose “Block.”
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
New Zealand 500
We’ve added a “Bid after pass” option that allows players to continue bidding after passing when a player’s bid is changed. This new option in conjunction with existing options, allows a 500 game with rules popular in New Zealand.
Joker as Best Card in 500
By request we’ve also added a “Joker low in Misère” option which makes the Joker the lowest card (and non-trump) when playing a Misère/Nullo contract. Basically, the Joker effectively loses any trick to which it is played.
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Enhance your Trickster Cards experience with our new VIP Pass! Buy 1, 3, or 12 months of access to these premium features:
- Ad-free access to all games
- Receive 2,500 each month
- Wait for a player in Play games
- Friends join your games ad-free
- Exclusive status icon
Anything else you’d like as a VIP? Let us know!
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Spades Allowed Bids
We’ve added two new Spades rules options. One lets you set when you can bid Nil: anytime, losing by 50, or losing by 100. Another requires that the total of the bids not equal the number of tricks available. See the updated Spades Rules form.
Players who wish to clear their historical play statistics can now do so either for a specific game or for all games. See the new “Clear” links and “Clear All Statistics” button in the Statistics menu item. Leaderboard data is not affected.
Thursday, August 25, 2022
500 for 3
We’ve added a 3-player variant of 500. Our game uses a 33-card deck (7–Ace plus Joker). Ten cards are dealt per player and there’s a 3-card kitty.
Use the “More Games/Rules” button to access the 500 Rules form and choose this option.
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Call Trump Easier/Harder
Based on feedback, we’ve added a “call trump” option to Euchre. This option lets you decide whether you can call trump anytime, with any trump in your hand (today’s rule), or with only “natural” trump in your hand (“natural” trump does not include the off-Jack).
See the new “Call trump” option on the Euchre Rules form (accessed with the “More Games/Rules” button).
Thursday, August 18, 2022
As requested by a player in Cornwall, we’ve added three new options to Euchre: 1) dealer bids first; 2) defend alone anytime, and 3) dealer bids blind when the Joker is the up card.
Try these in your next Euchre game by using the “More Games/Rules” button and setting the game rule options the way you like.
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Show Bids During Play
Bridge players can now choose to view the bid history during play of the hand. Click on your player name and choose “Show Bid History” from your player menu. The bids will be shown until the end of the hand or you choose “Hide Bid History” from your player menu.
Wednesday, August 3, 2022
New Bot Names
We occasionally update the names used for our bots (computer players). Today, we update the list with the US Census Bureau’s top 2,000 baby names (1,000 each male and female) from 1956.
Friends’ Game Letter Key
We’ve added a key for the game letters shown after friends’ names in the Friends menu item.
Thursday, July 14, 2022
By request, we’ve added the “Must be invited” option to Compete games. This allows you to limit your Compete game to just those friends you invite. Use the “More Games/Rules” button and set “Must be invited” to Yes when creating your next Compete game.
Friends’ Games Played
Based on feedback, the Friends menu item now indicates the card games your friends like to play. For example, you will see a B icon for a player who plays Bridge.
The Invite Friends menu item now organizes friends into two parts: those who play the game you’re inviting them to and those who don’t.
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Customize Oh Hell
The Oh Hell “More Games/Rules…” form has been reorganized to offer a “Custom Deal Pattern” choice in its “Deal pattern” option. Choose that and you’ll see a new section where you can specify the first hand’s number of cards, the last hand’s number of cards, and the switch point.
To try these new options, use the “More Games/Rules” button when creating your next game.
Saturday, June 18, 2022
Score More in Oh Hell
Based on customer requests, we’ve added new scoring options to Oh Hell. With the “Trick points” option you can control whether 1, 2, or 3 points per trick are added for a successful bid. The “Failed bids score” option lets you give no points when players miss their bid.
To try these new options, use the “More Games/Rules” button when creating your next game.
Monday, May 23, 2022
Show Off Your Score, Too
All players can now share their scorecard with others by using the “Share” button on the final scorecard of any style game – Play, Join, Compete, or Practice. Practice mode players can challenge others to play the same game.
The “Share” button replaces the “Challenge” button previously available only in Practice games.
Saturday, May 7, 2022
Bids are Blind
Spades players may now choose to offer blind bids other than Nil. Use the “More Games/Rules” button to view the Spades Rules form and the new “Blind bids” and “Min blind bid” options.
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Watch Face Up
“Join” games can now be set to allow watchers to watch the game with cards face-up. Create your next game using the “More Games/Rules” button and set “Allow watching” to “Face Up.”
Play Face Up
“Join” and “Practice” games can now be played with all hands face-up. Set the game rule option “Show all hands” to “Yes.” Suggestions and the bots’ play does not change when playing face-up.
Friday, April 22, 2022
Don’t Give Up
Players who don’t want the new Pinochle “throw in” option can turn it off. When creating your next game, use the “More Games/Rules” button and set “Ask throw in” to No.
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Give Up in Pinochle
We’ve added the ability for the Pinochle declarer to “throw in” if they don’t think they can make their bid. If you want to play out the hand, just lead a card.
Saturday, April 16, 2022
We’ve added an “allow misdeal” rule option to Euchre. This option allows you to let players with “Ace, No Face” and/or “No Ace, No Face” to call a misdeal. Use the “More Games/Rules” button when creating your next game and try this option.
Show Off Your Score
The Challenge feature (see Bragging Rights, below) has been enhanced to display a scorecard that you can copy and share. Choose “Challenge” on the final scorecard of a Practice game.
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
By customer request, we’ve added more colors you can use to highlight the trump cards. See the new “Trump Highlight” option in the Theme section of Settings (in the main menu).
Play and Stay
To improve the overall experience in “Play” mode games, we encourage all players to stay and finish the games they join. If you leave a “Play” game too quickly without finishing, you must wait before joining a new “Play” game.
Saturday, April 9, 2022
We’ve added a Pinochle game rule option to control the speed of the meld display. Players creating Join, Practice, and Compete games can choose from five settings ranging from Very Fast to Very Slow. To try it, create your next Pinochle game using the "More Games/Rules" button and set the "Meld display speed" rule option.
Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Lead Trump in Oh Hell
We’ve added the popular “Lead trump” option to Oh Hell. This option allows you to specify that trump cannot be led on the first trick or until trump has been broken. Use the “More Games/Rules” button and try this on your next game.
Saturday, April 2, 2022
Dealer Display Before Start
We now show who will be the dealer of the first hand when you are waiting for the game to start. This allows you to position yourself relative to the dealer.
We’ve added a feature to Practice games so you can challenge your friends to replay the same game. On the final scorecard, choose “Challenge” and then share a link with friends. They will get to play the same cards from the same seat as you. See who plays it best.
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
No First Blood
By customer request, we’ve added a “Lead trump” option to Euchre. This option allows you to specify that trump cannot be led on the first trick or until trump has been broken. The default behavior is that trump can be led anytime.
Failed Nil Nada
Also by request, we’ve added a “No Bags/No Help” option to Spades’ “Failed Nil” option. When chosen, the overtricks from a failed Nil are neither added to the failed Nil bidder’s score nor added to the team score.
Saturday, March 19, 2022
Work Harder for One
For those who think taking 3 tricks in Euchre is too easy, you can now make it so you have to take 4 tricks to make your bid for 1 point. Use the “More Games/Rules” button and set “Take 4 for 1 pt” to Yes.
Alone for Less
Euchre players can now choose to score just 2 for an “alone” bid when taking all 5 tricks. Set “Alone worth 2 pts” to Yes.
Spades Like Hearts
We’ve added a new Spades option “Low ♣ first trick” that requires players to play their lowest club on the first trick. The player holding the low club leads first.
Play It Safe
The new Spades option “No ♠ first trick” makes it so a spade cannot be led or dumped on the first trick.
Friday, March 11, 2022
Spades Pass More
Based on customer requests, we’ve increased the number of cards that can be passed on Nil/Blind Nil to four.
Double-deck Pinochle players can now choose to play with a kitty. Create your next game using the “More Games/Rules” button and set “Kitty” to Yes.
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Love Your Rules
We’ve added the ability to mark rules as favorites. Favorite rules appear at the top of the list in each game section. To make a rule a favorite, simply click or tap the open-heart icon in the upper right corner of the rule tile. Favorites are indicated by a solid heart, as shown below.
Example of a favorite rule
You can also mark favorites on the game rules form next to the rules summary at the top. Use the “More Games/Rules” button to access.
Friday, February 25, 2022
Leaderboards Account for Ties
Based on customer feedback, starting tomorrow the leaderboard categories % Games Won and # Games Won will count ties as half a win. We round up halves so that 3 ties count as 2 wins.
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Trickster Bots Now Open Source
Based on players’ interest in enhancing our bots, we have made our Trickster bots open source. Programmers with experience in C# are invited to visit our GitHub repository TricksterCards/TricksterBots.
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Bidder Goes Out in 500
We’ve added a “Bidder goes out” game rule option to 500. When set to yes, the bidder team wins if both teams go over 500.
To try this option in your next 500 game, use the “More Games/Rules” button and set “Bidder goes out” to Yes. Ensure the other options are as you want them and create the game using the “Create” button at the bottom of the form.
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Upload Decks for Bridge
Based on customer requests, we’ve added the ability to upload decks for use in Bridge Join and Practice games. See the new help topic Uploading Decks to learn about this new feature.