Spades, diamonds, clubs, and hearts: the four suits in a deck of cards. Of course, don’t forget the Jokers.
The Sports Marketing graduates of Grambling State University held a Spades Tournament at Wossman High School in Monroe on Sat. (Oct. 15). The purpose of the event was to raise money for the high school’s tennis tournament.
The tournament, held at 5 p.m., was a double elimination tournament, guaranteeing at least two games for each team. The teams paid $10 to play in the tournament. The tournament was a success.
“Due to the short planning, we didn’t have as many players as we wanted,” said Jamar Hart, whose team came in second. “However, we were trendsetters for raising money for Wossman High School.”
Tann Trammell, who played in the tournament on Saturday, also agrees.
“I think the Spades tournament was a good fund raiser for Wossman,” she said. “As grad students, we were just helping them bring a new sport into the school. I think with our support we really helped them a lot.”
The tournament will help Wossman High form its first tennis team.
“This was an excellent opportunity for the sports marketing graduate students to get a hands-on experience with event planning,” said Linzee Locke, who also came in second place.
The winners of the tournament was the team of Darryl D. Smith and Anna Reed. Coming in second place was the team of Jamar Hart and Travis Hunter, who replaced Linzee Locke. In third place was Kim Loving and Charles Smith.
According to George Coffin, a prolific Bridge player, Spades was introduced in Cincinnati, Ohio, sometime between 1937 and 1939. Spades quickly spread to college campuses where it became the most popular card game there.
Spades was also a popular game used during World War II. Soldiers enjoyed playing the game because it was fast-paced.
Spades was an American game at first, as it was invented in America. However, the popularity of Spades spread internationally with the invention of the Internet, as it was easily available online.
Today, Spades is one of the most popular games available on the Internet.