Legal Communication in euchre, page 1


Correct method of communicating with your partner




Communicating to your partner what suit to lead back is an essential skill in euchre. Good players don't just randomly select the cards they play, but instead read their partner's signals. Not hand signals, but messages sent by the choice of card played. Armed with this information the partner can lead back the correct card or suit. You can give your partner a lot of information simply by the way you play your hand. All the top euchre players work as a team, with each member watching for the visual card clues given by their partner. Let's see how this works in practice.


One classic situation is leading the right bower and finding your partner void in trump, but they hold an off-suit ace-king combination. By playing the ace on your lead, they are signaling that they hold the king of that suit. You now know that leading that suit back would be the best way to bypass the opposition and give the lead to your partner. Of course, this also tells the opposition what not to lead, but it will help your team more than it will hurt it. Keep in mind that this works not only on at trump lead, but on any lead where your partner cannot follow suit.


Often your partner won't have an ace-king combination, but instead will have an ace along with a lower card of the same suit. In these cases your partner would play the lower card indicating they have the ace. While this is not as straightforward or definitive as showing an ace, it's a good indicator and better than nothing. (Note that if they are throwing off a singleton and voiding themselves in the suit, it is still a good suit to lead back for your partner to trump in).


-> It is important to note here that the rules change if your partner is the dealer. Why? Because the dealer has had the opportunity to short-suit their hand, creating a void. Therefore, when they throw off, they are likely throwing from a suit in which they hold two cards. Say hearts is trump. You lead the ace of diamonds and your partner (as dealer) throws off a club. The best way to get back to them is play a spade, not a club! They most likely will be void in spades, so leading that suit will give them an opportunity to trump in and take the trick.



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Suggested Further Reading:

Legal Communication in euchre, page 1
Correct method of communicating with your partner

Legal Communication in euchre, page 2
Know + trust your partner's ability's

Legal Communication in euchre, page 3
Give your partner the correct information

Legal Communication in euchre, page 4
Don't help your opponents by giving away information

Legal Communication in euchre, page 5
Don't give away information - example

Being a good partner
What does it take to be a good partner?

Defending against a 'lone' call - 1
Can the call be stopped?









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On the following webpage (there is no comment section) “There can be legal communication between Partners Page 2” http://ohioeuchre.com/E_Communicate2.php , In the second paragraph, it states:

Let's assume the score is 9 to 7, with the north/south team in the lead. The dealer is on the left and has turned up a jack. Your partner in 1st seat passes, as does 2nd seat. You, sitting in 3rd seat, know that your partner must have a sure trick in their hand; it could be left protected or maybe a protected ace. Knowing this and looking at your hand you realize there is a high probability your team can score a point and win the game.

Question: How can your partner possibly hold a left protected when YOU hold the Left Bower?

Posted by SardineBreath  on Saturday, 12.24.16 @ 17:52pm| #3726

I can understand the source of your confusion. I have added some text to make it clearer.

Let's assume the score is 9 to 7, with the north/south team in the lead. The dealer is on the left and has turned up a jack. Their team has 7 points. Your partner in 1st seat passes, as does 2nd seat. You, sitting in 3rd seat, now know that your partner must have a sure trick in their hand; in some cases it may be the left protected or possibly a protected ace.

Posted by Don  on Sunday, 12.25.16 @ 10:03am| #3727

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