Legal Communication in euchre, page 2
Know + trust your partner's ability's
Trusting your partner's ability and understanding how they play are important to good communication skills. This is why teams that have been playing together for a while are so hard to beat.
Look at this example:
Let's assume the score is 9 to 7, with the North/South team in the lead. The dealer is in the West position and has turned up a jack. Their team has 7 points. Your partner in the North seat passes, as does east. You, sitting in the South seat, now know that because they passed, your partner has a sure trick in their hand; in some cases it may be the left protected or possibly a protected ace. With this information and seeing what cards are in your hand you realize there is a high probability your team can score a point and win the game.
Blocking and its relationship to communication
Players that feel blocking is wrong are missing out. Because euchre such a fast moving game teams need every advantage they can get. Whenever the right is turned up and your partner passes, if you hold a strong hand in the turned-up suit you should be naming trump. All that is needed are a couple of trump and an ace or two.
Passing and its relationship to communication
Any time you are dealing and turn up a jack, if you hold at least one card of the same suit you should pick up the jack. Conversely, a dealer passing a jack is very likely void in that suit. Let's say your partner, as dealer, turns down the jack of clubs. 1st seat passes, and you bid in hearts. Now 1st seat leads the ace of clubs. Even though you are void in clubs you throw off a junk card, giving your partner a chance to trump in. Just knowing that your partner will almost always pick up a jack, except when he is void in that suit, makes this a high percentage play.
* When your partner throws off a suit on your lead he is asking you to lead back that suit.
* When your partner is the dealer and has already had the opportunity to create a void, he is asking for something completely different.
* When your partner, as dealer, turns down a jack he is most likely void in that suit.
* If the opponents lead an ace and your partner, as dealer, follows suit, he is most likely void in the remaining green suit.
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