What Card should I Lead? page 2



The proper use of a double lead




The double lead-back of the same suit can be a powerful tool in a euchre game; however, to be affective it must be used correctly. The trick is to know how and when to use it. It is a common mistake to take a trick and lead the same suit back at the wrong time. Improperly use will, more often than not, result in your team being euchred.


Let's look at some of the times when the double lead will get your team in trouble. The worst offender is when your partner calls next and leads small trump. You take the first trick then lead a trump back to your partner. This will most likely result in your team being euchred. Why? Most next calls are made on fairly weak hands. Many of these calls are made with the bidder holding only 1 or 2 trump. Leading trump a second time normally will pull out all the trump. Or even worst, may only leave trump in your opponent's hand. Once the trump is gone you are at the mercy of a strong green suit in the opposition's hand. The best thing to lead back is a green ace. If you don't have an Ace, lead back a card from your longest suit. This may allow your partner to trump in and will make the best possible use of any trump held in each of your hands.


Going down the list, the next trouble spot for the double lead is when your team makes trump, your partner leads a small off-suit card. You take the trick and then lead the same suit back. Once a suit has been played, there will be very few left in that suit. There were only 7 cards to start with. It's almost guaranteed to be trumped by someone. Leading back the same suit puts your partner in a precarious position. Being that 3rd seat sits behind him and has last play, he has to make a choice. Does he trump with a low card? If so will it be over trumped by third seat? Does he trump using his highest trump? Should he hope 3rd seat is out of trump? At this point there is no way to know for sure what the correct move is. It's all a guess.


Another spot to watch is when you're in 1st seat and your opponents make trump. If you take the first trick, a double lead here gives the dealer the last play. Now your partner has to guess whether they should trump or let it go. If they trump is it over trumped? Did the bidder lead from a King - x set? Again there is no way to be sure.




Times to use the Double Lead


So are there times when a double lead is a good thing? Yes. One of these times is when you sit in the seat just before the dealer/bidder and you take a trick. In fact this may be the best time to lead the same suit back. This play is called a 'lead through' because most likely it will be the suit that the dealer has two of. Remember, as dealer, they already had the opportunity to discard and were able to create a void in their hand. Even if they can't follow suit, they now have to choose between trumping or not. A double lead here should put your partner in a position to trump, or over-trump. There may even be times where they let the trick go by so 3rd seat can take it. They may hold cards that would set up bidder for an end play thus euchring them.


Because it is the second lead, if you're in 1st seat and do trump, be sure to trump high. Remember, the bidder's partner sits behind you. In cases where the dealers partner shows void in trump and this second lead is a boss card, it could mean a free trick for your team...


A double lead can also be used to draw out a bidders trump. This would require a little planning, but it could be a good method to setting up a bidder for a euchre. This works best if you are holding power in trump.

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Suggested Further Reading:

What Card should I Lead? page 1
Help me understand what card to lead

What Card should I Lead? page 2
The proper use of a double lead

What card should I Lead - 4th trick? Pg 1
Why is the fourth lead so important?

What card should I Lead - 4th trick? Pg 2
The reward for a correct play is extra points

What card should I Lead - 4th trick? Pg 3
Sometimes a trump lead on the 4th trick is correct

What card should I Lead - 4th trick? Pg 4
There is a rare third type of hand - 3rd lead

NEVER lead trump on defense, page 1
Until you learn when is the correct time

NEVER lead trump on defense, page 2
example, cards properly played

NEVER lead trump on defense, page 3
example, cards NOT properly played

NEVER lead trump on defense, page 4
Until you learn when is the correct time

NEVER lead trump on defense, page 5
Unless you hold 2 trump, 2 green aces

NEVER lead trump on defense, page 6
Unless you hold 1 trump, 2 green aces

NEVER lead trump on defense, page 7
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2 comments so far

If I'm in 3rd seat with dealer the
maker, I will almost always return the same suit, whereas if I'm in 2nd seat with
partner the maker, I'd almost never return the same suit.

Posted by Jake  on Sunday, 02.17.13 @ 10:59am| #1756

Only the very best players know to throw off on the 3rd or 4th trick. If your partner calls Trump and, the opposition leads the same suit back. Do not throw a small Trump it, It will be a waste of trump unless you have a high one. More than likely the player to your left will trump it as well and your small trump would be sacrificed. This is the time to let your partner take it. You will find that if you do throw off, your trump more often than not will take the next trick.. If it doesn't it will surely come in handy at the end of the hand. If the player to your left has another Trump, This will make them play it.

Posted by John D  on Tuesday, 03.5.13 @ 08:26am| #1774

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