The 3 Trump, 2 Suited Hand - page 4

Three-Trump, Two off suit aces - example 2

Here is a hand that most players would recognize as biddable with little fear of being euchred. Still there are risks. The biggest worry would be that the top 3 trump are all in the same opponent's hands. Like many hands where you don't hold the top trump, thought has to be given to how the cards are played to assure a point is made.

Table Position

Jack-jack call from 3rd

The dealer is in the South seat and has turned up the 10 of diamonds. Bidding get passed back around and they pick up the 10 while discarding the queen of clubs.

Jack-jack call from 3rd

The player in the West starts off the hand by leading the king of spades. North follows suit with the queen and East follows with the 10. The dealer/maker(S) makes good use of the 9 of trump to take the trick. The maker's team now has one trick in. They still need two more. 1 trump has been played.

Jack-jack call from 3rd

The maker now follows a basic euchre guideline of leading trump before playing aces by leading the 10. West takes the trick with the right. North shows void in trump and throws off a junk 9 of clubs. East plays the trump queen. By counting trump the dealer now knows there are 4 trump have been played. His partner has none and there are still two against him. Both teams now have taken a trick.

Jack-jack call from 3rd

West, thinking the bidder may hold the left, leads the nine of hearts. He's hoping his partner can take the nine and possibly set the maker up for a euchre. It wasn't to be as the maker took the trick with the ace of hearts. Now the maker has two tricks but still needs one more. He knows there are still two possible trump that may be out against him. The left and the ace. At this point he has to assume that his partner won't be much help. The only chance is to lead the ace of clubs and hope it walks the board or that it draws out trump and leaves his king boss. Using an off suit ace to draw out trump can be a useful strategy.

Jack-jack call from 3rd

As it turned out the left was buried and the ace of clubs drew out the only remaining trump, leaving the bidder with the boss card and another point for their team.

Now I know there are those that would say the maker was just lucky. But how is it 'just luck' when things go as planned and the calling team makes their point?

Suggested Further Reading:

The Three Trump Two Suited hand, page 1
3 trump, 2 suited NO off-suit ace

The Three Trump Two Suited hand, page 2
3 trump, 2 suited with an off-suit ace

The Three Trump Two Suited hand, page 3
Three-Trump, Two-Suited

The Three Trump Two Suited hand, page 4
Three-Trump, Two off suit aces

When should you name trump, page 1
General facts about bidding, trump, score

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