Two Handed Euchre
A standard deck of 24 cards are used. Cards are ranked the same as in ordinary Euchre. Cards are dealt out in groups of 2's and 3's with an additional two cards are dealt to a dummy hand. No player may look at the dummy hand until bidding is over. Each player receives 5 cards. The remaining cards are placed face down in front of the dealer and the top card is turned over.
The dealer's opponent has the first opportunity to name trump. If he orders the dealer to pick up the turn card, he then has the right to pick up the two cards from the dummy hand, and places them in his hand. He must then discard any two from the seven in his hand. If he passes, again as in ordinary Euchre, the dealer may pick up the turn card. The dealer now has the right to use the two cards from the dummy hand. As he now has 8 cards in his hand he must discard 3. If the dealer turns down the up card, his opponent has the opportunity to name any other suit as trump. If he does not, the dealer must name another suit as trump as in 'Stick the dealer'. He gets to pick up cards in the kitty. The hand then begins.
The non-dealer has the first lead. The hand is played out as in regular euchre. The bidding person must take at least 3 tricks to make his point. There are no '4 point lone hands' played as every hand is a lone. However taking all 5 tricks does award the bidder with 2 points. Euchres' (taking less than three tricks) awards the non-bidding player with 2 points.
If a two handed game is played as part of a progressive tournament to balance out the tables and there is a prize is awarded for most lones, then one lone is normally awarded to the winning player at the end of the game.