Let's learn about 'Reverse Next'

The Art of a Next call(aka Hoyle) page 5

Here's an excellent example of reverse next.

Your partner, sitting in North, has just dealt and turned up the nine of hearts. Bidding gets passed around and your partner turns down the nine.

Table Position

Rev call from 2nd

The player in East had a strong hand in hearts and was hoping the dealer would pick up the nine, but no, not this time. East seat, again passes, deciding not to try a 'next call'. Now it's your turn(S) to bid. Yes, you hold a junk hand, but you know your partner is a strong player and expects you to call if at all possible.

Jack-jack call from 3rd

You think about it for a second then call spades. East senses weakness in your call and because they hold a couple of aces they lead the 9 of trump. There are times when it's acceptable to break the rules and lead trump. This could be one of those times. You (S) play the 10 of spades, East shows void and your partner (N) takes the trick with the king.

Jack-jack call from 3rd

Had you passed West would most likely have called diamonds. Depending on how the cards were played they may have made a point. Even worst is the fact that your partner would have been left holding a great hand, but in the wrong color.

All too often players give up points because they only consider what is in their hand when naming trump. Experienced players are always looking for clues as to what cards their partner holds. One such clue is when your partner is the dealer and passes first round. Obviously that means he has no strength in the suit that was turned up. You may take that a step farther to mean he has no strength in any suit of that color. Winning at euchre involves taking risks.

Suggested Further Reading:

The next call - Page 1
How to amaze the opponents

The next call - Page 2
Don't ask why, Next Just Works

The 'no trump' next call - Page 3
Are you brave enough to call next with no trump?

The 'reverse' next call - Page 1
'Reverse Next', a useful 2nd seat, 2nd round strategy

The 'reverse' next call - Page 2
Here's an excellent example of reverse next.

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