What should I discard, page 3

Holding 2 off suits, X-X-X plus X-X

With most discards the main object is to improve your hand. There will be circumstances where one has to think ahead and decide on how the hand may play out. Take the hands where you are ordered to pick-up a trump by your opponents. In these hands your only trump is the pick-up. Prior to being ordered you held an off suit ace-king-9 plus a king-9. The correct discard would be the 9 from the king-9 set. While it is tempting to discard from the triple set, discarding from the double may work best later in the hand. The idea is that you may be able to discard the king later in the hand leaving you with a void. This would be the same in any hand with suits of 2 + 3 cards.

Here is an example where the discard
came, instead, from the triple suit.

Table Position

Jack-jack call from 3rd

The dealer sits in the North seat and has turned-up the 9 of spades. South, holding 3 spades orders up the 9.

Jack-jack call from 3rd

The dealer (N) discards the 10 of hearts. East starts things off with the ace of diamonds. The maker (S) follows suit with the king. West plays the 10 of clubs indicating a possible lead-back suit. North plays the 10.

Jack-jack call from 3rd

Now East tries to lead through the maker (S) by playing the boss queen of diamonds. South throws off hoping his partner can get the trick. West, holding the right, also throws off. North has to follow suit and plays the jack. Now the opponents are 2 tricks in and still hold the top trump for the euchre.

Now look at what would have happened if North had discarded the jack of diamonds. This would have been a point making hand.

Suggested Further Reading:

What should I discard, page 1
What is the best card to discard?

What should I discard, page 2
Save an Ace instead of trump? * Answer: never! *

What should I discard, page 3
Holding 2 off suits, X-X-X plus X-X

Defending against a lone call, page 1
Can the call be stopped?

Legal Communication in euchre, page 1
Correct method of communicating with your partner

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