When should I name trump, Part 5
While a green ace works, an ace in next may not.
In the last example I talked about naming trump when, as the dealer, you only hold one card from the suit that is turned up. The pick-up will give you 2 trump. As long as you also hold a green ace this hand is a potential point maker. Keep in mind that for the hand to be completed successfully, every opportunity must be given to you partner to take a trick
However, that changes if the ace is in next. Why should that make a difference you ask? Part of the reason is the fact that the suit of 'next' loses a card to the trump suit. There are only 5 cards in next whereas the green suits have 6. This significantly increases the chance of it being trumped.
Take a look at the following example:
The dealer is in the West position and has turned up the queen of hearts. North has a nice bid in next if dealer passes and a possible euchre if they pick it up. They make the correct call by passing. East and South both pass. The dealer(W) picks up the queen and discards the 9 of spades.
North starts off the hand by playing the ace of spades. East follows with the king, and South plays the queen. The dealer/maker(W) takes the trick with the queen of hearts. 1 trump is now gone and the team making trump have the first trick.
Next the maker(W) leads the ace of diamonds. North follows suit with the king. East throws off a 10 of clubs and South plays the 10 of diamonds. This is their 2nd trick.
Now, the maker(W) is hoping his partner can take a trick and he leads the queen of clubs. North trumps in with the 9 of hearts. East plays the jack and South plays the ace of clubs. 2 trump have been played. The opponents have one trick.
North, after taken the last trick with the 9 and knowing his queen of diamonds is a boss card leads the right. This pulls all remaining trump which gives the opponents the last 2 tricks. It also gives them 2 points for the euchre.
Here is another example:
The dealer sits in the north position and turns up the king of diamonds. The bid gets passed back to him and he picks it up.
East leads the 9 of spades South takes the trick with the queen of spades. West follows suit with the 10. North throws off the jack of clubs. 1 trick for bidding team.
After taken the trick with the queen, South leads the 10 of diamonds (trump) back to his partner(N). West follows suit with the 9. The maker(N) plays the king and East takes the trick with the ace. Both teams now both have a trick.
Now East leads back the queen of clubs. South throws away the 9 of hearts. West takes the trick with the ace of clubs. The maker(N) has to follow suit and plays the 10 of clubs. This gives the opponents their 2nd trick. Being that West still holds the top trump. - It's euchre time.
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