Give Your Partner a Chance, page 7


2nd hand low keeps them guessing




The beauty of playing second hand low is that it gives your opponents less information as to what cards you hold. Once a boss card has been played it promotes the cards under it. This information is especially important to someone that is naming trump with a weak hand. Second low keeps them guessing.


Table Position
Playing 2nd hand low

In this example the dealer is in the West position. The South seat determines the best move would be to pass as they have a shot at a euchre if dealer picks the card and a good bid in next if they don't. West passes as does North. The dealer picks the ace and discards the queen of diamonds. This leaves him 2 suited with 3 trump.


Playing 2nd hand low

South leads the ace of diamonds, West follows suit with the king and North also follows with the 10. The maker(W) trumps with the nine of spades.


Playing 2nd hand low

Next the maker(W) leads back the queen of spades (trump) we'll talk more about this lead latter. South plays 2nd low using the 10 of spades. East takes the trick with the left and North plays the king of spade. 5 trump have been played. The bidding team now have two tricks in. One more trick for the point.


Playing 2nd hand low

West plays the king of clubs, North follows suit with the 9. The maker(W) throws off a 9 of hearts and South takes the trick with the ace of clubs. He knows he has the top trump and there is only the ace of trump left, and that's in the dealer's hand. He also thinks his jack of diamonds could be boss as West played the king on the first diamond lead. He leads back the right and they collect 2 points for the euchre.


The interesting thing about this hand is that if they had read my article on playing the 3 trump 2 suited hand, East/West may have been able to make a point. Let's say that after taking the first trick the maker had lead back the 9 of hearts instead of the trump. South would most likely have thrown off the jack of diamonds and North would have taken the trick with the ace. About the only way they would have been euchred is if 3rd lead back the king of trump.




Suggested Further Reading:


To win you may have to let a trick go by


One must learn to trust their partner


A little trust goes a long ways


Here are two examples in the same hand


Euchre, a partnership game, must be played as such


The strategy of playing 2nd hand Low


2nd hand low keeps them guessing.


2nd hand low to euchre opponents









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