Give Your Partner a Chance, page 8

2nd hand low to euchre opponents

The principle of playing a low card in 1st seat may seem strange to some. After all, why not try and make the most of what cards you have. This is what you are doing by playing 2nd seat low. You're saving your top cards to use latter on. One of the reasons for waiting is that that you have an opponent next to you that may have stronger cards. It's also important to remember that your partner will have the final play.

Attempting to take every trick that comes your way will often cost you a point and may even get you euchred.

Table Position
Playing 2nd hand low

Here we have the dealer sitting in East seat and turns up the ace of diamonds. South seat thinks about ordering, but the idea of putting a trump in his opponents has him worried. He decides to pass. West passed as does North. The dealer picks up the ace.

Playing 2nd hand low

South starts the hand by leading the ace of clubs. He had thought about leading the king but this would give the wrong information to his partner. West follows suit with the 9 and North plays the king of hearts. (This may not have been the best choice as there is only one card that can top it.) The maker(E) takes the trick with the king of diamonds. The bidding team has their first trick.

Playing 2nd hand low

Now the maker(E) leads the left. South ducks and plays 2nd low with the 9. West has no trump and he plays the jack of clubs. North follows the trump lead with the queen. Now they have two tricks.

Playing 2nd hand low

Next the maker(E) plays the jack of spades. He's hoping his partner(W) can get this one. South knows they need the next 3 for a euchre and wisely throws off by playing the queen of clubs. West tries to take the trick with the king but is overtaken by the ace from North. The opponents have their first trick.

Playing 2nd hand low

Now North leads back the 10 of spades. The maker(E) trumps with the ace. South knows it's now or never: time to use the right. They have two tricks in, and need one more. It seemed luck was on their side and the king is good.

Now let's say on the 2nd lead South overtook the left with his right. On the next lead the maker would have trumped South's club lead for their 2nd trick. Then if the maker had lead the queen of hearts, and South ducked they would have made a point. Sure, there's other ways this hand could have played out. Still playing 2nd low helped in their quest to euchre East/West

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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