Learn how to Play Euchre - Lesson 10


Advanced Play Examples, page 1

"luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity"




On these last 5 lessons I will show you some examples of how euchre is played at a completive level. All of these are snapshots of actual games played on-line. As you read through the following pages, ask yourself 'would I have taken that risk?', 'how would I have played that?'. The one common thread among all of these plays is that the players involved are willing to take the risks necessary to win. They also have trust in their partner's ability to do their part. Some of these games I played in, others I just watched.




Breaking the rules


In the following example we break one of the primary rules of euchre. Never trump your partners Ace. While that is a standard guideline, there will be times when it may not be the best possible play. Don' be afraid to step outside the box and try a different approach.

Here is one such example:


Table Position

The dealer sits in the North position. In the first round of bidding everyone passes. In the second round East seat bids hearts and leads the queen. This lead shows East is fishing for the top trump. South has the right, but this is the place to play second hand low. Basically, 'Let's see if my partner, the dealer(N), can take the trick'. West seat shows void in trump. North comes through and takes the trick with the ace.



Now North leads back the ace of diamonds. The maker(E) has to follow suit and plays the queen. Knowing that West showed no trump on the last trick, South trump in with the 10. That's trick 2 for the N/S team, leading the right completes the euchre.




Step outside the box


Advanced Euchre play 1

In this next hand the dealer sits in the South position. Their partner(N), holds 3 hearts and orders the 9 into their hand.


Advanced Euchre play 2

West starts off the hand by leading the queen of spades, The maker(N) follows suit with the 10. East trumps in with left and South follows suit with the 9. 1 trump played.


Advanced Euchre Play 3

Now East leads back the Queen of trump. Because East holds 2 aces they are hoping to make them good by removing a round of trump. West takes the trick with the right. Now 5 trump have been played.


Advacned Euchrre Play 4

West leads back the king of clubs. The maker(N) trumps in with the king. East follows suit with the 9 and South throws off the 10 of diamonds. The maker's(N) team has 1 trick in but E/W has 2. 6 trump are now gone. The maker will need the next 2 tricks to complete the hand.


Advanced Euchre Play 5

Now the maker(N)knows he holds the last trump. Diamonds have yet to be led. Leading the trump ace may see the diamond ace fall. However, East seat remembers that the maker(N) had trumped a Club earlier in the hand holds on to the diamond and discards the ace of clubs. Paying attention to what has been played gives the E/W team 2 points for the euchre.




When playing euchre, remember this is a game of probabilities and a willingness to take chances. Bids and plays are made with the expectation that, more often than not, they will work to your advantage. Of course, this also means that sometimes they will not work. A good partner knows and understands this.




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Question? I tired to learn EUCHRE by going to a group where I live. After 2 tries I decided it is Abusive/Cut-throat style game. Very little help and supper nasty. Is this a bad group or is it really a bad game?

Posted by Patricia  on Wednesday, 01.20.16 @ 22:09pm| #3557

Euchre is a game that tends to be played at two completely different levels. At one level you will find the very competitive players that are out to win at all costs.

On the other end are the groups that get together for the social aspect of euchre. These groups place more value on friendship and human interaction than they do on wining.

Both types of groups have their place in the euchre world.

Ask around. Most communities have more one euchre group. Perhaps there one near you that is more socially oriented.

Posted by Don  on Thursday, 01.21.16 @ 07:47am| #3558

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