Euchre - Tournaments Rules



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The Deal


To determine the first deal of the game, cards will be dealt face up until a player receives any Jack. That player then becomes the dealer; from there, the deal rotates clockwise each hand. Cards must be properly shuffled. The deck is then offered for a "cut" to the player seated to the RIGHT. A cut card is provided and must be used to cover the bottom card of the deck during dealing. Cards may be dealt in groups of 2's and 3', or 1 at a time. It is always Dealer's choice as to the preference of deal style; however, that person's deal style must be maintained during the round.

  If four passes occur, a second round of bidding commences. If the second deal is passed by everyone else then the "Stick the Dealer" rule does apply! The turned down card is placed face down on the kitty. COUNT YOUR CARDS! Misdeals are re-dealt. Bidding starts with the Eldest hand (left of the dealer), after the dealing has ended.


Bidding

The ONLY LANGUAGE which is allowed during the bidding is: "PASS", "PICK IT UP", or ALONE. The bidder may not use descriptive phrases that give clues such as "Let's try clubs", "I think I can", and so on. A warning is given (for the first time), and then for subsequent offenses, the offending team loses its right to bid and the non offending team is awarded two points. On 2nd round bidding, the bidder must state their intentions by saying the name of the suit (The turned down suit cannot be called). Another player may request (order) the dealer to pick up the up card with any holding. A "NATURAL TRUMP" is NOT required. The dealer's partner may tell his partner to "Pick it up" and will NOT be required to go alone. 


ALONE (LONERS)


A team declaring a Loner must clearly state this intention by saying "ALONE". Please do not use phrases such as "I'm trying it", or "Sit this one out, partner", "It's all mine," etc. When a player declares a Loner, his/her partner MUST drop their hand, face down on the table, in the MIDDLE position, (not to their left or right side). The partner is not allowed to look at the kitty during a loner attempt. 

"Defending loners" (see definition below) are NOT allowed. 


PLAY OF CARDS


Cards are NOT to be tossed to the middle of the table!! Instead, each player makes their play by placing a card in front of them on the table. ( Form a " square ") Then each person pushes their card to the winner of each trick. The person winning the trick neatly puts it face down in their area. The person that takes the trick must retrieve the trick and store it in front of them. DO NOT push a trick that you have taken to your partner for storage so the tricks will be all together. Each player must rake in their own trick! This must be done to enable the director to prove a renege! (The trick in front of you will be evidence to what suite you trumped)
If a team member bids alone, his partner may retrieve the tricks.

TRAMMING (claiming multiple winning cards in your hand at once) is NOT allowed! Cards must be played completely out! 

A card laid is a card played


TRUMP CUBE


You cannot ask "What is Trump"? The dealer will have a trump cube, and once trump is named by anyone, the dealer will discard and turn the cube to the appropriate suit and place it on top of the kitty. When the hand is over, the cube is then passed to the next dealer. 


Scoring:


* If the bidding team takes at least 3 tricks in a hand they shall receive 1 point.



* If the bidding team takes all 5 tricks they will receive 2 points.



* If one team member goes alone and takes all 5 tricks, that team shall receive 4 points



* In an  individual's   (progressive)  event, the person making the lone get 5 points and his partner gets 4. A total of 8 hands are played, with everyone dealing twice.



* If a team member goes alone and takes 3 or 4 tricks, that team shall receive 1 point.



* If bidding team fails to take 3 tricks (Euchred) the opposing team receives 2 points.



* If bidding team is Euchred on a lone the opposing team receives 2 points.



* The first team reaching a score of 10 points wins. A total of 13 points per game is possible.



IRREGULARITIES and PENALTIES


DO NOT make your own Rulings! Please call the Tournament Director (TD)  

RENEGE: - There are no exceptions to the Ruling for a Renege! Loss of bid and the non offending team is awarded two points.

RENEGE AGAINST a LONER: - the side which declares the loner, will score four points. If the declaring team reneges, the non offending team is awarded four points.

BID OUT OF TURN: - Loss of bid and the non offending team is awarded two points. The non offending team may void the out of turn bid and play alone if they wish, but do so at their teams risk.

LEAD OUT OF TURN: - Loss of bid and the non offending team is awarded two points. (4 points if on a lone call)








If you are new to the game, may I suggest reading

How to play the game of Euchre




Euchre Basics



Dealing and Calling Trump


To determine the first deal of the game, cards will be dealt face up until a player receives any Jack. ( In some circles, the first black Jack is required) That player then becomes the dealer; from there, the deal rotates clockwise each hand. Cards may be dealt by groups of 2's and 3's, or 1 at a time. The first player to the left of the dealer now has the option of naming the turned up trump. Each player in turn gets to name trump or pass.

If no one names trump in the first round, the up card is turned face down and second round bidding starts. Players may then name one of the three remaining suits trump. If on second round everyone passes then dealer must name trump. Once a suit has been named trump, all "bidding" stops and the hand starts.

In order to not hold up other players in a multiple table tournament this 'stick the dealer' is widely endorsed.

In smaller settings the "stick the dealer rule' may be ignored and if so, then if everyone passes, in the second round, The dealer gets to re-deal. If no one names trump after two rounds of bidding the second time, then deal is passed to the player on the left.




Game Play


The player to the left of the dealer starts the hand by leading any card from his hand. Players must follow suit if possible.




Obsolete Rules
( have been replaced by standard rules )



Natural Trump - (not widely endorsed)

This rule states, you must hold the suit of the turned card in your hand before it may be picked up, or ordered into the dealers hand. Like the farmers hand, this is not widely endorsed.


Farmers Hand - (not widely endorsed)


A 'farmers hand' is a hand that contains all 9's and 10's. It is also known as 'No Ace No Face'. If anyone gets these cards. the hand is void and re-dealt by the same dealer. It is not widely endorsed


Going Under - AKA Playing bottoms - (not widely endorsed)


Going under is sometimes called playing the kitty or playing bottoms. It is also known as playing under the table
While the rule varies slightly from place to place, it allows for someone that holds a 'farmers hand' (see above) to swap any three cards from their hand with the three bottom cards that are left in the kitty.



   * As far as I can tell the above rules came about to give inexperienced players, and children a chance to win. Most euchre enthusiasts find that these rules take away from the game.




Defending or Challenging alone


This is a interesting variation on the standard set of rules, that could add an exciting twist to the game.
If a player calls alone, Another player can declare they want to defend or challenge alone. In this case, the two play against each other while their partners sit out. If the player calling the lone takes three or more tricks, their team gets 4 points. If they don't take at least 3 tricks then the opposing team gets 4 points. Only players that bid after the lone caller are eligible to defend against a lone. Player that have already passed are not.




Irregularities Not Cover in Standard Rules


The following list covers those rare situations that may come up in a euchre game, Although not covered in the standard rule set, these unwritten rules should be followed.

* If the cards are dealt by the wrong player and discovered after the hand is played, the deal stands.



* If an incorrect number of cards are found before the first lead, the hand is void and the same person deals.



* Once the up card is turned, the deal is considered complete, and naming of trump may begin.



* If an incorrect number of cards are found at any time during play, the hand is void and the deal is passed to the next player



* If 1st seat leads a card before dealer discards, the card must remain in play. It can not be retrieved. It no longer has any value. The first lead now goes to the second seat



* Dealer must be giving reasonable time to discard, but cannot be reminded to do so.



* If the dealer fails to discard, the opposition scores 2 points (or 4 points if lone hand was called by opposition).The deal is passed to the next player



* If three passes go by and bidding comes back to the dealer, he may signal that the turn up card is trump by saying “that's trump” or by simply picking up the card, and placing it in his hand.



* Should the dealer decide to pass, they may say "pass" or simply turn the card face down on top of the kitty. The kitty is then set aside and no one is allowed to look it.



* Should A player attempt a lone try and their partner plays a card, the lone call is canceled and hand is played as normal hand.



* If a renege is alleged, any team member has the right to look back at any previously played hand, he must however, wait until the hand in play is complete.



* A point must be marked before the end of the next hand. Once the next point is made, any prior points made, but not marked up are forfeited.



* If the dealer turns down a suit, then someone tries to name the same suit trump, Their team forfeits the right to bid on that hand.



* If a Card falls out of a hand, the card is left on the table and played at the first legal opportunity. The card has no value and cannot take a trick.



* When playing a card, If the card has been extended far enough that other players see what that card is, then the card is considered as having been played. It can not be placed back in hand.



* Once a hand is complete, the cards must be turned face down, and no one may look at them until the end of the round.




Euchre Terminology



Standard partners game :  Euchre is played by 4 players in 2 partnerships sitting across from one another. The first team reaching 10 points wins.



Standard progressive game :  Each player deals twice for a total of 8 deals. The highest score at the end wins. Ties go to the first team to make the tying score.



Euchre Deck :  The Euchre deck is a twenty-four card deck consisting of the
space 9, 10, J, Q, K, and A of each of the four suits.



1st seat :  is left hand opponent of the dealer (AKA LHO, eldest or west)



2nd seat :  is the dealer's partner (AKA north)



3rd seat :  is right hand opponent of the dealer (AKA pone or east



4th seat:  is the dealer (AKA south)



Off suit :  any suit but trump



Green suits :  either of the two suits that are the opposite color of trump



The kitty :  the stack of four cards left over after the deal is complete



The Bowers :  The Jack of the called trump suit is known as the 'right' bower,


The Jack of the other suit that is the same color as the trump suit, is known as the 'left' bower. These two cards are, respectively, the highest and second highest cards in any given round



Up-card :  The 21st card of the deal, aka the turn card



Hand :  The set of four cards played in succession. A hand is won by the highest
trump played in it or, if no trumps are played, by the highest card played in the suit that was led. The winner of each trick leads the first card of the next trick.



Cut card :  A card that is not use in play, but is used to cover the card on the bottom of the deck. A special cut card, or a joker can be used.



Void :  Not having holding any cards of one suit in your hand.
IE; holding all hearts means you are void in clubs, spades, and diamonds.



Going alone :  Opting to play without your partner on a particular hand.
4 points are awarded if you take all 5 tricks.
1 point awarded if 3 or 4 tricks taken.
2 points to other team if less than 3 taken.



Euchre :  Taking less than 3 tricks in a hand constitutes a euchre. The opposing team gets 2 points



Renege :  Not following suit when one is able.



Table talk :  Any remark made during the game designed to give your partner information or prevent him from making a possible mistake.





Here's what our viewers are saying

95 comments so far

According to Hoyle and Wikipedia, the dealer may pass a second time and then the deal passes to the next player.

Posted by Dave W.  on Saturday, 01.28.12 @ 08:28am| #20

Some people play by modified rules. "Stick the Dealer" is a common modified rule, where the dealer must make the call. A little more challenging ( or a playing tactic)

Posted by Richie  on Monday, 03.26.12 @ 11:52am| #57

If you're going to post rules, you might want to proofread. I found something wrong in almost every category of the Basic Partner Rules--spelling, verb tense, missing words, etc. and several items under the Advanced Rules. Seems to be a conflict as to whether, after everyone passes twice on bidding, the dealer may re-deal.

Posted by Graham  on Wednesday, 05.30.12 @ 11:46am| #92

No question my euchre skills trump my language skills. Once we get past June and the showdown tourney is over I will go back and try and fix my mistakes. Thank your for pointing these out. I hope you were able to see past these and enjoy the site.

Don...

Posted by Don  on Thursday, 06.14.12 @ 10:12am| #93

So Don,which is correct stick the dealer rule or not ?

Posted by Dino Nobilucci  on Friday, 12.14.12 @ 08:03am| #207

Stick the dealer helps speed the game up. In non tournament games, is normally determined before the start of the game.

Don

Posted by Don  on Thursday, 12.27.12 @ 14:07pm| #306

Question: To order up a suit, must you have one of the same suit in your hand? The purpose is only to prevent the other team from bidding. It happened at cards today.

Posted by Carol  on Friday, 01.18.13 @ 14:24pm| #1694

Carol

There is no rule that says you have to hold a suit in your hand before you can bid in that suit.
I have written about this on the 'Books' page at the bottom
There are some situations where bidding without trump can be to your advantage. You will find info on this on the 'tips' page

Posted by Don  on Saturday, 01.19.13 @ 18:25pm| #1735

Nicely informative but just looking for no trump call

Posted by bonnie  on Friday, 01.25.13 @ 10:04am| #1739

A VERY good combination of rules, terminology, and comments - some I'd never been familiar with!

Posted by Robin McCormack  on Monday, 01.28.13 @ 13:19pm| #1740

What happens when the dealer turns down a suit and the someone names that suit as trump?

Posted by Robert  on Thursday, 01.31.13 @ 07:20am| #1742

Robert

In most friendly games they would be told to pick another suit. In a tournament it could be considered a penalty. The bidder would loose their bid.

Posted by Don  on Thursday, 01.31.13 @ 19:18pm| #1743

If I am the dealer and the person on the left of me asked me to pick up the card, can I pick it up and then discard it.

Posted by franco  on Monday, 02.25.13 @ 14:05pm| #1765

Franco,
Yes, you can discard the pickup. ONce in a while it's the right move. Say if you had 4 aces and a green king. A nine of trump would be useless. It's also a great way to confuse your opponents.

Posted by Don  on Monday, 02.25.13 @ 14:13pm| #1766

Hello, I have a good question.this is for a 4 man game and Say I am " dealer" and I have just dealt. And the card that was flipped face up on top of the kitty was Jack of Spades.The first guy passes , then the next guy " my partner " tells me to pick up the Jack of Spades. After I " the dealer " pick up the Jack can I tell my partner who ordered me to pick it up to " stay at home " ?

Posted by robert  on Tuesday, 02.26.13 @ 11:46am| #1768

Once a partner orders up a card, they are the only one that can play alone. This is why I recommend that someone should only order the right into their partners hand if they hold three or more of that suit. The only time it would be correct to order with less than three would be if your team was at nine points and going for the win. While I'm on the subject, It is a good idea to pick up the right even if you only hold one other trump. You will then hold two possible tricks in your
hand. Just need your partner to get one for the point...

Posted by Don  on Tuesday, 02.26.13 @ 12:21pm| #1769

great site. Considering trying a tournament at parish function this fall.

Posted by Paul  on Sunday, 03.17.13 @ 13:01pm| #1783

If the scoring team forgets to take their points and the next person deals, can they still take the points?

Posted by Jason  on Tuesday, 03.19.13 @ 03:36am| #1784

All point must be marked before the end of the next hand. Once the next point is made, any prior points made, but not marked up are forfeited.

It is up to each team to track their own points, and not up to the
opposition to remind them

Posted by Don  on Wednesday, 03.20.13 @ 22:37pm| #1984

What happens when the dealer turns down a suit and the someone names that suit as trump?
Posted by Robert on Thursday, 01.31.13 @ 07:20am | #1742
Under error in bidding ***If you are playing According to Hoyle the namer and his partner may NOT name trump for that hand.*** Keep up the good work Don, and I hope to see you in June. Excellent well run tourney last year.

Posted by Tom Kartovicky  on Thursday, 03.21.13 @ 01:07am| #1985

Hi Tom,

I think we are both saying the same thing. However your answer is written much clearer. Thanks...

Posted by Don  on Thursday, 03.21.13 @ 08:32am| #2182

I have played when the rule was that you could not lead trump unless that is all you had or trump had been played on a prior hand. I have also played when trump could be lead at any time. Which is correct. Thanks

Posted by Bill  on Thursday, 03.28.13 @ 08:01am| #2193


Bill,
I had never heard of the rule of not being able to lead a trump. I did check, and it's not in any of the books I have. I'd have to say that it's some type of a local rule. The only rule is you must play the suit led if you can. You may lead any suit in your hand.

Posted by Don  on Thursday, 03.28.13 @ 10:47am| #2195

Can someone play the ace & the left bower at the same time, IF THEY DO NOT HOLD THE RIGHT BOWER. My husband says no, but how are you to know if your partner has it or its berried in the kitty? Is it ok to do this move to draw out other trump cards?

Posted by tom  on Sunday, 03.31.13 @ 08:47am| #2197

Are you asking if they can play both L+A by laying them down on the table at the same time? NO. At best, the second card would be considered a penalty card and have no value (It could no longer take a trick).
It is more likely it would be considered a play out of turn with the opposing team receiving 2 points.

BTW playing both bowers at the same time is also frowned apron, and considered very childish.

Play each card one at a time.

Posted by Don  on Sunday, 03.31.13 @ 09:22am| #2198

Don, I dealt and turn up a 9 of Spades and I have no spades but have all the other ace's but no trump can I pickup that 9 of spades and hope my partner and I can get three tricks or all of them useing this poker hand.

Posted by John  on Wednesday, 04.3.13 @ 09:53am| #2200

John,
Yes, You may pick up that nine. The chance of making a point may depend on if you partner is an aggressive or a timid bidder (after all he did pass)

Posted by Don  on Wednesday, 04.3.13 @ 11:51am| #2201

Thanks Don; I did pickup that 9 and my partner had both bowers and we got all the tricks, that's when the poop-hit-the-fan.Thanks for your judgement,they may let me play again.

Posted by John  on Wednesday, 04.3.13 @ 15:31pm| #2202

Does a player have to "make it" to go out, or can one get their 10 or 11 points from a Euchre ?

Posted by Alan  on Saturday, 04.20.13 @ 23:54pm| #2213

There is no requirement in euchre that says your have to bid to go out. It's the first team to reach 10 or more points. If your are at 8 points and the other team gets euchred... Well congratulations, you have just won.

Posted by Don  on Sunday, 04.21.13 @ 07:02am| #2214

I had the Jack of Clubs. Jack of Spades turns up. I had no other spades in my hand. Major war broke out by opposition by saying I had no trump. I say I had trump when I put my hand on the pick up card. Am I wrong or was I playing with a poor loser when I managed to eke out the point?

Posted by Diana  on Monday, 04.22.13 @ 09:39am| #2215

Yes,I've been in a couple of those battles myself. THERE IS NO RULE IN EUCHRE THAT SAYS YOU HAVE TO HOLD A TRUMP IN YOUR HAND TO ORDER OR PICK UP A CARD. and those that say there is.. well prove it. No on-line euchre game plays like that, No major tournament does, it's not in any book on euchre rules.

This question comes up from time to time. All you can do is try an educate the uninformed.

Posted by Don   on Monday, 04.22.13 @ 11:00am| #2216

question ?? when playing 3 handed euchre can you deal cards 1 at the time to the dummy hand or must you throw them in all at the same time ?

Posted by Paul  on Monday, 04.29.13 @ 09:40am| #2224

Paul, The cards for the dummy (kitty) should be dealt in a group.
The only exception would be if the entire hand was dealt one at a time.

Posted by Don  on Monday, 04.29.13 @ 09:42am| #2225

when does a person have to declare farmers hand?

Posted by drew  on Monday, 04.29.13 @ 22:08pm| #2226

Nice site

Posted by Debbie Stropes  on Saturday, 06.1.13 @ 21:29pm| #2241

Is it common to play with bottoms? This involved a heated debate last night, whereas I have always played it that way and they have never heard of it.

Posted by Jeff Kuehl  on Sunday, 06.2.13 @ 13:26pm| #2244

By "bottoms" do you mean trade some of your cards in for the ones in the kitty?

Those type of rules are meant for those that are just learning to play.

Posted by Don  on Sunday, 06.2.13 @ 18:47pm| #2245

What about partners best? Where does that come into play

Posted by Adam  on Monday, 06.10.13 @ 10:17am| #2248

Partner's Best is where a player that is going alone can exchange one or more cards with his partner.

As with the above answer, these type of rules are meant for those that are just learning to play. In adult Euchre, as in life, you play the cards your dealt.

Posted by Don  on Monday, 06.10.13 @ 10:49am| #2249

I like it. Beautiful answer to the partners best question Don. You must be part psychologist.

Posted by Tom Kartovicky  on Tuesday, 06.25.13 @ 16:46pm| #2259

I cannot show in a rule book, Don, but I can tell you that I have been playing euchre for 50 years (learned at my father's knee as a girl and played in many many bar and club tournaments in NE Ohio for a quarter a game a dollar a euchre--these were tournaments with old guys who had played for many years before me) and if you picked up or ordered w/o trump in your hand you would have been shown the door or more colorfully put--drawn back a stump:). Euchre is one of those games that people have sought to codify retroactively.

Posted by Lisa  on Monday, 07.1.13 @ 21:54pm| #2266

Lisa,

The fact that you can't show me in a rule book may be a hint. I'm sure you noticed as you were searching for the nonexistent rule, that these rule books cover every possible situation that comes up in a game, but yet you think they forgot to mention anything about needing a suit in your hand before calling that suit trump? It may just be possible that you are wrong.
And it may be possible that those that taught you were wrong.
Retroactive? There are books on this site that go back to the 1800's. They were some of the many sources of information that were used
in the formation of these rules.

You know, when I was young, my dad believed that you should eat a spoon full of Vicks Vapor Rub as a cure for a cold. Yet the company that manufacturers Vicks, says if ingested, Poison Control should be called immediately.

Sorry dad, you knew a lot about many things, but not everything about everything

Posted by Don  on Monday, 07.1.13 @ 22:42pm| #2268

Is the card considered played if the hand is still holding the card, and while the player is placing the card on the table, he/she realizes he/she would be guilty of a renege later if this card is played? Can the player pull the card back, replace it in his/her hand and play another card that follows suit? In other words, is the card considered played if the player's hand is still on the card enabling the player to pull it back? Is it of any consequence that all players saw the card's face? Thank you for your time, interest,and consideration.

Posted by Barb  on Thursday, 07.4.13 @ 22:18pm| #2986

This is another great question and I will be adding the answer to the 'Rare situations' section above

The key to answering this is in your last line. If the card has been
extended far enough that other players see what that card is, then the
card is considered as having been played.

Posted by Don  on Friday, 07.5.13 @ 08:51am| #2987

Thank you for your quick response, Don. I stayed up last night to read some of your "Tips Info," and much of what I read, I did not know. I hope I remember some of it when I get to play again; euchre is a fascinating game. I intend to read more "Tips Info" as it was too much for me to take in at only one sitting.

I am grateful for your site and that you take and answer questions. Thank you for having taken a great deal of time to set up and add to your site. You are thorough and state things clearly! Making clear statements about play and giving clear explanations are quite difficult. You and your efforts are appreciated!

Posted by Barb  on Friday, 07.5.13 @ 11:27am| #2988

Thanks for the kind words, I'm glad you find the site helpful.

I have found that the people that read a page or two, play a few games, then come back and reread those pages are the ones that get the most out of this site. Once someone is happy with the results, Take the next couple of pages and repeat

Posted by Don  on Friday, 07.5.13 @ 14:32pm| #2990

If my opponent reneges when playing it alone and still gets three tricks, they are considered euchred, do we get 2 points or 4 points on that set?

Posted by bob  on Tuesday, 07.9.13 @ 12:16pm| #2992

From standard Rule Set Above

RENEGE AGAINST a LONER: - the side which declares the loner, will score four points. If the declaring team reneges, the non offending team is awarded two points.

Posted by Don  on Tuesday, 07.9.13 @ 12:23pm| #2993

if I'm the dealer and i turn up the 10 of hearts , i have the jack of hearts and the jack of diamonds in my hand can i pick up the 10 of hearts

Posted by glen  on Saturday, 07.13.13 @ 23:55pm| #2996

You sure can...

Posted by Don  on Sunday, 07.14.13 @ 12:46pm| #2997

when a hand is played and the cards are taken in by the winning team should those cards be turned over or left up? have been taught that the cards should be turned over after a hand is played.

Thanks

Posted by Paul Green  on Monday, 07.15.13 @ 23:41pm| #2999

Kathy,

The cards should always be turned face down once the hand is complete. One of the main ability’s of a good card player is being able to remember what has been played. I talk more about this in the Tips section on counting cards

Posted by Don  on Tuesday, 07.16.13 @ 08:25am| #3000

Referencing Posting # 2986/2987
Sorry Don but if I don't someone else may.
Assuming that we are playing according to Hoyle,
witch I believe we are, under irregularities, an exposed card
must be left face up on the table and
played at the first legal opportunity.
BTW I must say that I like your solution.
You are a great tournament director and run a
terrific tournament.

Posted by Tom Kartovicky  on Tuesday, 07.16.13 @ 20:31pm| #3001

Yes, most of these rules use Hoyle as a guideline. However, as the Hoyle rule implies that the an exposed card still has some value, a change was needed. In the situation above, allowing a player to show a card then place it back in their hand is just inviting cheating. Any exposed card gives away to much information. Rules have to adapt to assure fair play...

I hope you don't mind if I transfer your comment on ShowDown to the proper page

Posted by Don  on Wednesday, 07.17.13 @ 09:35am| #3002

This is an excellent summary of the game. There is one error under "Euchre Basics" in the first section titled "Dealing and Calling Trump". After the deal, the section reads: "The first player to the right of the dealer now has the option of naming the turned up trump." It is the player to the left of the dealer who starts the bidding.

Posted by Steve  on Tuesday, 08.6.13 @ 23:35pm| #3010

OPPS... Fixed
Thanks for pointing that out to me

Posted by Don  on Wednesday, 08.7.13 @ 13:30pm| #3011

Found your site very useful and most interesting.Was playing last night and the opponent reniges while I was playing a lone hand.Believe me I will show him the rules.Thank You

Posted by wellis  on Monday, 09.2.13 @ 09:05am| #3023

There is a place that I play that the rules say, if someone reneges, the hand is played over. Guess when most reneges happen...

Posted by Don  on Monday, 09.2.13 @ 09:31am| #3024

what are the rules if you are playing in a tourney and you are playing as individuals, not as partners?

Posted by Pete Kirley  on Monday, 09.16.13 @ 06:51am| #3028

These rules work equally well in partners and and individual events. Note that in an individuals event, The person successfully making a lone call gets 5 points, but their partner only gets four.

Posted by Don  on Monday, 09.16.13 @ 10:15am| #3029

Thanks for the info.

Posted by anita  on Sunday, 09.22.13 @ 22:10pm| #3034

I was playing in a tournament tonight and I had a crazy thing happen to me. The dealer was to my right and after I pasted the dealers partner to my left told the his partner the dealer to pick it up. On the last trick I noticed that I had two cards left. I looked at the dealers kitty and she had only three cards instead of four. I then said that we get two points or it's my deal. The tournament leader said the the team that called trump gets two points because I should have noticed that I had six cards. I freaked out. What should have happened?

Posted by Jeff Thomas   on Wednesday, 10.23.13 @ 20:42pm| #3053

The hand should have been declared void.

All misdeals are to be re-dealt. This is and always has been the rule regarding misdeals. See the section titled 'Euchre Books' The Law and Practice of the Game of Euchre (1862) law 10.

Posted by Don  on Thursday, 10.24.13 @ 09:04am| #3055

This site is great! Is stealing the deal against the rules?

Posted by Dave  on Monday, 11.25.13 @ 10:11am| #3079

Only if you get caught. Most times it's just part of the game.

Posted by Don  on Monday, 11.25.13 @ 10:28am| #3080

great site . I dream about hands like this

Posted by perk  on Monday, 12.16.13 @ 11:53am| #3092

What happens if the stolen deal is noticed before the hand is played?

Posted by Steve  on Sunday, 12.22.13 @ 01:36am| #3107

Hate it when that happens lol
The deal goes back to whoever should have dealt

Posted by Don  on Sunday, 12.22.13 @ 08:03am| #3108

Cant find this in any rules...once a trick is taken, I believe the cards must be turned down and cannot be looked at again, by any player. Can anyone confirm this rules?

Posted by Leslie  on Saturday, 01.4.14 @ 18:42pm| #3123

Yes, the cards have to be turned down till the end of the round

That should have been included in the rules a long time ago. Sorry that it wasn't, but it's fixed now.

Posted by Don  on Saturday, 01.4.14 @ 18:56pm| #3124

Thanks Don...the table is still arguing with me! But I'm sticking to my guns on this one.

Posted by Leslie  on Saturday, 01.4.14 @ 19:47pm| #3125

A question for a situation I can't find an answer to: If two players on opposing teams both renege in the same hand, what happens? Is the hand/round void? Is the player who first reneged at fault? Thanks,

Posted by Max  on Thursday, 01.23.14 @ 16:07pm| #3134

On the second round of bidding, my partner names a suit for trump and I see I have No Ace No face No Trump. Do I have to declare it or keep quiet and let my partner try to score?

Posted by Tom  on Tuesday, 02.4.14 @ 05:59am| #3140

I assume your playing where you re-deal if you hold "no ace no face' In second round you must have all ready looked at your cards as you passed first round. The deal stands as is. You don't get to see if your partner can bid then ask for re-deal if they can't. In most circles that have that rule, you must declare new deal before any bidding takes place.

A better way to play is that there is no re-deal except on a misdeal. You play what you get.

Posted by Don  on Tuesday, 02.4.14 @ 10:02am| #3141

Renege during a loner
If the maker of trump is awarded four points for a renege,
the value of the renege has changed. Thus it follows that the opposing team should also receive four points if the maker of trump reneges

Posted by john  on Sunday, 02.9.14 @ 12:34pm| #3144

Your are correct and it has been changed to four points.

Posted by don  on Friday, 02.21.14 @ 14:47pm| #3150

I have a question. I've been told that it's an unwritten rule that you never trump your partner's ace, even if you have a person still to play after you. Is this true? This is one rule I keep getting preached at me, though I'm absolutely certain it's saved many a hand for my partner and me.

Posted by Cecilia  on Wednesday, 02.26.14 @ 14:08pm| #3155

Actually, It is a written rule in the The Commandments of Euchre. It is a rule that new players should follow. That being said, There are times when the correct play would be to trump your partners ace. Most times these would be when you could control the rest of the hand. Other times may be when your looking to change who has the lead. It can be a winning play as long as it is used correctly. Watch for a write-up on this subject coming this spring...

Posted by Don  on Thursday, 02.27.14 @ 09:10am| #3156

Question: How many lone hands are allowed in one game?

Posted by Lois  on Friday, 03.21.14 @ 18:51pm| #3184

The most lones possible would be 5. Two by the losing team and three by the winners. To the best of my knowledge, that game has yet to be played.

If we are talking about progressive, the most I have ever seem in one 8 round game is 5. The score at the end of the round was 22 to 1.
The only limit would be score or the number of rounds played...

Posted by Don  on Friday, 03.21.14 @ 19:28pm| #3185

We were playing at a family get together. I was told that I could not deal the cards one at a time. That it was the rule of Euchre to deal 2's and 3's. I said it was my choice. Was I wrong? I gave in to get along, but I wondered if it was an official rule?
2nd obstacle was our counters, we started using 2's and 3's as counters.
One of the family members said you had to use 5's, that 2's and 3's was a way to confuse and cheat. I gave in again,
chances are I will not play with these family members in the future.
Thank You

Posted by Coach  on Saturday, 04.26.14 @ 10:21am| #3208

In the United States, back in the early days, most rules would call for a deal of 2's and 3's, while in Canada most rules would call for a deal of one at a time. In today's modern world both methods are completely acceptable and both are used in euchre events world wide. It is generally accepted that the same method of deal should be used during the entire game.

As I'm sure your aware 2's and 3' were the standard score keepers back in the old days, when euchre was played to 5 points. As the game changed and was played to ten point a method was devised to still use 2's + 3's to show scores to 10 points. In some circles 6's and 4's are used in others 5's and 5's. All are acceptable.
A possible solution here may be to use one of our custom made score keepers available to the store section

Posted by Don  on Saturday, 04.26.14 @ 11:14am| #3209

We are running a euchre party /tournament down under in Australia using a king table format can you find any rules showing this format.
i.e winners on the king table sit and don't change partners losers move 1 to their partners chair 1 to the next table. Which means if like last night I and my partner (even though it is a singles situation) cannot be beaten on the night by people who have to change partners. YES I know ! Sore winners syndrome but I feel it unfair to everyone else but spent the rest of the night and half of today googling and cannot find any rules on this format .
I am 68 & have played in these parties when in my school days but Al Symers wont let me remember the rules when trying to run a great nights entertainment would be appreciative if you could find rules for this format thanks..

Posted by John Linnane  on Saturday, 06.21.14 @ 22:41pm| #3223

Hi Don...Great Site....Q.A player pauses at length at their parteners turned up card and then the partener (dealer) picks up the card. Should this not be an automatic miss deal?

Posted by Larry  on Tuesday, 07.1.14 @ 08:44am| #3225

The simple answer is Yes, it should be re-dealt, as it always gives some information to the partner. Hesitations or delays in bidding are always a problem. Sometimes there is a very fine line between what is acceptable and what is not. Social games tend to be more forgiving.

Posted by Don  on Tuesday, 07.1.14 @ 10:28am| #3226

Dealer picks up turned up card and says nothing for about 20 seconds. My partner is arranging cards, and before he plays, dealer says I'm going alone. I call foul, but dealer says he can do that because no card has been played yet. Could you offer your opinion please?

Posted by Mike  on Tuesday, 07.15.14 @ 10:19am| #3240

That's a tough one to answer. On the surface I would have to say the bid was OK.
No one that plays euchre likes any type of delay.
Depending on the players history with such bids, I would say a warning
about hesitation may be appropriate. (also see the above post.)

Posted by Don  on Tuesday, 07.15.14 @ 12:01pm| #3241

always played where you had to have a natural to order or pick up. lone bar in your hand isn't trump till the other bar is in your hand. some play differently. your rules for wrong number of cards being dealt have two different answers. once the top of the kitty is turned up the dealer loses his deal if the number is wrong. Are some of these rules from another country, such as Europe? Dealer was completely in the right. When other team picks it or is ordered by his partner, my lead hits the table, after the discard, to prevent " alone ."

Posted by steven  on Saturday, 08.23.14 @ 11:00am| #3267

what is the hoyle's rule on ordering up your partner? Does that mean you have to go alone or does your partner play along with you?

Posted by carol  on Wednesday, 10.8.14 @ 13:24pm| #3280

Whats the penalty for someone who calls a renege and demands to see the cards, when one did not occur?

Posted by elliot  on Saturday, 11.22.14 @ 08:09am| #3292

Carrol, In a standard euchre game, you do not need to go alone when ordering your partner. In Canada and some other parts of the world, there is a variation of euchre where one must play alone when ordering partner

Posted by Don  on Saturday, 11.22.14 @ 09:13am| #3293

Elliot, In most social games, an incorrect renege call is overlooked. In competitive games, a two point penalty may be imposed

Posted by Don  on Saturday, 11.22.14 @ 09:25am| #3294

If my partner orders up trump, am I allowed to go alone; in the standard set of rules?

Posted by Dave  on Saturday, 11.29.14 @ 07:01am| #3295

No, Once someone orders up a suit no-one else can go alone. This is why it's not a good idea to order the right into your partners hand with only 2 small trump in yours.

Posted by Don  on Saturday, 11.29.14 @ 07:07am| #3296

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