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Updated on: Mar 12, 2022

Welcome to our Euchre community

Ohio Euchre welcomes players of all skill levels (new, experienced, and advanced) interested in furthering their knowledge of Euchre. We offer support and advice to any player that wants to participate in and excel at the game of Euchre.

    Our core Euchre principles are reflected in the Lessons and Tips Sections of this website. You can test your knowledge with our Quiz. You will enjoy our website and forum much more as you master the "Euchre Quiz." This quiz is challenging as well as highly educational.

    Our Community Forum is intended to be a friendly and Euchre-focused discussions improving both the enjoyment and knowledge of winning at Euchre. Our goal is to encourage communication between members, thus allowing all to reach their full potential as euchre players.

    While using our forum, please be respectful of each other. Our website and the game of Euchre, first and always, is meant to be enjoyed by all.

Euchre, A brief description

Euchre (pronounced 'you-ker') is a classic card game introduced to America in the early nineteenth century. There are varying theories as to the origin of the game. The true beginnings are unknown and controversy persists among card historians.

Euchre is a card game that continues to enjoy worldwide popularity. Once considered the national card game of the United States, Euchre is commonly played in the Midwestern states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. There are also large concentrations of devotees in Canada, Great Britain, and Australia.

    Euchre games are generally fast-moving and tend to last less than twenty minutes. Although the rank of the cards may tend to confuse new players, Euchre has the appeal of being easy to learn, yet difficult to master.

    Games are played with four players in teams of two sitting across from one another. Euchre uses a deck of 24 cards, with the cards numbered between two and eight removed. The cards are dealt out in groups of twos and threes until each player has five cards. The last four cards are placed face down in front of the dealer. The top card of this stack is then exposed. To make a point, a team must name trump and then must take at least three out of five possible tricks in any hand. The ultimate goal is to defeat your opponents by being the first team to reach 10 points.

Euchre Rules

As with any game, it is best to start with a basic understanding of the rules. Enjoyed for over 150 years, the original game of Euchre used 32 cards and played to 5 points. Except for points and the number of cards used, early players would recognize it as the same game we play today. The list of rules presented here is built using these fundamental standards. They are designed for use in major tournaments worldwide, yet work equally well in local games.

Let's learn to play euchre

Once you have an understanding of the rules, it is time to proceed. We offer a free euchre tutorial to get you started. Let us show you the basic plays and the reasoning behind these moves. As the lessons progress, we will teach you the skills needed to win.

Improve your skills

After moving beyond the basics, we next explain some of the more complex plays. The truth is, it can be hard to play like a pro. It takes time to study and learn the various winning strategies. But once done, you get to reap the benefit of winning more games. To that end, we have compiled a list of articles that cover everything you need to know.

The all new Euchre Workshop

There was a time when the only way to test a euchre hand was to lay it out on a table and simulate playing the hand. While that worked great, if you wanted to try a different strategy you had to start over by re-dealing. However, when using the OhioEuchre workshop, re-dealing is no longer necessary.
        With the Euchre workshop you may...
1)Deal all 4 hands - Deals all 4 hands plus a turn card.
2)Select dealer + Turn - This allows you to select the dealer's hand plus the turn card.
3)Select individual seats - This allows you to select and layout all hands plus the turn card.
All card selections are saved and hands may be replayed.

Test your knowledge of euchre

Have you ever wondered how you stack up against other euchre players? This quiz was put together not only to test skill level but as a teaching tool. Now you can see where your strengths and weaknesses lay. 25 questions range from intermediate to advanced levels. Taking our QUIZ is a sure way to see where you stand.

The OhioEuchre Community Forum

Have a question on how to play a particular hand? Have advice for those new to Euchre. Just like talking Euchre with like-minded individuals. With over 1500 members and thousands of Euchre-related posts, The OhioEuchre community forum is designed for you.

Here are some currently trending topics.

    * I'm not a big fan of leading trump on a weak next call

    * Now when I order up from S2 I always assume dealer

    * If you order, what is your five card strategy

Frequently Asked Questions

    Although it does involve some work, holding your euchre tournament can be a lot of fun. All tournaments fall into two general categories, progressive and partners. Each style has its advantages and disadvantages. Although it does involve some work, holding your euchre tournament can be a lot of fun. It's also a great way to meet new people. In this section, I will cover the different types of tournaments along with what is required to make them a success.

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    Materials needed:
* Pine board 3 1/2" by 72" (makes 8 score keepers)
* 4 oz Mod Podge. (Available at Walmart)
* Small bottle wood glue
* Golf Tees
* Printed Score Sheet templates
* Drill bit Size 77 -- .018" (Check tee thickness).

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     Ace, No-Face=A hand consisting of one Ace, with the other cards being 9's or 10's.

Bagging AKA Sand bagging or Passing Dirty=This is where your opponent turns up a suit and you have strength in that suit. You are hoping they will pick it up. For the complete listing click below

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    In two-handed euchre, a standard deck of 24 cards is used. Card rank is the same as regular Euchre. As in any euchre game, cards are dealt in groups of 2's and 3's. The difference is that an additional two cards are dealt with a dummy hand. Each player receives 5 cards. The remaining cards are placed face down in front of the dealer and the top card is turned over. No one may look at any cards in the dummy hand until trump has been named. In three-handed euchre...

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    Take a trick whenever you can; it is an old euchre adage that most of us are familiar with. While beginners may use this strategy, we soon learn that this could cause us to sacrifice points in the end. In addition, it may even get us euchred. Experience teaches us that often the best approach is to sit back and wait. This is a hint, we have many others

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    Perhaps, one of the first questions new players frequently ask is 'having the first play, what card should I lead?' Let us start by assuming the other team has called trump and you have the first lead. One of the best leads would be a singleton ace.

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    Turning down a bower when having 1 other trump
Leading trump on defense
Leading trump on fourth trick
Leading right bower after calling next
Leading trump against a lone
Leading right bower against a loner

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The OhioEuchre Community Forum

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