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Learn how to Play Euchre - Lesson 10

Advanced Play Examples, page 3

It's always fun to euchre the maker


Last update on: Dec 12, 2018

Going for an Euchre

It is not typically very easy to euchre the maker, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try. Look at the following example:

Table Position
Advance Euchre Example 10

The dealer sits in the West position and picks up the queen of hearts. North seat starts the hand by leading the jack of spades.

Advance Euchre Example 10

East plays the king of spades. South uses their ace to take the trick. The maker(W) must follow suit and plays his 9. His opponents have taken the first trick.

Advance Euchre Example 10

South now leads the ace of clubs. The maker(W) trumps in with the queen.

If you were sitting in North, what card would you play now?


Advance Euchre Example 10

Would you overtrump trump the queen? Holding the left - 10 already assures you of a second trick. Ask yourself; is there any way to achieve a euchre? Your team has one trick and you hold a second one in your hand. You have a perfect opportunity to rid your hand of an unneeded card, the 9 of diamonds. If your partner can get a trick, it's euchre time.
Both teams have one trick.


Advance Euchre Example 10

After taking that trick, the maker(W) leads his queen of spades. North is now thinking the maker could be trying to set the hand up for an endplay. North knows that the best way to avoid helping the maker is not being in the lead. This leaves him with only one good choice; throw off the ace of diamonds. This may be the correct play for another reason. His partner had taken the first trick with the ace of spades, yet didn't try a spade lead-though. That could be an indication that he was void in spades.

Advance Euchre Example 10

Sometimes things work out exactly as planned and by North giving up the ace, it paved the way for South to take a trick with the 9. Now, no matter what happens, the E/W team is euchred.


Going into recovery mode

Sometimes you need a 'plan b'


Experienced players like to try as many lone calls as possible. Some of these may be very risky; however, the reward of 4 points is oh so tempting!

Take a look at the hand below, the dealer is in the South position.

Euchre hand Example 1

The bidding gets passed around, the dealer picks up the 9 of spades and calls alone.

Euchre hand Example 1

East starts the hand with an initial lead of the 10 of hearts. East trumps in with the ace. This was the last thing the maker wanted to see.

What should you do next?

Euchre hand Example 1

Overtrumping with the right is often an invitation for a euchre. The first thing you need to do is give up on trying to make your lone call. It is highly unlikely that will happen. Instead, it's time for a 'plan b'. With a little luck, you still should be able to salvage a point. Because queen of diamonds can't help much, this would be a good chance to rid your hand of it.
Your opponents have taken the first trick.

Euchre hand Example 1

Now West, seeing that the maker just threw off a diamond, leads back the 9 of diamonds. The maker(S) takes the trick with the ace. That gives him one trick.

Euchre hand Example 1

Next, the maker leads the right. Everyone follows suit and that gives him a second trick.

Euchre hand Example 1


The maker still needs one last trick. There may be more trump out against him. When you're not that strong in trump, the best way to draw out any possible trump is by using an off-suit ace. The maker leads the ace of clubs. As it turned out the ace was good.

If you go back and look at the complete hand, you'll see that even if they had taken their partner along it was likely only a one point hand. It's normally the same with most unsuccessful lone attempts. Why not go for the lone and the four points it may bring.




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