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The phrase "practice makes perfect" is a false one. To rise above mediocrity, it takes "enlightened" Practice, most often with the aid of someone or something else. Improvements take practice. A Critical attitude of what needs to be improved certainly helps, many "old-timers" tend to "practice" the same way time after time. The information is given here is a step in the right direction.


I remember lots of games of Euchre in high school. I would play 2 man Euchre with a guy in my homeroom every morning. I would play 4 player Euchre in senior English class. The best games of Euchre, however, were with my girlfriend (now wife) and her grandparents. We would sit at her house for hours playing Euchre. We now live on the west coast, and will be visiting family in Ohio in the spring. Nice to know Euchre is still alive and well in Ohio. I may even find time to get out and play a few games


I Grew up in Michigan. We used to play it constantly all the time I was college. It’s a game that goes very well with beer. When I moved to California, I found that no one had ever heard of it. Repeated attempts to explain the rules were met with blank stares. Now I live in Europe and I wouldn’t even try. I miss the old days. We have some good times playing cards back then.


I don't remember exactly when I learned to play, but my parents claim that they taught me before I was old enough to go to school. I didn't believe them at first. I didn't think any five y.o. would be able to or willing to learn euchre. My uncle Bill told the same story so it must have been true. I do remember playing with the family while growing up. I also remember being mocked mercilessly if I made a mistake. My dad still plays quite often. I havent played in years as I now live in Texas, no one has heard of euchre down here.


I've enjoyed looking around this web site. It brings back a lot of good memories. I was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH where I were raised on goetta and eggs. I attended college at the Univ. of Cincinnati, where I majored in Math and minored in Euchre. As a young person, I hung around while the grownups played euchre. I would wind up fetching beers and sodas for the players (and Grandpa always slipped me a quarter for the service). As i got a little older, I got to be a "pee player". This was when I could sit in and play one of the adults' hands while they visited the restroom. Older still. I got my own seat at the table, but the Grandparents would put up the money for my ante. I feel like a real adult when I was finally allowed to risk my own allowance money at the table. Ah, the good old days. I now live in Cold Springs, Nevada, and NOBODY here plays it. It's one of the many things I miss about Ohio.


Hi! Was playing a game yesterday and lost because my partner threw his right instead of his 9 because he didn't want to get over-trumped. The guy in the last seat ended up following suit but then won the next hand with the left. Anyway, it got me thinking... is there a strategy for laying trump to avoid getting over-trumped but also to be able to win later hands. I did not see any articles on here specifically about that and I thought it would be interesting to hear your take on it. Personally, I always lay my lowest trump if I don't have to follow suit, unless the guy next to me is double suiting.

ANSWER

There is a general rule of thumb that you should trump next high and trump green low. In the hand you describe, I’m assuming that an ace was lead and this was the first lead of the suit. (As I’m sure you’re aware the second lead of a suit changes everything) Still, a couple of questions come to mind. Was this the first play of the hand? How many tricks did the other team have? Was the maker the one that had the last play? Did you partner have a singleton ace to lead after taking the trick. These things should the taken into consideration when trumping in.


Dealer has J clubs A club 9 clubs A diamond 10 diamond and A hearts. . He calls lone hand. Does he get rid of A hearts or 10 diamond.

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I would discard the 10D. After first lead you will still have 2 trump and 2 aces or 3 trump and 1 ace. If you discard the aceH you may end up with 2 trump and aceD. If left,king,and a small trump are all out and in the same hand a euchre is possible. By having 2 off aces if needed you can use one to draw out their trump and still make a point. Play it safe and go for the point first. Getting euchred on a lone call is not fun.

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I just found this site and found it very educational. I would like your opinion on someting. Is it acceptable to cheat at euchre, intentional reneging, for example? If so, how do you do it well and how do you protect yourself from cheaters? Thanks.

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Cheating can be described as any deliberate violation of the rules that is intended to give someone an advantage. That would include intentional renege's.
Careful observation of your opponents is required. Watch for patterns to emerge. Do they do something only when holding the right? Do they respond one way when they can help their partner and a different way when they can not?
Cheating takes away from the integrity of the game and should never be tolerated.


In an online euchre app I've been playing for about a year, I've been stuck in the 40-50 range out of a possible 100, rated below average to average. After studying your lessons for a week, I'm now near 70 and rated excellent. You provide some of the most practical advice I've ever gotten. Thanks. Bob

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