Monday, January 30, 2006

League night

Euchre QOD: The only right way to play euchre is the way that wins.

Tonight is league night over at a local establishment here in Chicago. To track my team’s progress, here is the link.

They really do run a great league here. The format is 5 games in a night. Match winner is the team that wins the majority of games. Points are collected over the 8-week season, as are total games and matches won. Top 32 teams make the playoffs. It was this league that inspired the euchre universe. There are so many players who have no seemingly strategy or stick to standard conventions and tell me how I’m playing “wrong”. I don’t want to tell them, but I’ll tell you the strategy I’ve come up with.

When do you order it up?

If you’ve played a little bit, the first thing you are going to want to know is when you should “order it up.” The answer is easy…when you and your partner will win 3 or more tricks. When you figure that out, you’ve figured out euchre. Of course, figuring out when you will win 3 or more tricks is much harder.

Be aggressive. You won’t win euchre if you sit back and wait for your opponents to get euchred. Don’t be afraid to get set. If you are not getting euchred 1 out of every 3 times you order it up, then you are not being aggressive enough.

Tomorrow, we’ll take a look at the Point System for figuring out when a hand is worth ordering it up.

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