Monday, February 27, 2006

Laying down and cutting

Euchre QOD: “Euchre is not for the passive.”

Euchre Haiku:
Order when you can
Pass only when you have to
That’s winning euchre.

Euchre Palaver
“Hook” – A common term for a Jack. (The J looks a bit like a hook, right?) You will often hear people calling for a “hook” to be turned over when they are dealing.

Savvy Strategies
Always cut the deck!! Manipulating a deck of euchre cards is one of the easiest bits of card manipulation that you can do. Even the sloppiest dealer can easily force a hook to be the fourth card from the bottom. The method is simply gathering up the cards after a hand is played out and making sure a Jack is at the bottom of the pack. Give the deck a shuffle making sure the Jack stays at the bottom. Then move three cards to the bottom as if you are randomly shuffling. And finally, give the pack another shuffle but leave the bottom four cards at the bottom. Simple stuff. Cutting the deck ensures more randomness and is the most effective way to foil this simple cheat.

League Night
It’s league night again tonight. I see we’ve dropped to 14th place. Luck was not with us last week but our position is fine. The real important position is where we end up in the play-offs. During the regular season, the only critical place is to end up in the top 32. Worse than that, you don’t make the play-offs.

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