Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Ordering against tight players

Euchre QOD: “Conservatives can’t win at euchre.”

Euchre Haiku:
Marching with my cards
Without bowers or aces
Not a simple task.

Euchre Palaver
“March” – This is when your team gets all the tricks and scores 2 points (or 4 if it’s a loner). This is also known as a “sweep”.

League night. Well, last night was a bit of a disappointment. The cards turned on us and never gave us a break. We lost the first 3 games of our 5 game match. The capper was being up 9-5 and losing 9-10. I ordered a weak one at 9-5 (holding only the ace and king of trump). It was close but we went set. They marched the next hand and won the next hand even though we were the dealing team. We did manage to win the next 2 games but at that point, the match was lost. Our opponents were nice enough and pretty good players too.

At least one of them was a real conservative bidder. She passed some really strong hands. And it reminded me that when you are playing against conservative bidders, you’ve got to become more conservative yourself. You don’t have to worry about loners so much so let them have their 1 point. You can be aggressive on the loner calls but conservative on everything else.

Euchre on the Web
Here’s a pretty good collection of euchre stuff. The strategy section is ok but light on details and not always correct. These are some good starting euchre pages.

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