Thursday, March 23, 2006

Hand Review - What to Do

Euchre QOD: “Rules are regional”

Euchre Haiku:
We screw the dealer
They score with the five markers
Rules change, not the game

Euchre Palaver
“Skunk” – When you beat your opponents (or in the unbelievable event that they beat you) 10-0. In some euchre leagues where points count towards season placing you can score up to 13 points by making a loner when your team has 9 points.

Savvy Strategies
Let’s review the hand from the other day.
You have Ace, King, Queen of clubs (trump), and Queen & Ten of diamonds as below.

The Ace of diamonds is led and you have to follow as does your partner.
The Ace of spades is led next and your partner follows. You trump the trick to win.
What do you lead next?

I used the euchre laboratory to set up the scenario and randomly deal the rest of the cards. It turns out that most of the time you are going to lose (7 out of 10 times that I ran it). But in the 3 times that you do win, leading trump is the only way you could win. So, based on this tiny sampling, I’d say that the trump lead gives you the best chance to win. Primarily because it forces your opponents to trump. Since most of the hands will be void of diamonds at this point, leading diamonds gives them the option not to play trump. Your partner’s trump only matters if it’s high. A low trump would likely be overtrumped when she tries to ruff anyway.

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Macky Olé said...

Good point on leading trump, and one that not many people even consider. It is especially true in this case as you would keep the Qd, which after the diamonds have been lead is likely the highest d left. Then you lead your trump ace and (hopefully) bleed out the R and L. Maybe your partner takes that, if not you are all set for at least one and hopefully two more with your remaining K and Q trumps and your highest remaining d. This works all the time for me, and yet so few people use it. I think it's one of the great strategic secrets of euchre.

Perry said...

Thanks for the comments. It's funny how afraid people are to lead trump. In general, it's better to "lead 'em if ya got 'em"

Love the picture!