Euchre QOD: “Losing sucks.”
Play tough all season
Build a big second game lead
Lose to a loner
“Promotion” – Increasing the power of a lower card in any suit. This occurs when any of the higher cards are played on an earlier trick. For example, if you have the Left Bower and the Right Bower is played on an earlier trick, the Left is “promoted” to the highest ranked card.
Well, we went down. Finished in 5th or 6th place. So troubling. We started out so well too and our opponents were not what I’d call “tough”. In the first game, my partner and I cruised to a 9-3 victory. The second game started well too. We were up 6-3 and my partner was dealing. Clubs is turned up and I have nothing so I pass. Both opponents pass and my partner picks it up. First opponent leads Ace of hearts and I have to follow as does my partner. Next comes the Ace of spades which I follow with a nine. This time my partner trumps in. She next leads the Jack of hearts which gets trumped low by our opponents and I have to follow suit. Opponent shows the Right bower and we’re set moving the score to 6-5. Her hand was two suited with three trump and two hearts. Not a bad call but an unlucky lie of the cards.
On our opponents deal, he orders up a King of Diamonds and makes a point (6-6). On my deal, I turn up the Nine of clubs (my favorite suit). The opponent to my left says “Alone”. Of course, I have nothing higher than a Queen in my hand and the 9 is my only trump. He lays down the top 4 trump and my partner and I throw out our garbage. He then tries to float the King of Diamonds. My partner holds the Ace of hearts, I lay down my highest card (Queen of Diamonds) and we lose the game. 6-10 Terrible luck!!
The final game of the match starts with us being euchred on the same hand that my partner was euchred on in the previous game two suited, three trump hand. (0-2). Next our opponent deals himself a hidden loner (didn’t turn up a bower) and he makes it (0-6). The rest is a slow bleed until we lose 5-10. We tried a couple of loners to get back into it but it just wasn’t meant to be.
It was a good season for us. But I think with a few different calls we could have won this match. Yes, we would have had to play perfect euchre, but the potential for us to win was there. Sometimes, your play won’t matter and you’ll lose. That’s euchre. This wasn’t one of those times.
Euchre Strategy Question of the Week
The score is 6-3 and you are dealer. You order it up with the following hand…
Ace of Clubs
King of Clubs
Ten of Clubs
Queen of Hearts
Ten of Hearts
The first card lead is the Ace of Hearts and everyone follows suit. The opponent next leads the Ace of Spades. Your partner follows suit as does your right hand opponent. You trump with the Ten of Clubs.
What should you play next? Ace of Clubs, King of Clubs, or Queen of Hearts?
We’ll discuss the answer later in the week.