Thursday, April 06, 2006

Slow down, you move too fast

Euchre QOD: “Take it slow, but take it.”

Euchre Haiku:
Watch your opponents
Paying attention is hard
They slip, get the edge

Euchre Palaver
“Pips” – The symbols on the cards indicating the suit. In a standard deck these are clubs, diamonds, spades, and hearts. I have a Christmas deck that has snowmen, trees, elves and santas as the pips. Go figure.

Savvy Strategies
It would be tough to get away with this one more than once or twice but it is a nice tip to have in your back pocket.

Previously, we discussed what you should discard. We didn’t mention however, HOW you should discard.

When your opponents have ordered it up, it is best to decide what to discard slowly. Wait until they are paying attention to actually discard. You might get lucky and they will lead out a card before you have discarded. If this happens you are perfectly able to throw away the appropriate suit and ruff the trick if you can. I say this will only work once because no opponent will make that mistake many more times than once. Unless they are particularly daft or drunk players from Chicago.

Some have suggested that it is perfectly legal when the person in seat 3 orders up a loner that the dealer’s partner (who is required to lead) can start a trick prior to the dealer discarding. This allows the dealer to know exactly what to throw away! And while it may not be in the spirit of the rules, it is definitely not forbidden.

In the official Hoyle rulebook of cards they suggest that in these situations the lead should shift to the player that is left of the maker (namely the dealer). This completely negates the dealer’s discard advantage. Fortunately, no one except people from Michigan play this rule. However, I should note that during league night a few weeks ago one of my opponents pointed out this exact rule and said that it was “written in the book of Hoyle”. I was skeptical but in fact it was there. Oh well, Hoyle also says that euchre is played with 32 cards and we know that that is just not right!

Bottom line: Discard slowly to gain valuable discarding information.

Euchre on the Web
Some articles about the history of euchre…

Our pals at KUV euchre site have this to say about euchre history.

Of course, we can’t forget the wikipedia euchre entry. Feel free to add as you like.

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Harvey "the Rabbit" Lapp said...

Sir Edmund Hoyle was in fact a Whist player. Euchre was perhaps in a primitive form somewhere between Germany and France at the time that he was alive. The jamokes that write the rules for "Hoyle" today don't seem to know what in the hell they are talking about.
For instance, in my "Hoyle's Rules of Games" (Morehead,Mott,Smith 1983), they not only describe euchre as a 32 card game in which both of the partners on each team must agree on trump before it can be called. The version of Texas Hold'em and Omaha poker games are completely different than the rules that I learned in poker school. Nobody here in Las Vegas, NV play either game the way that Hoyle describes it at all.
I can go on indefinitely about this book that I've possesed for years. Much of it is absolutely NOT how the majority of players play. Therefore it is worthless in my eyes. An author that creates the rules for such a book should not copy down rules from years ago, but instead do a study of how the people of the current time era play the game (my opinion).
Anyway, Hoyle books should be considered ONLY fun reading material. People don't really play games the way they say that they do in "Hoyle" books and players shouldn't consider them any sort of card game "bible".

Perry said...

Ya know, I've had that same feeling about Hoyle books. There are so many screwy rules that just don't jive with how I play certain games. Is there anyone who publishes a great book on general card rules?

Kevin said...

I've heard pagat is the online authority. They have any game I can think of, with all sorts of variants listed.