Euchre QOD: “Take it slow, but take it.”
Watch your opponents
Paying attention is hard
They slip, get the edge
“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.
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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