Monday, October 02, 2006

A euchre society in Michigan

While stumbling around the web I found this euchre charter for the creation of a Euchre Society at the University of Michigan.

Right away I find it amusing because one of the stated purposes of the society is to "have a damn good time."

But they lose me a little bit in the Composition section where they state that "Members will be inducted only during the awards ceremony...". Inducted members in a euchre society? Ridiculous. Why would you need to have formal membership in a euchre society?

Next they have elelctions and leaders and everything. Very formal. Should euchre be this formal?

The Amendments provide some of the more interesting aspects of this document.

First, it is evident that they play euchre the same way that we play it here in Chicago.

Second, they leave the option of scoring with the 5s or the 6 & 4. We've previously discussed scoring systems and are advocates of the 6 &4 method. Or if you can get them, we also encoursage the use of the euchredoodledandy.

I then find it interesting that they use the term "bid". At least one euchre guru squawks about how this is just wrong terminology. And maybe he is right that it was not originally part of the euchre lexicon but it is so widespread now, that it seems reasonable for everyone to accept that the term "bid" is ok to use for the ordering rounds.

The rest of the rules are pretty standard, although I wonder how they handle scoring for a reneg during a loner. That is to say what if one team is going for a loner and the opponents reneg? Does the former get awarded 4 points or just 2 as indicated in the rules? How does the rest of the Euchre Universe handle this?

There is a list of variations that they don't accept (No Trump for example) and that is notable too. In our league we also accept only the Screw the Dealer variation. It's nice to know that if I'm ever at the University of Michigan I'll be able to play euchre like we do in Chicago.

6 comments:

Harvey "the Rabbit" Lapp said...

As far as this part of the euchre Universe goes (Las Vegas, NV to be exact), most of the players have been imported from scattered locations throughout the mid-west euchre Galaxy, so we've had to take their foreign variations into account when devising our rules.
VegasEuchre tournaments awards the lone-makers four points when their opponents revoke.
Folding lousy hands is not allowed.
Also, since half of our original crowd liked STD and the other half didn't, we compromised: We call it "surrender." The dealer must call trump after the rest have passed twice, or surrender the deal and allow the opponents to score one point. I really like the way this rule has worked out. Sometimes it is best to give up the point, and other times it is best to gamble. It creates additional strategy, while also keeping the gamepace steady.

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Anonymous said...

As far as reneging on a loner, it "should" be 4 points, otherwise it would be abused.

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