Thursday, February 15, 2007

Did you know euchre could be so brutal

Euchre League update


That's the only way to describe the events of last Monday's euchre league night performance. My partner and I lost 1 game to 4. And really, we were fortunate to win the game we won.

To demonstrate how tough the games were consider the following.

Game 1. We were ahead 9-4. According to the Euchre Challenge calculator, we would win this game over 92% of the time. Well, we ended up losing. After I dealt and got us to 9-4, my left hand opponent calls herself up a loner and makes it. (9-8). My partner has a Queen of spades as the upcard while I hold 5 red cards. She turns it down, opponents call Next and score their point (9-9). Right hand opponent deals and turns up the Jack of Clubs. They make their point, we lose the game. Ouch.

Game 2: We were ahead 9-6. I have Ace, King of hearts, an Ace of Clubs and King, Nine of spades. The upcard is a Queen of hearts so I order. Left hand opponent leads Right bower, then Left. Then she leads the Ace of Spades to euchre us (9-8). Then on their deal, our opponents turn up another bower and proceed to march winning the game 9-10. Double ouch!

Game 3: We just couldn't overcome the two loners made by them. Final score 3-10.

Game 4: Frustration has peaked. After being down a few points we claw our way back to make it barn-barn (9-9). But it's their deal and the cards frown on us again. Lose 9-10.

Game 5: Now it's just laughable. We build up a pretty good lead until it's 7-4. On my deal, I look at 5 black cards and turn up Jack of hearts. In our league you can't order trump unless you have one. A forced turn down. Left hand opponent goes alone and makes it to take the lead 7-8. Then some luck. On her deal, they order. They will easily make their point until LHO realizes she didn't play the Left bower when trump was led. We catch her on the euchre and take the penalty points. (9-8) On my partner's deal, she turns up a bower and we finally win a game.

But the night was a brutal one. Our play wasn't stellar as there were a couple of times we could've euked the opponents if we played right. There was also another time when my partner could've gone alone but she thought we had 8 points instead of 6. Our strategy is to almost never go alone when you have 8 points.

So, what can you take away from this experience?

No matter how good you are, you're going to lose at euchre about 30% of the time.

To help cope, remember what we say here at the Euchre Universe. Playing well is more important than winning. At least that's what the rubber chicken keeps telling me.


Todd M. said...

"In our league you can't order trump unless you have one."

That's too bad. I really dislike this so called rule. In my opinion, this stands right up there with "partners best" and "no face, no ace" variations. Anyone who has had the opportunity of making trump, with no trump and come away looking like a genius would never implement such a rule.
The "Tens" (a game to 10 points)game format which I believe you play in your league requires you to make a defensive move every now an then, say at the bridge when the score is 9-7 or 9-6 and you don't want the dealer to go alone and out when you are at first chair and don't have a stopper in the suit turned. Some say it's stupid, but I say it's sound euchre strategy.
Un-handcuff the players in Chicago!

Harvey "the Rabbit" Lapp said...

I agree with Todd.
I played in a bar league back in Lockport, NY (near Buffalo) that also had that rule (can't order without a natural trump). I think it's unfair to allow a player the right to donate. Spread the word!
Also, card luck is strange Perry. Sometimes I seem to go on losing streaks that are very frustrating. Holding cards of the wrong color or large groups of 9's and 10's gets old quick. But isn't it great when you're on that monster roll where every hand is spectacular!

Harvey "the Rabbit" Lapp said...

What I meant above is that I believe that it is unfair NOT to allow a player to donate.