Pulling Trump

Pulling Trump is a basic strategy in euchre.  The basic premise of the strategy is to clear the table of all trump cards and win any remaining tricks with their off-suit. Pulling Trump is especially effect the trump maker has an off-suit Ace. In general, the partnership that makes trump should play it as quickly as possible.

Let’s look at an example game to see this strategy in action.

Score

E/W: 7
N/S : 6

North

K Q
Q
K 10
void

Up-Card

9

West

void
A K
A
J 9

Euchre Table

East (Dealer)

A J
void
Q 9
K

South

void
J
J
A Q 10



South is in an excellent position, and the player has many tactics available. South decides to pass and use the advanced euchre strategy of Passing Dirty. West, North, East also pass. South declares diamonds trump. While the idea Going Alone is tempting, it is far to risky at this point.

Score

E/W: 7
N/S : 6

North

K Q
Q
void
void

Trump

West

void
A K
void
J 9

Euchre Game 1 part 1

East (Dealer)

A J
void
void
K

South

void
void
void
A Q 10



South leads off with a Double Bower Blast.  In one fell swoop, all seven trump cards are wiped off the table.  Without fear of being ruffed, South then leads the ace clubs. East and West follow suit, and North plays the queen of spades. South then plays the last two clubs, and no one is able to make a stop. North and South take a two points and go on to win.

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