Picking a Dealer

Players may random select a person to be the first dealer, but a more equitable way is to use the rule first black jack deals. One person will deal cards face up in front of each player. The first person to receive a black jack will become the dealer for the initial hand. In subsequent hands, the deal is rotated clockwise. After shuffling the cards, the dealer must offer the player to the right an opportunity to cut the cards. If the dealer fails to offer a cut to the player, the opposing team may call a misdeal as long as the cards are still being dealt or no play on the hand has been made.

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The Euchre Table

Euchre is play by four people divided into two partnerships.  Partners sit directly across from each other.  In the diagram below, North and South are playing against East and West.  The first partnership to score at least 10 points wins the game. Euchre players traditionally keep score by using some of the remaining cards from the deck, typically the 6’s and 4’s.  Each pip represents a point, and one card is used to cover the other so as to expose the number of pips corresponding to the team’s score.  The score cards are placed at the corners of the table, and one partner is assigned to keep track of the score. Below, the scores are 5(spades) to 6(hearts).


Euchre Table

South (Dealer)
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Trump Suit and Card Rank

The trump suit plays the most pivotal role in the game of euchre.  When a suit is named trump, any card of that suit outranks any card of a non-trump suit.  The highest ranking card in euchre is the Jack of the selected suit, referred to as the Right Bower.  The second highest card in euchre is the other Jack of the same color, referred to as the Left Bower. If spades where trump the Left Bower should be treated as a spade throughout the hand.  The remaining cards of the trump suit rank A, K, Q, 10, and 9.  The other three off-suits rank A, K, Q, J, 10, 9. Please note, if the jack is the Left Bower, it is considered part of the trump suit.  Thus, it is not a part of the off-suit. The table below shows the rank of the cards from highest to lowest if that suit is called trump.

Spades Trump
Clubs Trump
Hearts Trump
Diamonds Trump
Right Bower Jack of spades
Jack of Clubs
Jack of Hearts
Jack of Diamonds
Left Bower Jack of Clubs
Jack of spades
Jack of Diamonds
Jack of Hearts
Ace Ace of Spades
Ace of Clubs
Ace of Hearts
Ace of Diamonds
King King of Spades
King of Clubs
King of Hearts
King of Diamonds
Queen Queen of Spades
Queen of Clubs
Queen of Hearts
Queen of Diamonds
Ten Ten of Spades
Ten of Clubs
Ten of Hearts
Ten of Diamonds
Nine Nine of Spades Nine of Clubs Nine of Hearts Nine of Diamonds

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The Prefect Euchre Hand Spades Trump

Euchre is a trick-tacking card game where calculation, more often than luck, determines the winner.  Euchre is played by four people in two partnerships sitting directly across from each other.  The objective of the game is  to be the first partnership to score 10 points.

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