EUCHRE

 
OBJECT OF THE GAME:

Euchre is a trick-taking card game for 4 players. The goal is for you or your team to win 3 or more of the 5 tricks in a round. The first team to reach 10 wins the game.

PLAYERS:

Euchre is a partnership game for 4 players. There will be two teams of 2 with partners sitting opposite each other.

EQUIPMENT:

1 deck of cards using A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9s

1 Euchre Counter Board

5 Metal Pegs

PREPARATION:

First, the deck is modified. All cards ranked 8 and lower are removed from the deck. This leaves a deck of 24 cards.

Players draw for partners and first dealer. The two highest-ranked cards will be partnered and the two lowest-ranked cards will be partnered as well. The lowest-ranked card is the first dealer. For this, the ranking is King (high), Queen, Jack, 10, 9, and ace (low). The dealer passes to the left after each round.

The dealer will shuffle and the player to their right may cut the deck. Then the dealer will deal each player a hand of 5 cards.

After dealing is done the remaining cards are placed in the center of the play area and the top card is revealed. If any player accepts this suit as trumps, then the dealer may exchange one card from their hand with the exposed trump.  

Declaring Trumps 

Starting with the player left of the dealer each player may pass or accept the trump. If all 4 players pass then the revealed card is tucked under the deck and all players now have a chance to call a trump suit (it cannot be the same suit as the rejected card). If all 4 players pass again the cards are gathered and the next dealer re-deals.  

Once a trump suit is accepted, the team of the players who called trumps becomes the declarers. 

Playing Alone 

If after declaring trumps the player who declared feels they would have an easier time winning alone they may declare, going alone. Their partner then lays their cards face down and does not participate in the round.   

Card Ranking 

The ranking for the trump suit is Jack of trumps (also known as the right bower), Jack of the same color (also known as the left bower), Ace, King, Queen, 10, and 9 (low).

All other suits rank Ace (high), King, Queen, Jack, 10, and 9 (low).


RULES:

The first trick is led by the player left of the dealer, or if the player’s team is going alone then by the player across from the dealer. The following players must follow suit if able. If they cannot, they may play any card including trumps.  

The trick is won by the highest trump played, or of not applicable, by the highest card of the suit lead.  

The winner of the trick leads the next. Once all 5 tricks are played and won; scoring can begin.  

If the declarers won 3 or 4 tricks, they earn 1 point. If they won all 5, they score 2 points. When playing alone and they won 3 or 4 tricks, they score 1 point. When playing alone and they won all 5 tricks, they score 4 points.  

If the declarers fail to win at least 3 tricks, the opposing team scores 2 points. The first team to reach 10 points wins.

Have fun!