Euchre is a popular trick-taking card game. It is an excellent social game very well known in America, Canada, and some parts of Britain. If you don’t know How to Play Euchre then don’t worry. In our guide on How to Play Euchre, we have covered the game from basics. Just Learn, Play and Enjoy!
The game is played in teams and it is best played with four players(2 teams with 2 players each). So let’s start first with the rules for four-player Euchre.
Four-Player or Four-Hand version of Euchre
24 card deck(9, 10, J, Q, K, A of all suits) is used.
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The Objective of The Game
The main objective of the game is to win tricks and score points. The first team able to reach 10 points wins the game.
The Rank of The Cards
Before selecting the Trump suit, the ranks of the cards from the highest to the lowest are A, K, Q, J, 10, 9. After selecting the Trump suit, Jack(J) of the Trump suit is the highest card.
The second-highest card is the Jack of the other suit of the same color as Trump suit. For example:- If Clubs is the Trump suit then Jack of Clubs is the Highest card and Jack of Spades is the second-highest card.
A Trump-suited card has a higher rank than any other card of any other suit.
Deciding Partners, Determining the Dealer for the First Game
A random player from that four players deals 1 card to each player face-up. The 2 players with the lowest cards are partners and the 2 players with the highest cards are partners. The player with the lowest card deals the first trick. After the first round, dealership passes clockwise.
Dealing the Cards
The dealer deals 5 cards to each player in two groups. One group of 3 cards and the other of 2 cards. The cards are dealt in a clockwise manner starting from the player on the left of the dealer. After dealing the cards, the dealer put the remaining cards on the center of the table face-down in a pile. Then, the dealer turns the top card from that pile face-up.
Selecting The Trump Suit
The chance to select the trump suit moves clockwise starting from the player on the left of the dealer. The first option is the suit of that turned-up card. The players have two options. Either make that suit Trump or Pass. If all the player passes their chance to select the Trump suit then that suit cannot be selected as Trump anymore.
Now again the chance to select Trump suit is with the player on the left of the dealer. The player has two options. Either name a suit to be selected as Trump or pass. Again the chance to select Trump suit moves in a clockwise manner. Remember, in this second round of selecting Trump suit, the suit of that Turned-up card cannot be named to make it the Trump suit.
If no one names the Trump suit, then the dealer has to select a suit as the Trump suit.
How to Play Euchre
The player on the left of the dealer starts and leads the Trick by playing a card. Then the next player takes his/her turn. All the players take their turns in a clockwise manner. All the players have to follow the suit of the led card, if possible. If not possible then the player can play the card of any other suit.
The highest-ranking led suited card wins the trick. If a player plays a card of Trump suit(When Trump suit is not Led) than the highest-ranking Trump suited card played during the trick wins the trick(Led suited card does not win in this case). The player who won the last trick leads the next trick.
If the player who selected Trump suit feels that he/she can win the game without the help of his/her partner than he/she may decide to play alone. The partner of this player then turns his/her cards face-down and does not participate in the play.
Scoring and Winning
Every time after completing 5 tricks, all the teams are given scores on the basis of their winnings. The following are some situations and scores:
|Team that Selected Trump suit wins 3 or 4 Tricks||1 Point|
|Team that Selected Trump suit wins all 5 Tricks||2 Points|
|Team other than Trump Making Team wins 3 or 4 Tricks||2 Points|
|Team other than Trump Making Team wins all 5 Tricks||3 Points|
|Team that Selected Trump suit wins less than 3 Tricks||Opponent Teams get 2 Points|
This gameplay is valid for any number of players but the number of players should be even. You just have to increase the cards by adding 8s, 7s, 6s, and so on, of all the suits as per the requirements. Also, you can make n number of teams having 2 players or 2 Teams having n number of players.
For an odd number of players, the solution is as follows:
Five-Player or Five-Hand version of Euchre
All the above processes are the same, change is only in selecting partners. The player who selected Trump suit stats a card and the player having that card becomes the partner of that player who selected the Trump suit. The other 3 players will be on the opponent team. This is the only change. All the other rules are the same as mentioned above.
For other Odd Number of Players
There are no specific rules for other odd number of players but you can choose that the team who did not select the Trump suit can have the extra player.
Now, you know How to play Euchre. Play with friends and family and enjoy!