The 3 Trump, 2 Suited Hand - page 3

Three-Trump, Two-Suited example 1

All 3 trump 2 suited hands should start by using the principles already laid out. There will be times when you have to adjust how you play the last couple of tricks by looking at the cards left in your and using information gathered from the first tricks.

Table Position

Jack-jack call from 3rd

In this hand you are the dealer and sit in South position. This seems to be a fairly safe call so you pick up the nine of spades. The king of clubs has no value and is discarded.

Jack-jack call from 3rd

East seat starts by leading the ace of hearts. North follows suit with the jack and West also follows suit by playing the ten. Being that you are void in hearts, you trump in with the 9. This is your first trick and 1 trump has been played.

Jack-jack call from 3rd

Now you(S) lead back the queen of spades. Because you hold an off-suit ace you're trying to rid the opposition of their trump. This should help in making that off-suit ace good. East play the right, taking the trick. North plays the left and West follows suit with the ten. Each team has 1 trick apiece. Five trump are now out of play. There is one left in your hand - that leaves one possible trump, the ace, in the wild.

Jack-jack call from 3rd

East leads back the nine of hearts. Your partner(N) plays the queen, and West plays the king. You trump in and take the trick with your king. This is your second trick.

Now to make one last trick for the point. You know that there may be one trump left against you. It would be a good guess that your partner doesn't have it or he would have played it instead of the left. You are hoping that either the ace of trump is buried or, if it's out there, then the holder also has a diamond.

To give your team the best chance of success you lead the king of diamonds. Why? Because there is a chance 1st seat will duck and let the trick go by, hoping their partner has the ace. (Remember: at this point they need the next two tricks for a euchre.)

Jack-jack call from 3rd

As it turns out the trump ace is buried and your king walks, this gives you your point. A little bit of luck, sure, winning means taking chances. Good luck just makes it easier.

Suggested Further Reading:

The Three Trump Two Suited hand, page 1
3 trump, 2 suited NO off-suit ace

The Three Trump Two Suited hand, page 2
3 trump, 2 suited with an off-suit ace

The Three Trump Two Suited hand, page 3
Three-Trump, Two-Suited

The Three Trump Two Suited hand, page 4
Three-Trump, Two off suit aces

When should you name trump, page 1
General facts about bidding, trump, score

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