The 3 Trump, 2 Suited Hand - page 1

3 trump, 2 suited NO off-suit ace

How often, after being euchred, have you heard someone say, "But I had three trump, two suited, I couldn't turn it down." No, you should never turn it down. This is a very playable hand. However, to be successful the hand must be played correctly.

Three-trump, two-suited hands fall into two basic categories: the ones where you hold an off-suit ace and the ones that you don't. Each hand must be played slightly different. Let us look at each type separately.

By choosing the correct method you reduce the chance of being euchred and will sufficiently increase your chance of making a point.

The more common hand is the one where you don't hold an off-suit ace. The basic strategy is to rid the opposition of their trump and promote the high card in your off suit.

There is a prime example

This is a typical three-trump, two-suited hand. The dealer is in the South position. Many players would pass here, not seeing a possible point. Yet, this hand, when played properly, is a point maker.

Table Position

three two suited hand in Euchre without an ace1

The dealer has turned up a king of spades. He also holds two other spades in his hand. Bidding gets passed around and back to the dealer. Seizing the opportunity to make a point, the dealer (S) picks up the king.

three two suited hand in Euchre without an ace2

East seat starts the hand by trying to make their ace of diamonds good. North seat follows the diamond lead as does West. The maker (S) trumps in with the 9. One trick for the maker and one trump has been played.

three two suited hand in Euchre without an ace3

Next the maker (S) turns its focus to setting up its off-suit. This is done by leading the smaller of the two off-suit hearts, the idea is to make the king of hearts boss. West follows suit with the ten of hearts. The makers partner (N) tries to capture the trick with the ace, but West trumps in with the ace. The king is now the boss card in hearts. 2 Trump have been played and both teams have one trick. So far things are going as planned.

three two suited hand in Euchre without an ace4

Next East leads the ace of clubs, this gives the maker (S) a chance to trump in. Everyone else follows suit. So far three trump have been played. The maker's team now has two tricks.

three two suited hand in Euchre without an ace5

What the maker (S) is hoping will happen next is that one of the opponents will use their trump on the second off-suit lead. Then, with a little luck, they will lead back something that will allow the maker (S) to use the third trump to take their last trick needed to make a point.

Everything goes as planned and the bidding team has made their call. This play will work most of the time. There may be times, depending on how the cards fall, when one will have to adjust the play on the last couple of tricks.

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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Posted by Connie  on Friday, 08.15.14 @ 13:23pm| #3257

Having a dummy hand sounds a lot like cheating to me. I've been playing euchre since I was 5, I'm now 66, and I've never seen or heard of it played this way.

Posted by Annette  on Tuesday, 10.7.14 @ 18:29pm| #3278

Sorry I don't understand what you are saying

Posted by Don  on Monday, 12.29.14 @ 15:54pm| #3328

Great lesson. Thanks

Posted by Ruth  on Tuesday, 02.24.15 @ 11:12am| #3372

I see on hand 2 and 3, the jack of hearts is played.

Posted by Steve  on Wednesday, 07.1.15 @ 21:44pm| #3431

Is it advisable to call/order a 3 trump, two suited hand from positions other than dealer? In your General Rule #3 on the "When to bid" page, there is nothing indicating a preferred position...but it looks like all the examples on the "Three Trump, Two Suited" pages show this strategy being executed from the dealer position only. My limited experience seems to indicate it's a much stronger play for the dealer. I was wondering about your thoughts on making this play from other positions. Thanks!

Posted by Rick  on Saturday, 12.30.17 @ 10:23am| #3927

As you noted, this works best from the dealers position. Why? because you have last play on 1st trick...

Also, Because no-one ordered, odds are the up-suit is evenly distributed.

Could it work from other positions? 1st round with a strong hand, you would order so I have to assume your talking 2nd round.

Here, as a next call, you should be able to make your bid. Beyond that, I think luck would have to be a factor.

Posted by Don  on Saturday, 12.30.17 @ 10:59am| #3928

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