Euchre Tips, Tricks and Information

Here is a complete listing of all euchre articles

While the overall response to our new menu system has been positive, there are those that prefer the old style menu with all the listings in one place. The list below reflects the listing from the original 'Tips/Info' page from back in 2014. The links in black are the ones that were not included on the original list. As you can see we've added quite a few. Check here often as the site continues to grow..

  •  Learn to play Euchre
  •  When to bid
  • When to bid Part 2
  • Order Right hold 2 Example
  • 2 Trump + green ace Example
  • Holding J-J in 3rd Example
  •  What card to Lead
  •  What card to discard
  •  When to play 'Next'
  • Next call Examples
  •  Next Call, holding no trump
  •  The Reverse Next Call
  • Reverse next Example
  •  When to call Alone
  • Potential lone calls Example
  • Calls with no bowers Example
  • Playing it safe Example
  •  How to stop a Alone call
  • Never lead a single ace
  • Stopping the 3rd seat call
  • Save the correct card
  •  How and when to block
  • When to block Part 2
  • Blocking Example-1
  • Blocking Example-2
  • Blocking Example-3
  •  Always protect your lead
  • Protect your lead Example
  •  Fishing for Trump
  • Fishing for Trump Part 2
  •  Communicate with your partner - 1
  •  Communicate with your partner - 2
  •  Communicate with your partner - 3
  •   Don't give info to your opponents
  •  Give your partner a chance - 1
  •  Give your partner a chance - 2
  •  Give your partner a chance - 3
  • Give your partner a chance - 4
  •  Sometimes it's best to let a trick go
  •  4th trick leads, What + Why
  • 4th trick lead Page 2
  • 4th trick lead Page 3
  • 4th trick lead Page 4
  •  Play the 2 suited, 3 trump hand
  • Play the 2 suited, 3 trump hand Part 2
  • The Three Trump Two Suited hand Examples
  • The Three Trump Two Suited hand - two off suit aces
  •  Why go alone on eight
  •  Always Count Trump
  •  Don't tell opposition what you hold
  •  NEVER lead trump on opponents call
  • Part 2 Holding 3 aces Example
  • Part 3 Holding 2 trump + 2 aces Example
  • Part 4 Combination of three techniques Example
  •  Almost Never Trump partners ace
  • Almost Never Trump partners ace Part 2
  •  When to double lead a suit
  •  The ten Commandments of Euchre
  •  Top mistakes made in euchre
  •  Play 2 or 3 handed Euchre
  •  Playing Second Hand Low

  • Below is the original 2012 Tips page.

    How do I learn how to play Euchre?

    Would you like to learn how to play euchre? It is a fast paced game that only takes a few minutes to learn. Even though developing a winning strategy takes much longer, one quickly realizes what a fun and challenging game euchre is. ...

    Not sure when to bid?

    The ability to recognize a biddable hand is what separates the good players from the average. Let us help you develop this skill

    What card should I lead?

    One of the first questions new players frequently ask is "having the first play, what card should I lead"? This depends largely on your position relative to the dealer...

    What card should I discard?

    One of the keys to becoming proficient in euchre is knowing what card to discard. Are you choosing correctly?

    The Art of the Next Call (aka Hoyle)

    The idea of calling next has been around for as long as the game of euchre itself. Even the earliest books on euchre talk about it, this article will help you understand the how and whys of the next call strategy.

    The 'No Trump' Next Call

    Name trump with none in your hand?
    Why would you do that?
    Would you ever do it?
    Maybe it's just crazy enough to work...

    The Reverse Next Call

    Never heard of reverse next you say. Let us give you in inside scoop. It will help you win more games.

    When should you try a lone call?

    What is the best defense against a loner?

    Some loners, such as a lay-down lone, just can't be stopped. I have played with partners that will say it doesn't make any difference what I lead. That's just not true, many loners are stopped on the first lead or the last lead.

    When should you call a block?

    Perhaps the most misunderstood thing in euchre is donating (aka blocking, safety). The only reason to call is to stop a lone. It may seem odd to be ordering up when you know you will be euchred but…

    Communication between Partners

    Being able to communicate to your partner what to lead back is one of the most important aspects of euchre. You can give your partner a lot of information simply by the way you play a hand. Good players...

    Give your Partner a chance Part 1

    It's been said 'count on your partner for one trick'. Do you say that never works for me? Let us show you some ways to increase the chance of getting your partners help..

    Give your Partner a chance Part 2

    Last night we played at a local double elimination event. We were down to the last round, and in deep battle for the money. Point by point the score when up. With only one two point hand. It had been a long game. Score was now ....

    Give your Partner a chance Part 3

    The saying 'count on your partner for a trick' not only applies when you're trying to make a point. It also applies when you are trying to euchre your opponents.

    The two suited, three trump hand

    "But I had three trumps, two suited". We hear this a lot in euchre. By using the proper technique, this hand will usually result in at point...

    Should you go alone on 8 ?

    There are many old sayings associated with euchre, Some are just wrong...

    How and why to count trump

    To be a successful euchre player, one needs every possible tool available to them. As the hand progresses counting trump becomes....

    Are you giving away too much information?

    I've talked about ways to let your partner know what cards your hold. However, when the other team is bidding a change of strategy is necessary

    Never lead trump to the opposition

    This is one of the first things we learn when playing euchre, but are there exceptions...

    Never trump your partners Ace

    This is one yet another of the first things we learn when playing euchre, and again there exceptions...

    Take a trick whenever you can

    While this is good advice for new players, it may not always be the best strategy

    The double lead, Good or Bad?

    When used properly a double lead can help win a game. Used incorrectly and it could results in your team being euchred..

    4th trick leads

    A lot of emphasis is placed on the first lead of any particular hand. There are many times where the 4th lead is just as important...

    Fishing for trump

    In almost any euchre hand the where-a-bouts of the boss cards will always be a concern. Sometime you have to go fishing for them...

    Top things done wrong when playing euchre

    1) Not leading trump to partner's call
    2) Leading trump on defense
    3) Turning down a bower when have 1 other trump
    4) Failing to call "next"....

    The Ten Commandments of Euchre

    1) Thou shalt not pass a biddable hand
    2) Thou shalt counteth upon thy partner for one trick.
    3)Thou shalt not....

    How to play Two and Three Handed Euchre

    The rules for 4 handed euchre apply to two and three handed with a couple of exceptions as noted below. A standard deck of 24 cards are used. Cards are ranked the same as in ordinary Euchre. Cards are dealt out in groups of 2's and 3's with an additional two cards are dealt to a ...

    Test Your Euchre Skills

    Have you ever wondered how you stack up against other euchre players. This quiz was put together not only to test skill level, but as a teaching tool. Now you can see where your strength and weaknesses lay. There are total of 25 questions that cover euchre skills from the intermediate level to advanced level. Taking our QUIZ is the best way to see where you stand.

    All incorrect answers now have links to pages providing the answers. No more guessing why it was wrong and what the correct answer would be.

    As of Feb, 2017 The Quiz has been taken 10,000 times

    Suggested Further Reading:

    What Card should I Lead? page 1
    Help me understand what card to lead

    Our series of 10 lessons on how to play.
    A Self-Study Course in Euchre

    The Ten Commandments of Euchre
    compiled in 2000 A.D. by Harvey Lapp

    Our series of articles for the advanced player
    A complete listing of our euchre articles

    Why you should count trump?
    For an advantage over other players

    Here's what our viewers are saying

    6 comments so far

    This is so confusing I feel like my head is popping

    Posted by Peep ho  on Saturday, 06.22.13 @ 02:18am| #2255

    I need a post more on skill in using a good helpers hand

    Posted by CTT  on Thursday, 01.9.14 @ 02:17am| #3128

    just started playing and came across this site. So much information. Great site!

    Posted by Dave  on Wednesday, 02.12.14 @ 08:38am| #3146

    I just found this site and found it very educational. I would like your opinion on someting. Is it acceptable to cheat at euchre, intentional reneging, for example? If so, how do you do it well and how do you protect yourself from cheaters? Thanks.

    Posted by Scott  on Friday, 07.3.15 @ 06:45am| #3434

    Cheating can be described as any deliberate violation of the rules that is intended to give someone an advantage. That would include intentional renege’s.

    Careful observation of your opponents is required. Watch for patterns to emerge. Do they do something only when holding the right? Do they respond one way when they can help their partner and a different way when they can’t?

    Cheating takes away from the integrity of the game and should never be tolerated.

    Posted by Don  on Friday, 07.3.15 @ 09:08am| #3435


    Posted by how  on Sunday, 02.19.17 @ 00:14am| #3771

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