The Complete Guide to Euchre - Tutorials and Strategies

Rules, variants, and strategy tips for the trick-taking card game Euchre

Many people believe that Euchre was introduced into the United States in the 1800s by German settlers in my home state of Pennsylvania. Today, it is probably most popular in the midwest United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Ontario, Canada. These resources will help you learn how to play Euchre, and how to become a better Euchre player.

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    The rules of Euchre are relatively simple, but there are some quirks which are vital to understanding. For example, the Jack of the trump suit is the "right bower," and it's the most valuable card.

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    Euchre is subject to some of the same strategies as other trick-taking games. However, two big differences change Euchre strategy quite a bit. Learning how to bid in Euchre is the first step to becoming a better player.

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    There are a few different schools of thought on what card to lead in Euchre. Regardless of what you end up leading, the biggest consideration on your mind should always be Trump. Here are some tips on how to decide what you lead in Euchre.

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    Euchre is perhaps a unique card game in that cheating is considered a normal and legal part of play in many circles. While obviously, you should never cheat against people likely to take it badly, there are many cases where cheating is perfectly acceptable among the group you will be playing with.

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    Three-Handed Euchre is a version of the card game for three players. In this game, also known as Cutthroat, there are no permanent partnerships. Players win or lose on their own.

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    These rules are variants based on standard Euchre. They are all designed to make the game quicker. (hey are collectively known as "Railroad Euchre" because many were developed by commuters to play on a train.