Thursday, November 21, 2013

Euchre anyone?

I am just like everyone else who is getting ready for the Thanksgiving Day dinner.  I am busy planning menus, shopping, cleaning house, decorating, etc.  

Retired Mountain Man and I are so excited to see all of our kids and grandchildren this next week.  We are looking forward to  listening to Dylan play the guitar, watching Ben be his latest superhero, enjoying Rylee's artistic creations for the dinner table, and hearing about how Collin destroyed his opponent in his favorite video game.  

My traditional centerpiece thanks to Mandolin Ann!

Last year JP taught us all how to play Euchre.  The rest of the family has never forgiven him for it.

Here's a little refresher course about how trump works.  

The Jack of the trump suit, called the right bower, is the highest card in the deck. The Jack of the same color suit is called the left bower and is the second highest card in the deck. After the right and left bower, the next highest ranking cards are the remaining cards of the trump suit (A, K, Q, 10, 9). For example, if spades are selected as trump, the Jack of spades (right bower) is the highest card followed by the Jack of clubs (left bower). The next highest are all of the remaining spades (A, K, Q, 10, 9).  I will explain how to declare trump in the next step.

If no trump cards are played, the highest card for the hand is the highest card of the suit led, and the rest of the cards are ranked in order.  For example, if spades are selected as trump, no one lays spades, and diamonds are led, the Ace of diamonds is the highest card followed by the K, Q, J, 10, and 9 of diamonds.

NOTE:  The left bower is considered to be the same suit as the trump suit.  For example, if hearts are trump and Player 1 leads with the Jack of diamonds (the left bower), this is considered a heart and anyone that has a heart must follow suit and play it.

Please take the time to look at the four pictures below to better understand the ranking of trump cards.  Do not worry if this seems somewhat confusing at first-- you will catch on!

Mind boggling isn't it? 

1 comment:

Julie said...

Euchre! I needed a reminder on just how to spell it! lol ! ... for Scrabble anyhow... Just kidding...
I am glad you posted this! However, giving us a leg up just might make us GOOD at it! Look out!