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Old 01-05-2009
 
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Sports and More Card Game Night 15: Euchre

Game Type: Card Game
Game: Euchre
Site: Playok
Date/Time: Thursday, January 15th, 2009 @ 9:30 PM EST
Channel: Morliny
Rules: See Second Post


For the inaugural Sports and More Game Night of 2009, we're going to go back to the card game of the state of Michigan! That is of course none other than that of Euchre. As this is the third time we've played Euchre here of the 14 events, I don't need to remind you that Euchre is a card game that at its heart is a simple card game that doesn't take a ton of time to play and requires a bit of strategy as well.

The biggest complexity of the game of Euchre is getting to know what the right and left bowers are. The right bower is simply the Jack of the trump suit and the left bower is the Jack of the other suit that is the same color of that of the right bower. These are your two most powerful cards in any hand.

It's a game that'll take 5 minutes to learn and it's a game that you can play for a long time.

So join us for some Euchre!

Last Time At Thursday Night Cards:

/begin wishful thinking

The last Thursday Night Cards of 2008 consisted of another easy victory for SpaceDominator over Erwin and Kacaier. It's alright though as we have now reset 2008 as the Year of the SpaceDominator and we're looking forward to making 2009, the year SpaceDominator dominated the BF world.

/end wishful thinking

How to sign up:
The reason I chose this particular site is due to the fact that it is extremely easy to register. It literally requires a username and a password and an e-mail if you happen to forget your password.

To register with playok.com just simply go to: http://www.playok.com/intl/en/register.phtml.

How to play:
On Thursday, to get into the channel, it's an easy process.

1. Go to: http://www.playok.com/intl/en/euker/ and log in with the account that you have made through playok.com
2. Choose the channel: Morliny

Look for the player named Kingkrumb and you'll be set to go.

It should be a lot of fun and I hope to see you join us this Thursday for some fun.
-SpaceDominator

Previous Game Nights:

Trick Taking Games(emphasis on a certain number of tricks):
Game Night 1: Euchre
Game Night 2: Spades
Game Night 3: Oh Hell!
Game Night 4: 3-5-8
Game Night 5: Euchre

Poker Binge 1:
Game Night 6: Poker
Game Night 7: Poker

Trick Avoidance Games:
Game Night 8: Hearts
Game Night 9: Agurk
Game Night 10: Barbu

Rummy Style Games:
Game Night 11: Gin Rummy
Game Night 12:Rummy 500
Game Night 13: Cribbage
 

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Introduction:
Euchre is a four-player game played in partners, with a standard deck of cards from which all the cards from two through eight have been removed. The goal of the game is to be the first team to get ten points. The game consists of a series of hands, with points being awarded after each hand. Each hand consists of five tricks. If you have played Bridge before, you can think of Euchre as the process of taking Bridge, putting it in a pan with some water, boiling away everything that is not fun, thus concentrating the good stuff.

The Hand:
The dealer gives each player five cards, leaving four that are unused. These are called the kitty. The top card of the kitty is turned face up (it is often called the turn-up card). A trump suit is determined, the five tricks are played, and points are given to the winners. If nobody has ten points at the end of the hand, the person to the left of the original dealer becomes the new dealer, and the next hand is played.

Determining the trump suit:
At the beginning of every hand, one of the four suits is chosen to be special, and called the trump suit. All other things being equal, the team with the most trump cards will have the best chance of winning the hand. After the cards are dealt, the suit of the turn-up card is the first candidate for trump. The player to the left of the dealer has the first say. She can say, "pick it up" meaning that she wants it to be trump, or she can say "pass" meaning she doesn't want it to be trump.

If she says "pick it up," the dealer puts the turn-up card in his hand, and discards one, face down. Trump has now been chosen.

If she says "pass," then the player to her left gets his chance to speak. He can also say "pick it up" or "pass." As before, if he says "pick it up" then the dealer puts the turn-up card in his hand, and discards one, face down. If he passes, then the third player gets a chance. If the third player passes, then the dealer gets to pick it up or pass.

If all four players pass, then the turn-up card is turned face down, and its suit is no longer eligible to be trump. Now the player to the dealer's left is allowed to name any of the other three suits, or pass. If she passes, then the player to her left gets a chance. When someone names a suit this time, the dealer doesn't put any new cards in his hand. If none of the other three players name a suit, then the dealer must name one of the other three. This is called the stick-the-dealer rule, a rule which some wimpy Euchre players whine about.

Playing the five tricks:

The player to the left of the dealer puts down a card first. This is called leading. The next player, to her left, has to follow suit, that is play another card of that suit. If he doesn't have another card of that suit, he can play any card he wants to. Then the third player plays, and then the dealer.

The highest card of the suit led wins the trick, unless trump was played, in which case the highest trump wins the trick. That's why trump is so important - it beats the other suit. What do we mean by "highest card?" Here, Euchre gets a little weird. NON-trump suits are ordered the way you would think: A, K, Q, J, 10, 9 . The trump suit is ordered: Jack of trump, Jack of the suit of the same color as trump, A, K, Q, 10, 9. The Jack of trump is called the Right Bower, and the Jack of the same-color suit is called the Left Bower. The Left Bower is considered trump. If clubs were trump, and someone led the ten of clubs, and you had a Jack of Spades, it is still following suit to put it on the ten of clubs. If spades were led, the Jack of Spades would not be considered a spade - it is considered trump.

The person whose card won the trick then leads for the next trick, until all five tricks are played.

Going alone:

There is one exception to the rules above. If a player has a dynamite hand, when he declares trump (by either saying "pick it up" or naming a suit after everyone else passes) he can say "I'm going alone." This means he thinks he can get all five tricks, without the help of his partner. If he goes alone, his partner puts down her cards, and she doesn't play for that hand. If the player going alone winds up getting all five tricks, his team gets bonus points. If he fails, there is no penalty.

Scoring:

If the team who chose trump (the calling team) gets the majority of the tricks, they get a point. If they get all five tricks, they get a bonus point. If they do not get the majority of the tricks, they are said to be Euchered and the other team (the defending team) gets two points. (They are punished because they got to choose trump and yet they lost most of the tricks) If they went alone and made all five tricks, then they get a whopping four points.

Calling Team makes 5 tricks -> Calling Team Gets 2 Points
Calling Team makes 3 or 4 tricks -> Calling team gets 1 point
Calling Team makes 0, 1 or 2 tricks -> Defending Team gets 2 points
Calling Team goes alone and makes 5 tricks -> Calling Team Gets Four Points

Source: http://www.dougshaw.com/euchre/rules.html

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easy victory, my ass. i know you'd really like to take vengeance for me kicking your ass in the fantasy league, but you dont have to do it by lying.
 
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You're right Erwin. Easy wasn't exactly a great term for it.

Game 1: SD 121-111
Game 2: Erwin 129-89
Game 3: SD 128-101
Game 4: Erwin 125-112
Game 5: SD 125-94

SD vs Kacaier
Game 1: SD 125-75
Game 2: SD 122-95

So yeah.. there's the story.

We'll see you at the Euchre table.
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We'll retry this one again this Thursday @ 9:30 PM EST. I can't compete with the BCS National Championship Game.
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Tonight is the night for some EUCHRE! I look forward to seeing some on for some good ole fashioned Euchre fun. Remember, 9:30 PM EST tonight! See you then!
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I want to play Euchre, I think Ive just about got it down. I couldnt make it last night, and next thursday is probably not going to be good as I have friends in town and I have been going out every night.
 
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