Euchre is a card game which is played with a deck of 24 cards, instead of the standard number 52. This game also revolves around capturing tricks, like many other card games and is generally played by four people. Though Euchre was the national card game of the United States before the 19th century, it is now more commonly played in countries such as New Zealand, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. There are a mind boggling number of variations to the game of Euchre and it is best to play the version that is played in your region.
History of Euchre
Believed to be inspired by a French game named, Ecarte, Euchre is also said to have been derived from Jucker, an Alsatian game. But the actual history of Euchre is open for debate, with people backing their own theories. Some other games that might have proven to be an inspiration to this game include, Triumph, a Spanish game and another French game called Ruff. Whatever be the origin, Euchre came to America during the time of Napoleon. Until Bridge came into the picture, Euchre was the top game in the country, beating games such as Whist and even Poker.
Before you begin playing, you need to prepare your deck of cards. For Euchre, you will only need 24 cards, so remove all the cards between 2 and 8. Now, after you have 24 cards ready, decide on a dealer, who then deals the cards clockwise, and gives each player first three and then two cards, making the total five, for each player. Now the dealer will place the remaining cards on the table, face down, but the first card will be facing upwards. Now play begins, and the player to the left of the dealer has to start. Players need to call or declare trump, which will result in the dealer discarding one of his cards, after showing it to all players. The players also have choice to pass in case they do not want to declare trump.
The trump needs to be decided for the game to proceed. After that has been done, once again the player to the left of the dealer begins the game. All the others need to play a card of the same suit that the first player has laid on the table. The objective of course is to win tricks, this is done by winning hands. The scoring system is quite easy, where the team which calls trump and takes 3-4 tricks gets one point, while 5 tricks mean 2 points, but if you call trump before three tricks in hand, the other team gets two points. Once a team gets 10 points, they win the game.
It is easy, simple and great fun, so just read up the rules once more and begin your session of Euchre.