This free euchre game is great practice for the real thing. Play euchre against the computer anytime, for free! This online euchre game follows standard euchre rules.
To begin, click the Small, Medium, or Large link or PLAY GAME button under the picture at left. This opens the game in a pop-up window.
For the rules of euchre, see below.
Note: Your computer partner in this free euchre game may overtrump your tricks occasionally. This is a known bug in the program.
I recently played euchre with some friends for the first time. It was really fun. Somehow, my partner and I won, too. I guess it was beginner's luck.
HOW TO PLAY. Euchre is a card game where two teams compete to win hands, also known as rounds or tricks. Each team has two partners.
In this online euchre game, you are paired with a monkey. The other team is a pair of mean-looking bats.
Your player is at the bottom of the screen.
When this free euchre game opens, the cards are dealt automatically with you as the dealer. The other players look at the up card in the center of the table, and they either pass or order up, which means pick the trump suit.
The game then proceeds following normal euchre rules.
Euchre is played with one 52-card deck, with the Jokers and all cards lower than 9 removed. The cards used in euchre, in order of decreasing rank, are: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, and 9.
The goal of euchre is to score points by winning tricks. Each team has 2 players, and each player is dealt 5 cards per hand. Game play proceeds clockwise around the table.
To earn a point, your team must win at least 3 tricks out of each 5 tricks played. In other words, win 3, 4, or 5 tricks to win the round. Five tricks makes one round.
For example, suppose you play 5 tricks (one round). Your team wins 2 of the tricks, and the opposing team wins 3 of the tricks. For that round, the other team gets 1 point, and your team gets 0 points.
This free euchre game automatically keeps track of the score, which is displayed in a box in the upper-left corner. The first team to win 5 points wins the game.
TRUMP CARDS. For each trick, one suit (Clubs, Spades, Diamonds, or Hearts) is selected as the "trump" suit. A trump card always beats the cards of the lead suit. Trump is selected during the deal.
Players get the chance to choose the trump suit for the round, starting with the player to the left of the dealer.
When it's your turn to choose the trump suit, start by looking at the cards in your hand. If one suit is over-represented in your hand, select that suit for trump. For example, if you have 4 diamonds, consider selecting diamonds as trump. That way you'll have lots of trump cards in your hand.
Click the Order Up button to choose the displayed card as trump. (The displayed card itself goes to the dealer.)
If you don't want to pick the trumps suit, click the Pass button to pass the decision to the player to your left.
SPECIAL RANKING FOR TRUMP CARDS. The rank of non-trump cards, as mentioned above, is Ace - King - Queen - Jack - 10 - 9. The rank of trump cards is different.
The Jack of the trump suit is the highest-ranking card in euchre. The other Jack of the same color is the second highest card. The rest of the cards in the euchre deck follow normal rank order. (The other two Jacks are not special.)
The Jack of the trump suit is called the right bower. The other Jack of the same color is called the left bower.
For example, suppose the trump suit is Diamonds. The rank of the cards, from highest to lowest, would be: Jack of Diamonds, Jack of Hearts, Ace of Diamonds, King of Diamonds, Queen of Diamonds, 10 of Diamonds, and 9 of Diamonds.
The bower rule is not particular to this free euchre game. It's a regular euchre rule.
SPECIAL SCORING RULE: If your team wins all five tricks in a round, your team gets 2 points instead of just 1.
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I've played this free euchre game several times and played a real euchre game with friends once. In my brief experience, basic euchre gameplay is not that hard to learn. Don't be intimidated - give it a try!
I've heard euchre is popular in north-central U.S. states like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois, but it seems to be relatively unknown elsewhere. I hope the word about this game spreads. Euchre is a solid card game, and playing it is good for your brain.
Card games like euchre train memory, concentration, and logical reasoning skills.
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