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					  Euchre Variations

  The game of Euchre has been around a long time, and variations abound. Here is a
  review:

1. 32 CARD VERSION:

  The most popular form of the game is played with a deck of 24 cards. For those
  who want to play a more traditional version, a 32-card pack is used. The trump suit
  now consists of nine cards ranked from the Right Bower down to the seven. The side
  suits (in a given hand) consist of eight cards, with the exception of the suit which is
  the same color as trump (it has seven cards). Otherwise, the bidding and play is the
  same as the 24 card version. There is a significant randomness, as eleven unknown
  cards (instead of three) are in the "stock". The strategy also shifts, as the bidding is
  greatly affected. However, a lot of people seem to enjoy this variation of the game.

2. RAILROAD EUCHRE:

  This version utilizes a Joker, which outranks the Right Bower. In Great Britain, this
  is called the "Benny". There is also an option for either opponent of a "lone" player to
  call "alone", and defend against that player. The Euchre (defeat) of a lone player is
  worth four points to the successful defender. A few other "twists" have been added -
  such as "Laps" (carrying excess points from a winning score to the next game), and
  a "Slam" (shutting out the opponents) by the victorious team. (The latter counts as
  two games and is reminiscent of a "skunk" in Cribbage.)


3. AUCTION EUCHRE:

  This variation is designed for five, six or seven players. It is rarely seen today. The
  number of cards in the deck varies according to the number of players. Only one
  round of bidding occurs, and the highest bidder names the trump suit. There is also
  a "kitty" or "widow", which is taken by the high bidder. Selection of partners rotates
  in the unbalanced games (those with 5 or 7 players). The six-player game features
  three sets of Partnerships, with one pair sitting out each hand. Scoring varies
  according to the number of players in the game. Whew! For more info on this
  version, please refer to any comprehensive Card Games Rules Book.


4. THREE PLAYER EUCHRE:

  Often called "Cutthroat", it is a neat variation, a nice change of pace when only three
  players are available. It is played similarly to the four handed game (less one person
  - of course!). Every one gets score cards. The other two players "team up" against
  the person who has fixed the trump. The scoring is modified as follows:
          a. Maker of trump wins 3 or 4 tricks                      One Point
         b. Maker of trump "marches" or "sweeps"                   Four Points
         c. Maker of trump is Euchred - each opponent wins         Two Points
     For all intents and purposes, the maker of trump, is a "lone" hand, and the other two
     players are a "temporary" partnership.

5. TWO PLAYER EUCHRE:

     The standard 24-Card deck is used. The Rules for the four-handed game apply.
     There is no "lone" player (obviously), and a "march" is worth only two points. The
     game limit can be mutually agreed by both players.

6.          FIVE PLAYER EUCHRE

     For 5 players add the 8's to the 24 card deck. There will only be three cards left after
     the deal. After trump is decided, the declarer names a specific card. (??) The person
     holding that card is the declarer's partner. The partner is not revealed until the card
     is played (unless the declarer named the turned-up card). If the named card was in
     the stack of out-of-play cards, then the declarer does not have a partner for the
     hand, but does not get credit for a loner. If the declarer decides to go alone, she
     plays against all 4 of the other players. Everyone on the winning side of a hand
     scores the appropriate number of points (e.g. Declarer and partner take all 5 tricks
     so they each score 2 points).

				
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