Euchre is a card game played with four people separated into two teams and a 24-card deck. Euchre is played differently throughout the world and is most popular in Canada and the United Stated. The steps to play Euchre in Northern America are simple once you have your deck of cards and three other players.
How to Play the Card Game Euchre
Form two teams with four players. The teammates will need to face each other by sitting on opposite sides of the table. This is so the cards can be played counter clockwise and then easily switch off between teammates.
Play using a deck of 24 cards, consisting of 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace in four suits, to play conventional Euchre. One player needs to deals the cards evenly to all the players with the cards faced up. The player who receives the first Jack card is the dealer of the first hand.
Deal five cards to each player if you are the dealer. The remaining four cards should be placed face down in front of the dealer. Turn over top card of the four cards. This card is know as the up card and is used for the bidding.
Ask each player if they'd like to pick up the top card if you are the dealer. Often, the dealer will ask if the player wants the card to be "trumped." If the player asks to pick it up then the dealer has to add the card to their hand and discard another card. A suit of cards is trump when the order in ranking of the cards is higher than the other players' cards. A Jack is the highest ranking of any card. Having Jacks of the same color will make your chances for trump even higher.
Call your suit trump when no other players have to ask for the dealers decks to be turned up. If no one claims to have a trump then it is a misdeal and the dealer then becomes who ever is to left of that player. One point is earned if the trump succeeds and two points are given if the team gets both or their suits to beat the other two players' suits. The game ends when a team has earned 10 points.