What are beginner instructions for playing "Euchre"?


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The standard number of players in a game of Euchre is four, two to a team, each dealt five cards from a 24-card deck after removing all cards except the nines through the aces. Teams can be chosen by preference or by cutting the deck and having the two lowest cards play the two highest. Partners sit across from each other.

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After the dealer distributes the cards, he turns up the top of the remaining four cards, which becomes the trump suit unless otherwise determined by the players. The highest of the 24 cards is the jack of trumps, called the right bower. Next comes the left bower, which is the jack of the other suit of the same color as the right bower. Then come, from high to low, the ace, king, queen, 10 and nine of trumps. The non-trump suits also rank from ace to nine.

The player to the left of the dealer plays first. Play continues to the left. Players must follow suit unless they do not have a card of the suit played first. Whoever lays the highest card of the suit played first, or the highest trump card, wins the trick. A trick consists of the four cards played just played.

To win a hand, a player must take at least three of the five tricks and get a point. If a team takes all five tricks, they get 2 points. The game ends after a predetermined number of hands are won, often set at 10.

Players can go solo, and if a solo players takes all five tricks, he gets 4 points. If the team that determined the trump suit fails to get three tricks, that team has been euchred.

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