Euchre for Four players

OBJECT: To be the first team to score the predesignated number of points, usually 11 points.
(But it can be 5,6,7,8,9,10,or 11 points)


Euchre is played with four persons (two people per team), using a deck of cards containing 9's thru Aces only.

The rank of power depends on the suit bid, as follows
The Bid is :The order of power is
 Right BowerLeft BowerAceKingQueenTenNine
Hearts
Diamonds
Clubs
Spades
The other suit of the same color as the suit which was bid (Known as the Hoyle suit), and
goes as follows: Ace King Queen Ten Nine

The two suits of the other color of the suit which was called Trump remain the same, and
goes as follows: Ace King Queen Jack Ten Nine

Note: Any Trump card is higher than Any card of the other 3 suits.

The play: Each player recieves 5 cards and the top card on the deck of cards is turned over by the dealer after the deal. This is known as the "Up card"

Bidding starts with the person to the left of the dealer Just the suit is required to make a bid, the number of tricks is not stated.

Bidding can ONLY be in the suit of the Up card. If this suit is bid the "dealer gets to exchange the up card with any card in his/her hand. If nobody bids, then biding starts again with the person left of the dealer and can be in any suit but that of the up card. The bidder can state he/she want to play without their partner, this is known as going "Alone".

The opposing team may opt to play without their partner, this is known as "defending alone". (these terms are defined in scoring, see below).

Once the bid has been made, that establishes what suit will be trump

The play begins with the person left of the dealer

Scoring is as follows :

If the Bidder bids with Partner
If the bidding team takesBidding Team Scores If the defending team takesDefending Team Scores
3 or 411 or 20
5200
0, 1 or 203, 4 or 52

If the Bidder goes alone
If the bidding team takesBidding Team Scores If the defending team takesDefending Team Scores
3 or 411 or 20
5400

If the Defender goes alone
If the bidding team takesBidding Team Scores If the defending team takesDefending Team Scores
1 or 203 or 42
0054

Glossary

Alone
A bid played without the help of your partner

Action
How the bid is placed

Benny
A Joker which is also called "Best Bower"

Euchred
When all the tricks are agreed on are not made

Left Bower
The Jack of the same color as the trump. As an example, if the Hearts are trump then the Jack of Diamonds would be the Left Bower. This is also the second highest trump card

Maker
The player who sets up the trump suit

March
To win all five tricks by one side

Order Up
When the opponent of the dealer accepts the turn-up card as trump.

Pass
When the player rejects the turn-up card

Right Bower
The Jack of trump

Take Down
When the dealer's partner accepts turn-up as trump and plays it alone

Take Up
When the dealer chooses to accept the turn-up card

Trick
One card played from each players hand in turn.

Trump
The designated suit that wins over all the other suits

Turn-Up
The name of the last card on the pack, which is turned face up on the game table