Second Hand





Do not assist too light. This is the most common error in Euchre.



Assist with three trumps.

right and another.[1]

left and another, and outside ace.



[Footnote 1: "Another" means "a small one."]



Assist with left and another; dependent upon the score,

two trumps and two aces.

ace and another, and outside ace; dependent upon score; always,

however, if right is turned.

two medium trumps, and one suit of three, headed by the ace,

dependent upon the score.



Ace and another, and king and another, even when short of a suit, are

permissible only when justified by scores of four-all or four-love in

your favor.



Anything less than this is not good Euchre, except, of course, at the

two above-named scores.



Do not assist the right with two small ones. Your partner usually will

know what to do with the bower. By too light an assistance you may

tempt him into a lone hand, under the impression that one or two big

trumps are out of his way.



Remember that to be short of one or two suits is a great advantage to an

assisting hand.



When led through with right and another, play the right, except when the

ace is turned,--when it is permissible to finesse.



When led through, when assisting with left and another, play left,

unless right or ace is turned.



When assisting with three trumps, if you take the first trick in suit,

lead trumps at once. If you take the first trick by trumping a suit,

your play is then dependent upon the value of your remaining trumps and

the turn-up.



With two trumps and two aces, lead trumps as early as possible, if your

opponents have not done so for you.



If your partner adopts the turn-up without your assistance, and you hold

queen, seven; ten, eight, etc., in trumps, ruff as early as possible

with the big one, and lead the small one.



If you take the first trick in suit, and your partner throws away, do

not lead the suit he has shown, even if you have the ace of it.



If your partner turn down black, make it red if you can, especially if

he has turned down the bower.



When playing second to a small card, do not ruff with right alone if it

is the first trick. Ruff with left alone, especially with your partner's

make or adoption.



If your partner refuses to adopt the turn-up, and the third hand

declares to play alone, lead a card of the same suit as the turn-down.



With one small trump, ruff as soon as you can.



Do not finesse in lay cards.





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