Learn how to pull off a Euchre
cheat so simple, anyone can do it, with none the wiser!
Let me start this off by saying a few things first.
Mom, I’m sorry. You taught me that cheaters never win, and winners
never cheat – that it’s best to do the right thing – that
honesty is always the best policy! None of these lessons will be
reflected in the following text…
It’s never, ever okay to cheat when playing Euchre for money (or any
other game for that matter). Refer to the parental lessons above,
and remember, karma is a b!tch. These roguish technique should only
be applied in friendly games where no one is liable to get extremely
upset if the truth comes out.
With that out of the way, let’s get right down to the bread and
butter of today’s topic…
How to Cheat at Euchre Without Getting Caught
There are two key elements to this trick, and both rely singularly on
you and your partner coming to an understanding prior to the game. If
you happen to play regularly with different partners, this cheat
isn’t going to get you very far. Only share the information with one
person – the one you partner with most – or your secret will get
out before long.
This cheat is not going to guarantee you will win every hand. That
would look awfully suspicious, now wouldn’t it? But it will give you
the distinct advantage of knowing how weak or strong your partner’s
hand is at all times.
Relaying Number of Trump Held
At the start of every hand, before the first round of bidding starts,
the dealer will turn one card face up on the kitty. As you know, this
denotes the intended trump, should anyone choose to bid on it. At
this point, you’re going to hold your cards in a particular manner
that will reveal to your partner how many trumps you are holding,
including the left bower if applicable.
To do this, when holding your cards, you will simply leave the
corresponding number of fingers showing to your partner. This needs
to be done in a very casual manner. Your fingers should not be held
rigid or perfectly straight, but it should be clear enough to your
partner exactly how many fingers are up, as referenced in the
exemplary image below.
What If No One Takes Up Trump?
Things get a bit trickier if no one takes up Trump. If everyone
passes on the bid and the dealer turns down the trump, it won’t
matter how many of that suit you’re holding. The only information
that will do your partner any good now is which suit you have the
best cards in. you can relay this information with the same way as
finger signaling detailed above.
It’s good to shift in your seat at this point so that you’re making
an entire bodily adjustment. Simply moving fingers up or down may
attract attention. Make it look like you’re re-thinking the
situation. You may even wish to move cards around in your hand, fan
them out differently, or something else to make the shift look
organic. In doing so, show your partner the number of fingers that
corresponds to the suit your hand best represents.
You’ll need to have a number, 1 thru 4, associated with each suit
prior to using this Euchre cheat. Make sure you and your partner both
know what numbers correspond to which suits. The easiest is probably
going to be alphabetical association, like so:
1 = Clubs
2 = Diamonds
3 = Hearts
4 = Spades
If the best suits happen to be equal – such as Jack and Ace of
Diamonds, and Jack and Ace of Hearts – try holding the cards with
three fingers out, while tapping that third finger oh so casually.
Play up your indecision. Tilt your head and give your lip a little
bite so it looks like you’re really thinking about which way to go as
you tap that finger ever so gently, yet visibly, making it known that
the #2 and #3 are both good options.
If you’d like to learn more about Euchre, please refer to these additional sections:
Adalene Lucas: is our jack of all trades here at DBC. She is a skilled coder, gambler, writer and webmaster. She lives in Manitoba where she enjoys the lush landscapes and camping near Tulabi Falls. Nature gives her inspiration to write. When she's not immersed in nature, her favorite words are "game theory". She lives with her husband and their two Labradors, Kophy and Whisper.