Questions to the Euchre Forum at Ohio Euchre
Situation: My partner was the dealer. The score was 7-7 in an 8 point game. Upcard was the 10 of hearts. I was sitting in 2nd seat. I had the 9 and jack of hearts, was 4 suited, and had no side aces.
1st seat passes. I pass. 3rd seat passes. To my astonishment, my partner, the dealer, passes. I thought it was understood that at a score of 7-7 the dealer MUST order up, regardless of whether or not he likes the upcard. My partner in turn was astonished that I did not order up, given that I held the right bower and one other smaller trump. My thinking: it’s fine for me to pass ‘cuz I trust my partner WILL order up in this circumstance. Better for me to pass when I wasn’t confident I could take 2 tricks.
Ok Euchre community, for the above situation, what do you think?
Question #1: Is it an accepted standard that the dealer MUST order up at this score?
Question #2: Is it an accepted standard that if 2nd seat doesn’t think he can take 2 tricks, that he should pass and let his partner, the dealer, order it up? (if 3rd seat also passes?)
Question #3: What would YOU do, if you were sitting in 2nd seat, and held the cards I described above? Order up or pass?
Interestingly, I just answered a similar question in another post.
With a tie score and one point to go, this hand will decide the winner. By passing, you are telling your partner that you have nothing. Order up your partner.
Question: Would you order up in this circumstance? My partner was the dealer. The score was 3-3 in an 8 point game. Upcard was the 10 of spades. I was sitting in 2nd seat. I had the 9 and jack of spades, was 4 suited, and had no side aces.
There are unknowns that would influence my decision. One being the skill level of my partner. With a weak partner, I’d think about passing. One the other hand, with an experienced partner, I’d order. You are counting on your partner to take TWO tricks. It is early in the game. You have time to make it up if things go south.