East Coast Euchre

I can’t speak for the rest of the world, but in Indiana, no one seems to know how to play one of my favorite East Coast card games: Euchre.

When I moved from New York to Indiana, I went from everyone playing at family gatherings, social get-togethers, and even at the lunch tables in high school, to maybe five percent of the people I ask to play responding with a, “You want to play what? How about poker?”

Now, I’m not a huge card player, nor am I an entirely social creature – but I miss being asked to play a good round of Euchre!

When I first learned how to play euchre, I was at an extended family Christmas party and there weren’t many kids my age. I shadowed my mom enough that the adults just accepted that I wasn’t going to go and play new video games. After watching a few rounds, someone finally needed a partner. It seemed complicated at first, but after a game, I was a pro. I swept my second and third game – beginner’s luck, right?

I’m a strong believer that everyone should pick up the game, including people here in Indiana. But if you’re planning a trip to the Finger Lakes and don’t know how what cards are trump and which partner could reasonably “go it alone,” then you should definitely consider checking out the rules! Have a local show you the ropes and join the fun!

Here is a link that I found for some basic instructions in case you’d like to brush up early:

Halie Solea 2013By Halie Solea

1 Comment

  • Steve says:

    Absolutely no way in hell is someone about to say people in Indiana don’t know how to play euchre when it’s mainly an Indiana Michigan game . It’s known as being a Midwest game and I’ve grown up in Indiana my entire life and have never met someone that doesn’t know how to play . Hell I didn’t even know people on the east coast tried to claim it as theirs when it’s most definitely not .

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