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The "Complete Win At Euchre" is a fine book, and helpful to players of all abilities. It has two flaws, one of which is the uncertainty of the history of the game. The author tries a "shotgun" approach by quoting various sources and writers, and leaves the reader with the impression that he is not sure just where Euchre really came from. The other fault I find with this book is the overdone praise that the author pours on his friends, sponsors, and tournament hosts.
However, he recovers quite nicely with a solid section of terms and definitions, and continues with several good chapters, including Mr. Lapp's "Ten Commandments of Euchre". I also liked the section about Loners. Finally, he has a complete chapter loaded with play-by-play analysis of hands as they happended in various tournaments. Some of the actual plays were very strange, but this is how they took place.
You will not be disappointed if you get this book. I hope that if and when the author updates The Complete Win At Euchre, he includes a little more information on other variations of the game, and up to date listing on places where to play Euchre on line. A four star effort which can be brought up to five stars with a little more work!
The Complete Win At Euchre rocks! It is all the Euchre book I need to become a better player. Really good stuff, here. I looked at the other recent review and was suprised to see that "The Complete Win At Euchre" was totally trashed, like it was worthless. Who cares about 2-handed Euchre? Does anyone play that game at Tournaments? Does anyone play the 2-handed game when they play Euchre with their families or friends?? I thought Euchre was almost always played with 4 players, or sometiomes, 3 players. As for "Solitaire" Euchre,it sounds interesting, but then again, is there a place on line where you can play this style of Euchre?
Then we have the 24 hands in the book. It is clearly said in the book that these hands were played at various Euchre events, and this is how they were played. It is always easy to see how you should have played a hand after it is over with. I enjoyed the stories, and learned from the way hands were played. It helps you learn from the mistakes that did happen in some of the hands. We are all just people, not machines. Other hands were most helpful to improve my way of playing. I really liked the section about the 10 Commandments. Even if a reviewer does not agree with a book, the book can't be all trash, and worth nothing. Read "The Complete Win At Euchre", you will be glad you did!
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First I will say that this is in fact (sadly) the best Euchre book on the market. It consists of a fairly wide variety of hand situations and strategy as well as tidbits about the history of the game.
With that said, this book contains topics and ideas that are good for getting one's euchre brain into how euchre should really be played. HOWEVER, this book leaves a lot of unanswered questions and black holes that really need to be filled.
There are also a handful of points Andrews makes that are AT BEST arguable if not blatently WRONG. Things like this really get under my skin considering so many beginners will be reading this book. To start players off with FALSE strategy (yes there is such a thing) seems counterproductive to me. Here's an example:
Andrews claims that you shouldn't go alone when your team has 8 points (the game ends at 10 points). While in most cases this is true there are a PLETHORA of situations in which you should ABSOLUTELY go alone. Why? I'll show you one random example...
Let's say you're the dealer and the Jack of spades is turned. You pick it up and now hold both Jacks, the 10 of spades, and both red aces (JJ10 A A). You MUST pick this up alone so that you can almost assure your team of making 2 points. Well why not just take your partner too with such a strong hand? Because your partner can HURT your chance of marching and finishing out the game. Here's one way your partner can hurt you (there are multiple ways however)...
Lets say the 1st seat opponent leads out the Queen of hearts and your P trumps it (you would have taken it with your ace). Then your P leads back clubs which you are void in. You now trump in with your 10 of spades... and the 1st seat opponent overtrumps you.Read more ›
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Here is another another wishy-washy "middly" review. What we have here is a popularity contest of sorts. This book is "great"; this book is "so-so"; this book "stinks", and so on, ad nauseum. Let's face it, folks, the game of Euchre is not rocket science. We are not discussing Chess, Bridge, Mah-Jongg, Pinochle, Go, or other games which DO have plenty of skill and strategy. Euchre is a game of psychology, intuition. You have a 24 card deck, five card hands, three hidden cards, and plenty of guesswork. It is a basic game.
Let me give you an example with another card game. There are lots of books out there about Texas Holdem Poker. Will any of these books do you any good when you are sitting on two Aces, and the "flop" has one more Ace, and the guy opposite you with the funny yellow glasses goes "all in" for $500,000, and you call him with your last $500K, and the River card is the five of hearts? -And he fills a flush and you are eliminated from the tourney? Will Chris Moneymaker's newest book save your derriere here? Will Phil Helmuth suggest that you should have folded because -"as it turns out", the opponent was going to pull a heart on the "River"?
What makes Euchre a successful game, is that it is easy to learn, plays real fast, and has a strong accent on luck. Having a good partner also helps. The beauty of Euchre is that anyonecan win on any given day.
"The Complete Win At Euchre" is a well-written book, with lots of humor, wit, and interesting illustrative hands. It does fall short in some areas. Then again, just how much can you "puff up" a simple game? As far as I can see, you don't really need any book to become a great Euchre player. What you do need is a good partner, card sense, aggressive play, and the ability to "read" your opponents.Read more ›
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