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The Complete Win at Euchre Paperback – September 1, 2004

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 161 pages
  • Publisher: Games by Andrews, Inc. (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972368655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972368650
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,127,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on December 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
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!
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Informal in feel, but superior in content. Great source for anyone wanting to improve their game. Helped me to think about the game and my hand differently, which I feel has made my game better. I really haven't read any other books on euchre, so I don't have much to compare this to, but in my opinion, one of the best books on the subject you'll find out there.
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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.
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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.
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