Euchre - A very special game.

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Euchre - A very special game.

Post by Joe Andrews » Sat Jan 20, 2007 11:38 pm

Euchre is one of the few Classic card games which does not have a National Organization, and STILL has an active "live" event community. Euchre is most popular especially in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, upstate New York, western Pennsylvania, most of Ontario, and Florida (the latter, thanks to the retired players and the "snow birds"). There are many active "live" Leagues and clubs in bars and fraternity halls throught the midwest region and environs. Some of these weekly games have small tournaments; other boast of double digit numbers of loyal, enthusiastic participants.

There are also several organized "live" tournaments, and the Annual World Series of Euchre (Grand Prix) is now the largest live Euchre tournament in the country. The beauty of Euchre is that it is a fast paced game, which is easy to learn and can be competitive, as well as fun.

Spades, Hearts, and Pinochle, three more original Classic card games, have far fewer large organized "live" events than Euchre. And these three very fine games, are played throughout the U.S. and Canada! Go figure!

Compare this to Bridge (the ACBL), Cribbage (the ACC), and Gin (the AGPA) and you will see thriving communities with ratings, newsletters, large memberships, and tons of live tournaments. Of course, these games flourished in the days prior to the Internet.

Can the Internet (the primary home for Euchre, Hearts, Spades, and Pinochle) be good source of players for "live" events? Only time will tell....

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Post by NanaGram » Tue Jan 23, 2007 1:03 pm

Okay, so how do we start up a National Organization for Euchre?

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Post by Joe Andrews » Fri Jan 26, 2007 2:24 pm

Very easy.. To have a National Euchre Organization all you have to do is:

1. Find a major sponsor, who would underwrite the costs

2. Unify all of the "live" tournament organizations, and have just one group running "live" tournaments.

3. Unify or consolidate all of the internet sites which offer Euchre, and have just one site as the exclusive place to play Euchre

How about Hardwood? :P A great site....

4. Standardize the Rules, especially those which will be used for "live" events

5. Create a sound and logical Rating system

6. Popularize Euchre on a wide scale geographic basis, beyond its
traditional MidWest U.S. and Ontario, Canada region

7. Appoint a Board of Directors who would serve on a voluntary basis

Bridge, Chess, and Cribbage have National organizations, which function harmoniously - why not Euchre, or for that measure, Spades, Hearts, Pinochle, Canasta, et al.

-And please promise not to call the Annual World Series of Euchre event, The "Joe Andrews" Memorial, as I will be long gone by the time we have a National Euchre Organization. LOL :lol:

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