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Duplicate Euchre

Posted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 4:24 pm
by Joe Andrews
Happy Holidays everyone!

I have seen many of the posts regarding the RDG, the erratic deals, and how unlucky cards often decide the outcome of games. Maybe the RDG is fair; however, there is no way to make all of the deals "equal". After all, are you going to deal one Jack to each player for every hand? How about an ice cold Loner to one player and junk to all of the others every 4th hand? And, as you know, one bad hand at the end of a match can spell defeat! The answer is very simple:

Duplicate Euchre !

The concept has worked beautifully for the ACBL (American Contract Bridge League) for 75 years, and is the basis of all their events from the local club level to their national Championships. Go to the ACBL's site and check it out yourself! :)

Duplicate eliminates the luck of the deal, as your Team's (you and your partner) results are COMPARED to all of the other Teams who sit in the SAME direction. Every hand is its own separate entity. A game consists of 12 - 16 hands. North / South teams are stationary; East / West Teams move to the next highest # table to play one or two different hands against a new N / S pair. Duplicate is not played in a "Tens" format; instead, the hands are Match - Pointed, based on the results. If your side bids a Loner, and makes it, (and the other Teams "Chickened out") - you get the top score for that hand. Ditto if your side is the only Team which euchres the opponents on another given deal. Given the fact that all Teams play the same hand at the same time (and then a new hand for each subsequent deal), there is no need to utter the nauseating familiar refrain -

"They got the better cards and beat us" :lol: :evil: :lol: :evil: :lol:

I introduced Duplicate Euchre at a "live" event in London, Ontario (CA) in 1999, and I have conducted more than 25 "live" Duplicate tournaments. I am willing to volunteer my time to help Silvercreek / HW implent this variation. :D

Any comments?