Hosting a euchre party lets you have a fun and inexpensive night in with friends. This party is structured so that each party guest gets to be a partner once with every person who attends. Rather than play a full game of euchre, where the pair that tallies 10 points first wins, this tournament has shorter games and keeps track of overall points to determine a winner at the end of the night.
Things You'll Need
- 12 people
- 3 card tables
- 12 chairs
- 3 decks of cards
- Scoring notepad
Plan on 12 total people to play in the euchre party. They must all be present for this type of tournament to work.
Set up the card tables and chairs so there is enough room for everyone to sit comfortably. Place a deck of euchre cards on each table.
Hand everyone a scoring notepad once they pay their fee to play, if you are playing for money and not just bragging rights. A typical euchre party buy-in is $10 per person. This is the money that will be used for prize money. It equals $120 and you can divide that up into prizes however you see fit. Usually that is $70 for first place, $30 for second and $20 for third.
Explain that you will be following the regular euchre rules of play, with one exception. Each table will have total of 12 rounds dealt, with each player dealing three times. At the end of the 12 rounds, each player will record his score -- how many tricks his team has taken -- on the notepad.
At the end of the first game, have your guests switch partners with the people at their table. Play again as stated, recording the scores as before. Continue to play, record and switch until every player has been a partner with every attendee. Have each player then add his or her scores up on the notepad and determine a first, second and third place winner.
Tips & Warnings
- You can make it a two-table party instead, inviting eight people rather than 12.
- A typical 12-person euchre party that begins at 7:30 p.m. will usually finish around 1 a.m. so, plan your time accordingly.
- Make sure that everyone realizes that this is a firm commitment that they are making and if they fail to show then no one can play.
- Have a couple on reserve that is just a call away just in case.
- Make sure that everyone is on time.
- A typical 12 person euchre party that begins at 7:30pm will usually finish around 1am so adjust your time accordingly.
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