Rules and Etiquette

A few suggestions and guidelines for being a courteous player so that everyone enjoys the game.

  • Renege

    If a player does not follow suit when he is able to (usually by playing a trump card instead), it is considered a renege, and the opposing team is rewarded two points if it is caught in later tricks of the same hand.

    A variation on calling out a renege is that if more than one card of the reneged suit is played afterward, the infraction may only be called on the first instance; if it is not called until the second instance it does not count.

    A cheating or strategic player often reneges purposely in order to win a trick if they think the opposing team will not catch the renege. However reneges can also be unintentional, where a player misreads some of his/her cards, most commonly by misinterpreting the left bower as being of its native suit, but are still callable by opponents as reneging.

    If a player reneges when the opposing player is going alone, that team may be awarded 4 points instead of 2, depending upon region. In those areas, purposely reneging when the opposing player is going alone to prevent them from getting the full 4 points is explicitly allowed but considered somewhat underhanded, akin to stealing the deal. If the player going alone reneges the opposing team is likewise awarded 4 points as the value of a renege has been changed for a lone hand condition and should count equally for both teams.

  • Cross Boarding

    No one enjoys making accusations or feeling that they may be a victim for cheating. The behavior listed below may be percieved by your opponents as an attempt to gain an unfair advantage. Unscrupulous partners are known to increase their chances of winning tricks by cooperative communication which is not allowed in play. Outright verbal cross-boarding is commonly known as "table talk" or "kibitzing."

    This can take the form of:

    • Innocuous code words to tell what cards are in the player's own hand or to query what cards are in the partner's hand or what trump to declare.
      • E.g. "You look so LOVELY tonight."
      • Translation: I have a lot of hearts in my hand. Call hearts as trump.
    • Secret gestures. Some examples: loud cough means partner should pass; scratching the right side of your face tells your partner you have the right bower (similar for left side); placing your cards face down during bidding is an invitation for your partner to go alone; discussing golf indicates that clubs should be called; twisting your ring or ring finger usually means your partner should call diamonds.

    If cross boarding is called, depending on local rules, points may be given to the team calling out the infraction, or the hand may be simply disqualified and re-dealt by the next player in order. The player accused of cheating may or may not be given a chance to refute the charge.

    Some variations allow (or at least accept the inevitability of) the following form of non-verbal communication: A player may gratuitously hesitate before passing to signal to his partner that his cards are helpful to the offered trump, but are not sufficient to guarantee a win. This adds an additional element of strategy in that players may bluff hesitation to discourage the opponent from calling the offered trump. In some regions, overt table talk is allowed as both teams have equal opportunity to benefit from the information.<br

  • House Rules

    • The declarer must have a natural trump in hand to make trump. The left bower is not a natural trump.
    • No Ace, No Face, No Trump rule applies. The deal moves to the left.
    • The cards must be dealt one at a time dealing clockwise.
    • To select the first dealer, deal out one card face up to each player in turn and the first Jack will decide the dealer.
    • If the dealer turns down the "Turn Card" and all four players pass again; the deal then moves to the left.
    • A player with a white score sheet must play with a player with a different colour score sheet.
    • The "Winners" will move after each game. The player with the "White" score sheet will move up (1, 2, 3 etc). The player with a colour score sheet will move down (4, 3, 2 etc.)
    • Hesitation:
      • If the dealer's partner hesitates without ordering up the "Turn Up" card to make trump and go alone then the opposing team may request a re-deal.

    Good Luck!

    Remember Good Sportsmanship!

    Download a printable version of the House Rules here

  • British Columbia & Yukon Euchre Rules

    1. The declarer must have a natural trump in hand to make trump. The left bower is not a natural trump.
    2. 12 hands will be played each game.
    3. No ace, no face, no trump rule applies. The deal then moves to the left.
    4. The cards must be dealt. One at a time dealing clock wise.
    5. To select the first dealer, deal out one card face up to each player in turn and the first “jack” will decide the first dealer.
    6. Declaring trump. If all four players pass, the deal then moves to the player on the left to deal.

    Misplayed card rule:  The rule is if a card is misplayed and I corrected it before the hand is turned over, the mistake can be corrected. The misplayed card remains face up on the table and is played at the first available opportunity.

    The Definition of a Renege: A renege is when a player does not follow suit, when they are able to. The opposing team is rewarded two points or four points on a loner if the error is caught later in the same hand. The team calling the renege has the right to look back at previously played cards. The player must wait until the play is completed.

    Hestation: If the dealer's partner hesitates without ordering up the turn-up card to make trump and going alone the opposing team can request a re-deal.

    Good luck.

    Remember good sportmanship!


       When dealing and you are going to make the up card trump and you are going to play the hand alone;

    1.   Declare that you are going play the hand alone so the other three players hear you.
    2. Then put your discard under the missy.
    3.   Then pick up the trump card. Why you say, because there are quick players that try to stop you from going alone by playing a card quickly before you say you are going alone.