Penryn, Falmouth and District Euchre League

An introduction into the way we play Euchre in our league.


The 4 players in the team are divided into three pairs and each pair play 3 games of 21 points.


Each team plays 9 games in an evening and the winners are the team that wins 5 or more games out of the 6. As you can see in our League tables the points and games won are added weekly and at the end of the season the team with the most points are the section winners. League points are awarded according to the number of games won. If two or more teams have the same number of points, it is the team with the highest number of matches won who are the winners.


The pack is made up of 25 cards, with the Joker (Benny) being the highest value card, followed by the Jacks (Bowers) down to the nine,


The first deal is for who starts the play. There is no hard and fast rule as to who deals first but whoever deals will offer the cards to the player on the right to cut. (This can sometimes be a bit of a grey area as some Euchre schools allow tapping of the cards' or bumping. We prefer the cards cut well into the pack to keep them well mixed up)  The dealer will then deal a single card face up to each player starting with the player to the left until a Jack of any suit is turned up. The player receiving the Jack is the person who starts the main play.


The start player or dealer offers the cards to the player on the right to cut and then starting with the player on the left deals each player 2 or 3 cards on the first round and two three cards on the second round making a total of 5 for each player. The remaining cards are placed face down on the table and the top card is turned face up.


The card turned up is now the active card on which players can make trumps. In our league the player on the dealers’ left is always the first player to call or shout.


This player will pass or order up the dealer, in the case of the first player passing the second player (dealers Partner) may do like wise, but if they order the dealer they will go alone. The dealer stacking their hand. In the event of the second player passing the third player may order up of pass. Should all three pass the dealer has the choice pf passing of picking up the face up card and making that suit trumps, the dealer discards one of their own card to make the number of card five


If all the players pass on the first round the active card is turned face down on the pack or (sleeping hand) and  each player, starting with the player to the left of the dealer can decide to pass or make trumps of any suit they wish, except for the suit that was passed on the first round.


If all players pass on the first and second round that deal is finished and the deal goes to the player on the dealers left.


The object of the game is to be the first pair to reach 15 points and the following is how the points are scored.


  • A lone shout making all 5 tricks = 4 points.
  • A lone shout making 3 or 4 tricks = 1 point.
  • A lone shout making less than 3 tricks is a euchre and 2 points are awarded to the opposing team.
  • A shout with a partner, making all 5 tricks = 2 points.
  • A shout with a partner making 3 or 4 tricks = 1 point.
  • A shout with a partner making less than 3 tricks is a euchre and 2 points are awarded to the opposing team.
  • A Lone Shout against the trump caller making 3 or more tricks thus euchring the caller = 4 points



The aim of the Penryn, Falmouth & District Euchre League is to provide organized euchre playing for as many people as want to play on a Wednesday night in a friendly and relaxing environment

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