Bid euchre is a great game! If you like euchre and don’t know what bid euchre is google it. It is a far superior version and once you start playing it you will never go back to regular euchre. This post is going to be fairly specific – so I suggest only people that are familiar with the game continue reading.
What is the force up?
The force occurs when it is your bid and you force your partner to go alone. Technically it can occur at any time and with any number of assist cards (the cards that are added to the loner player’s hand received from the partner). However, typically you only see the 3rd or 4th bidding player forcing their partner up. The reasoning is it is not a good strategy to force your partner up when you have zero idea what is in their hand.
Why is this a great rule?
The easiest way to answer this is to explain how the rule came about in the first place. I started really getting annoyed when my partner or myself would be first to bid and we had a great hand – so great that we would be a card or two away from a lay down loner. But because you’re bidding first you have no information as to what is in your partner’s hand so either you must risk it, hoping your partner has it, or not go alone. Now in a normal situation, mathematically it makes sense to not go alone. But when your partner did end up having that card it was super frustrating. So how to get around this is the force up was created which allows your partner to force you to go alone when they have the card they assume you need. So, this rule really just removes the frustration of this situation.
An example to make sure you’re following
Examples are the best way to fully understand in my opinion so here is one. Let’s say you’re first to bid and this is your hand. 1x Jack of diamonds, 2x Jack of hearts, 2x Ace of diamonds, 1x Ace of hearts, 1x Ace of clubs, 1x King of spades. Now that is a great hand. If you were to try going alone with 2 cards, with diamonds being the suit, you would need your partner to have the jack or diamonds or for the opponent that holds it to have no other diamonds in their hand. You could try going alone but mathematically you’re better off calling 6 diamonds. So, let’s say you’re a smart player and call 6 diamonds. It gets to your partner and they do indeed have the jack of diamonds. They can force you up with 2, giving you the jack of diamonds and either another trump or an ace and it will be a lay down (no matter what your opponent has they cannot beat you). If they don’t have that jack then they pass and if you win the bid then you’re guaranteed your 6 points, perhaps more. So, you’re guaranteed 6-12 points with this rule. Without it you either are limited to a maximum of 8 points or you could go alone but you would risk going down 12.
All in all, I think it’s a great rule and I’m sure if you start playing with it, you will agree too! Next time you play go and give the force up a try!