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The Laws of Euchre As adopted by the Somerset Club of Boston, March 1, 1888   By: (1855-1930)

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In "The Laws of Euchre," author Herbert Corey Leeds presents a comprehensive guide to one of the most popular card games of the late 19th century. Originally adopted by the renowned Somerset Club of Boston on March 1, 1888, these laws served as a reference for players seeking to understand and adhere to the rules of the game.

Leeds begins by exploring the history and origins of Euchre, shedding light on its European roots before it gained popularity in America. This historical context provides readers with a deeper appreciation for the game's cultural significance and its evolution over time.

The core of the book lies in its detailed explanation of the rules. Leeds writes with precision, ensuring that readers gain a firm understanding of every aspect of Euchre. From the dealing process to understanding trump, from the scoring system to the hierarchy of card values, Leeds leaves no stone unturned.

What sets this book apart is its emphasis on fairness. The author emphasizes the importance of playing the game with integrity, instilling in players a sense of sportsmanship and respect for the rules. Leeds addresses scenarios that may arise during gameplay, offering clear guidance on common dilemmas and providing a framework for resolving disputes.

While the book primarily focuses on the standard rules of Euchre, Leeds also provides variations and optional rules that players can incorporate to add excitement and variety to their games. These alternatives cater to players seeking a new challenge or a chance to customize the game according to their preferences.

One aspect of "The Laws of Euchre" that deserves praise is the clarity of its language. Leeds presents the material in a concise and accessible manner, ensuring that both experienced players and newcomers to the game can follow along effortlessly. The author's writing style facilitates the learning process, allowing readers to grasp the complexities of Euchre with relative ease.

However, it should be noted that the context in which this book was written may limit its appeal to a modern audience. The Somerset Club's adoption of these laws in 1888 suggests they were intended for a specific community of players. Consequently, some of the references and examples may feel outdated or unfamiliar to those less acquainted with the historical context of Euchre.

"The Laws of Euchre" by Herbert Corey Leeds is a valuable resource for Euchre enthusiasts, card game historians, and anyone seeking a comprehensive understanding of this beloved pastime. While the book might benefit from additional updates to make it more accessible to contemporary readers, it nevertheless offers an insightful and thorough exploration of the game's rules and principles. Ultimately, Leeds' dedication to promoting fair play and his meticulous attention to detail make this book a worthwhile addition to any Euchre player's library.

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With Some Suggestions about the Play



BOSTON TICKNOR AND COMPANY 211 Tremont Street 1888

Copyright, 1888, BY TICKNOR AND COMPANY.

All rights reserved.




Euchre is played in so many different ways and under so many different rules that there seems to be a necessity for more rigid and exact Laws than exist at present.

The Laws of Euchre, as here appended, have stood the test of time and received the attention of many scientific Euchre players.

If any game of cards is worth playing at all, it should be played according to rule in the strictest interpretation, and no favors should be given or expected.

An attempt has been made in these Rules to make the penalties commensurate with the advantage which might be gained by the error. A common instance of this is in the case of a lead out of turn. It often happens that the exposed card is an advantage to the side so offending, and the adversaries have no redress. Here the Whist Law has been applied, allowing the non offending side the option of two penalties. See Rule 52.

Another instance occurs in a lone hand... Continue reading book >>

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