I'm the dealer. The person to the left tells me to pick it up. He plays before I discard. As a result of the fast play, I forget to discard, and in the end of the play, I'm obviously holding onto one extra card. Does the official play begin at the discard? Or am I penalized for not discarding?

  • The original title was entirely valid. Removing the name of the game in question makes it a vague and unclear title; such removal is not helpful.
    – Nij
    Mar 20, 2017 at 3:37
  • @Nij I think part of the issue was that prefacing the question title with "Euchre:" is really unnatural and not how questions are usually written on this site. I changed the word "Euchre" to be part of the question to be more natural, but still keep that information. Does that seem like a fair compromise? Mar 20, 2017 at 15:09
  • Much more natural, yes.
    – Nij
    Mar 20, 2017 at 17:33

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Officially play does not begin until the dealer has discarded.

(take the following quote with a grain of salt, there are tons of euchre variants and home rules that may contradict this).


XIII. If the eldest-hand leads before the dealer has discarded, he cannot withdraw his card and change his lead, nor can the dealer be deprived of his right to play alone. The discard is not completed until the dealer places his card under the kitty, or on the table, and has quitted it; and when the dealer has once quitted the discarded card, he cannot change it.

XVIII. If any player plays with six or more cards, or, if the dealer plays and omits to discard and fails to announce the fact before three tricks have been turned, such player or dealer cannot count the point, or points, made on their side in the hand, and they lose the deal. But if the adverse party win under such circumstances, they are entitled to count all they make.

If you had stopped play and discarded after the first card(s) were played, they cannot be un-play their card once you discard (and you can use that information to choose a discard).

Since you did not discard and played the hand with 6 cards, you cannot score points this hand.

  • Might be worthwhile re-emphasizing in the last sentence that the failure to discard does not prevent non-dealing side from scoring. Jan 25, 2016 at 17:03
  • In this particular case, the dealer side won the round, but when caught with the extra card, the non-dealer team gave themselves 2 points because dealer played with 6 cards. I don't think that is covered in any rules I've found. Jan 25, 2016 at 18:50

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