I ordered up trump from the dealer of the opposing team and the same person said they were going alone and asked for their partners best card. Is that legal in the euchre rules?


According to both the Bicycle Card Company Rules and the EuchreLinks.Com website Rulee only the person actually naming the trump denomination, termed the maker, has the option of going alone.

Playing Alone

If the player who fixes the trump suit believes it will be to his side's advantage to play without the help of his partner's cards, the player exercises this option by declaring "alone" distinctly at the time of making the trump. This player's partner then turns his cards face down and does not participate in the play.


The player, who chooses the trump suit, either by accepting the up-card's suit as trump, or by naming a different suit, is called the maker. Before the play of the hand begins, the maker may announce; "Alone", in which case the maker's partner places his hand facedown and does not participate in the play.

Note that both these Rule compilations do not include your House Rule of a card being passed from maker's partner to the maker.

  • So, it's not in the rules about ordering up the dealer and the same dealer/person says they're going alone afterwards correct? – Connie Arnold Potter Apr 23 at 13:23
  • And also asking for their partner's best card – Connie Arnold Potter Apr 23 at 13:24
  • This was very upsetting to me as I've never seen a play like that and I've been playing for many years and I need clarification regarding that. Thanks! – Connie Arnold Potter Apr 23 at 13:25
  • @ConnieArnoldPotter: The presence of the word "same" in your first comment makes it completely uninterpretable. Yes, my post completely refutes your claim in comment #2 - though of course a group of players is allowed to adopt any House Rules that they mutually agree on. The phrase "a play like that" in your 3rd comment has no obvious antecedent - either in your post, my post, or your comments #1 and #2 - and thus again is completely uninterpretable. – Forget I was ever here Apr 23 at 15:37
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    Okay and Yes,that's a good answer and I didn't think that a person could go alone if trump was already ordered up by the opposing team. Thank you for your help! Connie Potter – Connie Arnold Potter Apr 25 at 16:27

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