Card Players of SCW Club
Euchre, Five-Hundred, Pan, Sheepshead
Enjoy playing Euchre, Five-Hundred, Pan, and SheepsheadMeet and play with friends
Card Players of SCW Club has combined several card activities to reach more of our community.
We have combined our Euchre, 500, Pan, and Sheepshead Clubs.
Euchre is a trick-taking card game most commonly played with four people in two partnerships with a deck of 24, 28, or sometimes 32, standard playing cards. Euchre (and its variations) is the reason why modern card decks were first packaged with jokers, a card originally designed to act as the right and left “bowers” (high trumps). Euchre is an offshoot of Juckerspiel, a game that became widely popular throughout Europe during the Napoleonic era. In the 1800s, it became one of the most popular card games in America and Australia.
The 500 or Five-Hundred Club is a great place to meet new friends and have fun playing 500.
We organize Five-Hundred card games for you to enjoy with friends, new and old. Don’t worry if you’re new to a game or need a refresher, other players are always willing to help.
Five-Hundred is a trick-taking game that is an extension of Euchre with some ideas from Bridge. Games are for two to six players it is most commonly played by four players in partnerships but is sometimes recommended as a good three player game.
Pan (short for Panquingue) is a gambling game, played with 8 decks of cards, You work toward runs and sets, similar to gin rummy, but it has many of its own rules and terminology.
Camaraderie is built into the card game’s history. Most accounts date Sheepshead back to Middle Europe in the late 1700s. Back then, peasants allegedly invented the game “Schafskopf” to vent their frustration over the government. Sheepshead modified the order of cards because the peasants in Europe were disgruntled with the kings, so in their card games they gave the kings a lower rank. They made Queens, Jacks, and diamonds (a symbol of wealth) trump.
The name had nothing to do with sheep, either. It referred to where the game was usually played – on the head of barrels or kegs known as Schaffen. Sheepshead is played in a 5 player format using 32 cards, each with a different point value and strength. The object of the game, as picker of the blinds, is to get at least 61 points by taking enough trick count.