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1904
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
45 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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Pinochle
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Binokel
Binokel Gaigel
Binokel Gaigel
Blue Ribbon Pinochle
Charles Goren's Official Pinochle
Club Reno
Double Pinochle
Jackpot
Pinochle Double Skat
Pinochle Jumbo Index cards
Pinocle
Zenith Pinochle
Пинокль
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Classic trick taking card game in which players bid how many points they will score for the right to set trump, then have to make their bid to get their points. Pinochle is played with a modified standard deck. It consists of a 48 card deck with all 2-8's discarded, and two of each card (a Pinochle deck can be made by combining two 52 card decks and stripping all 2-8's).

Pinochle has several unique elements not found in other trick taking games:
- Before playing the hands, players form melds (runs, marriages, pinochle, sets) which are added to their score.
- Played with a double (and sometimes quadruple) deck of cards: A 10 K Q J 9
- Players are required trump when void and over trump if they can.

The original version of Pinochle is a two-handed version which is derived from the virtually identical Bezique.

The game was modified for more players with several popular variants including Partnership Pinochle, Partnership Auction Pinochle, and Double Pack Pinochle (Partnership).

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Points are scored with Melds before play (A player or Partnership must take at least one (1) trick to claim Meld scores). Some Meld Scores:

Flush: A, K, Q, J, 10 of Trump (150 Points)
Royal Marriage: K, Q of Trump (40 Points)
Marriage: K, Q of non-trump suit (20 Points)
Dix: Lowest Trump (Usually 9) (10 Points)
Aces: Four Aces: One of Each Suit (100 Points)
Kings: Four Kings: One of Each Suit (80 Points)
Queens: Four Queens: One of Each Suit (60 Points)
Jacks: Four Jacks: One of Each Suit (40 Points)
Pinochle: Queen of Spades and the Jack of Diamonds (40 Points)
Double Pinochle: Both Queens of Spades and both Jacks of Diamonds (300 Points)

There are also Double Meld scores in the Partnership Games.

Points are also scored by taking certain point cards during tricks. Point card values vary from two-handed to Partnership play, but the total points from trick taking always equals 250 points.

Components:

Microbadge

mb - Pinochle Fan

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4 "Compton Family" Double-Deck Pinochle Rules
My family has a tradition of playing Pinochle using these rules. If anyone else find these rules as fun as we have, let me know. :)
English
2007-12-28
10 Partnership_Auction_Pinochle_Aid.pdf
Player Aid for PArtnership Auction style play. Includes game play notes, Meld Scoring, Trick Scoring (3 methods), and Card Rank reminder. Prints four to a page.
2006-03-11
6 Pinochle_playeraid.pdf
Pinochle meld scoring playeraid -- 3 per sheet
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