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Pinochle anyone? [Nov. 28th, 2005|06:13 pm]

Today I wrote up and posted online, the Rules to Pinochle, including a Strategy page, and a Glossary. Anyone looking to take on the challenge of learning a fairly unique game should take a look at it. And for those of you who already know how to play, check it out and let me know what I missed. I already know that at some point I should put up some diagrams on meld layouts (ways to easily indicate arounds, trump, etc.)

This is the Double Deck variation played by my family for many years now. I decided to post this up partly as a way to encourage new players, and also to say thanks to anyone who has taught me a new game over the years. Thanks!

Anyone interested in playing a game, or learning by doing, let me know.

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[User Picture]From: qedrakmar
2005-11-28 10:18 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure why, but it seems ideal to play pinochle while eating penuche.
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[User Picture]From: goldenoak
2005-11-29 01:35 am (UTC)
Playing pinochle while pleasing your palate with penuche = panache.

I remember playing pinochle with my grandfather when I was a kid, but I haven't even thought about it for decades. Fond memories. :)
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[User Picture]From: vortexofchaos
2005-11-28 10:51 pm (UTC)
It's interesting to see some of the variations.

It's been ages since I played, but I learned single and double deck with my parents and my Polish grandparents. My grandpa was a suicidal bidder. I took the game with me to the dorm at Michigan, where we used to have all night sessions. Pinochle died out when we discovered D&D.
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[User Picture]From: laurion
2005-11-29 02:49 pm (UTC)
D&D does have the advantage of greater flexibility when it comes to numbers. I think it's more permissable to be cutthroat with pinochle though. *grin*

The most unique variation my family seems to play with is 16 pts for a run instead of 15. Makes the meld counting a trifle easier. All the other variations seem to crop up regularly in different parts of the country.
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[User Picture]From: roamin_umpire
2005-11-29 01:34 am (UTC)
Huh - definitely a different version than what I know, and not just the double deck. (Specifically, the way I have played, you only have to crawl in trump, and only when it's led. It's a rule I dislike anyway, but that's why I play bridge when possible anyway.)
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[User Picture]From: laurion
2005-11-29 02:53 pm (UTC)
Only crawl in trump, and only when led? That's a variation I haven't seen elsewhere... it does tend to break a lot of the strategies of the game?

Bridge has its own set of complications and difficulties, and you really need players on similar skill levels, I find. Pinochle is a bit more forgiving in that regard, because the basic strategies are straightforward and easy to learn.

Bridge is also different enough that I have a hard time actually comparing them.
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[User Picture]From: msmemory
2005-11-29 02:14 am (UTC)
I used to play 3-handed pinochle, and occasionally 4-handed, with my high school boyfriend and his family. I've probably forgotten 90% of what I knew but would love to play again. And I have a deck or two, in a box somewhere around here.
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[User Picture]From: laurion
2005-11-29 02:55 pm (UTC)
At current, you have a lot of things 'in a box somewhere around here', so it's probably easier for me to grab a deck. *smile* I'd be pleased to play some time.
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