How to Play Pinochle Card Game: A Quick Guide for Beginners

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Pinochle is a strategic card game for 2-4 players that uses a special 48-card deck. Here’s a quick guide to get you started:

  • Objective: Score points by forming combinations from cards and winning tricks.
  • Deck: Use a Pinochle deck containing two sets of nine through ace in each suit.
  • Setup: Deal 12 cards to each player in a 4-player game or 15 in a 3-player game.
  • Melds: Earn points through specific card combinations like marriages (king and queen) and runs (A, 10, K, Q, J of trump).
  • Playing Tricks: Play cards to win tricks by having the highest-ranking trump card or the highest card of the leading suit.
  • Scoring: Count points from melds and tricks won. The first player/team to reach the agreed-upon score wins.

Start practicing your strategy and enjoy the classic Pinochle card game!

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