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In Pinochle, according to the Bicycle insert in my decks, at least, aces around (one ace of each suit) is worth 100 points. The 9 of trump is worth 10. Other meld values all are multiples of ten.

Likewise, a double aces around (two aces of each suit) is worth 1000 points.

What is the reason for using multiples of ten for point values even at the entry level instead of a simpler form (which I always play with) of 10 points for aces around, 4 for the pinochle, 1 for the 9 of trump, etc?

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To make it easier and more tempting to play for high-stakes. United States Playing Card Company will deny this of course. –  Pieter Geerkens Aug 8 '13 at 22:42
    
My parents always thought this was just dumb and never played with extra zero at the end, so I was taught to not do that –  Benjamin Leinweber Aug 17 at 15:06

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The current 10 points for every Ace, 10 and King in the trick pile is a new simplified scoring. The original scoring had different values for different cards so although the multiples of 10 aren't needed now they were before.

According to http://www.playingcardsandmore.com/pinochleanoverview.aspx

Original Card Values: Each Ace 11, Each Ten 10, Each King 4, Each Queen 3, Each Jack 2, Each Nine 0.
The Simplified Card Values: Each Ace 10, Each Ten 10, each King 5, Each Queen 5, Each Jack 0, each Nine 0.
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