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Determining if/when to use trump in the "pre-game" of 2-handed Pinochle

There may be other ways to think about this, but for me these are the reasons to play trump during the melding phase: If you need to start the game with the lead. If you have a lone Ace or if you ...
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Why does Pinochle utilize ultra-high point values for melds?

According to pagat.com's John McLeod, quite a well researched card aficionado, there were four steps in the evolution of Pinochle scoring. http://www.powerpinochle.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=877&...
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Why does Pinochle utilize ultra-high point values for melds?

The current 10 points for every Ace, 10 and King in the trick pile is a new way of scoring. The original scoring had different values for different cards so although the multiples of 10 aren't needed ...
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Who wins when both teams score above 500 in Double Deck Pinochle?

There are many different sets of rules for Pinochle, most are the same but almost every household I've played at has something 'different'. However, my understanding of the winner (in what ever ...
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In Pinochle, what is the probability of a thousand aces and a double run in one hand?

TLDR: This will happen roughly once every 1.7 million hands. Rules Background Double-deck Pinochle is a four player game using a deck of 80 cards (four lots of ATKQJ in each of ♣♦♥♠) (cf. Wikipedia ...
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Opponent has a run in trump

They get the full 150 for their run. A run is by definition an A, 10, K, Q, J of trump suit; which is what they had. It is not required to be the person who won the bid in order to have a run. From ...
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In Pinochle, what is the probability of a thousand aces and a double run in one hand?

TL;DR: The odds are 1 in 1,733,866 To compute: First calculate how many ways you can select a "winning hand": Winning configuration count for your choice of suit x: Each digit in the ...
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Generic player position names for five player matches

I don't know of an "usual" way of calling players in that case, but wouldn't a clock analogy do the trick, here? You could have: 12 o'clock 2 o'clock 5 o'clock 7 o'clock 10 o'clock
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Impossible bid at Pinochle

There is no rule stating that you cannot make a bid that's impossible to win, or that you cannot proceed to play the hand if your bid is impossible. Some rule sources have a rule that a player can ...
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Odds question from mindblowing Pinochle hand

Assuming double deck of 80 cards and four players, the number of ways you can get a double run and the player to your left can get a run in the same suit is: 4*(C(4,2)*C(2,1))^5*C(50,25) (4 for the ...
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double royal marriage and a roundhouse

A roundhouse normally doesn't have any special scoring involved; it is simply a nickname for a set of other things that score, that happen to add up to 24. In your case: Double Royal Marriage: 8 ...
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Meld points in a double deck pinochle game

You would have 6 points for the Queens, 4 points for the Jacks, and 30 points for the double pinochle, for a total of 40 points. This is really no different than the single pinochle case that you ...
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Generic player position names for five player matches

Card games often use cardinal seat naming; probably for the intuitive/spatial advantage. When the number of players forces a decision to be made about how to name a seat using cardinal points, I'd ...
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Generic player position names for five player matches

Bouncing on @rainbolt's answer, if spatial position is not important in the game you describe but you fear confusion by using A,B,C,D,E or 1,2,3,4,5, you could maybe also go with the Greek alphabet : ...
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Generic player position names for five player matches

I don't think there are any usual terms. This is not as fancy as cardinal directions, but it is simple: One Two Three Four Five The beauty of this approach is that, like cardinal directions, as soon ...
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What are the odds of being dealt particular melds in Double Deck Pinochle?

The odds of a given player being dealt hands with those melds in them are roughly as follows: | MELD TYPE | NONE | SINGLE | DOUBLE | TRIPLE | QUAD | | Runs | 0.522113 | 0....
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