|Welcome to PowerPinochle.com|
PowerPinochle.com is a haven for all double-deck pinochle enthusiasts to meet, share, and grow. Players at all levels of skill and experience are welcome. One of our many goals for this website is to create a friendly and helpful environment for new players who want to learn how to play double-deck pinochle. In the past there has been no place for potential pinochle players to go if they wanted to learn how to play this great game. Here, at PowerPinochle.com, we intend to fix that problem by creating different learning tools for new players to use. If you are not new to the game of pinochle, you will enjoy the in-depth and thoughtful pinochle analysis and discussions in the forums. Although we are in the beginning stages of what we hope will be an effective tool for expanding the game of double-deck pinochle, there is something here for players of all skill levels. If you feel something is missing...we welcome you to join us and fill the void. Welcome to PowerPinochle.com!
|Four Year Anniversary|
It is hard to believe that we are a few months away from our Four Year Anniversary at PowerPinochle.com. As an income reducing hobby, this has truly turned into one of the top pinochle websites in the world. June will mark our 4th full year of operation, and while we are excited and proud of what we have accomplished, we still have more ideas and dreams than time and money, but we keep chugging along as we can. What was initially intended to be a blog site to promote a pinochle book which is still not written, has turned into a community for pinochle lovers, with tools to help teach and grow the game of pinochle. Thank you for everyone that has participated and contributed to this great game, and may we continue to evolve into the greatest pinochle site in the world!
|Congratuations To TigreLXIX!!|
TigreLXIX is the new leader on both Meld Test Leaderboards!!
The Speed Leaderboard has a new fastest time of 68 seconds!!
Congratulations on this amazing accomplishment!!
|New Beginner's Training Tool|
Under the Basics tab, we have a new addition! The Beginner's Hand Classifier is just one of the new training tools in development for beginning pinochle players. These tools are designed for a player who has no experience with card games of any kind. Please add your comments in the forums, and let us know if these tools are not basic enough. Our goal is to eventually have the training tools in place that will give anyone, who wants to learn to play pinochle, the ability to quickly learn the basics that will allow them to play.
|Meld Test Leaderboard Alert!|
WE HAVE A NEW CHAMPION!!!
TigreLXIX with a score of 92,691,660.
Congratulations to the new points leader!
LuckyLarryDavid still holds the top spot on the speed leaderboard.
|If You Could Build Your Own Pinochle Site...|
Do you like ratings?
The ability to private message?
Would you want timers?
Share your thoughts in the forums or click HERE.
|Are You A Pinochle AND Chess Player?|
I've noticed that those who love thinking games...love thinking games, and chess is certainly a thinking game. If you enjoy playing your favorite thinking games online, you may want to take a look at GameKnot. If you love chess but don't have the time to sit down for a whole game, GameKnot allows you to make one move and walk away for days until you need to make your next move. To find out more click here: Online Chess
|PlayOK Is An OK Place To Play|
Well, at this point we have no reason to believe that Yahoo is ever going to revert to a play-for-free model; they're directing us to a site where there's a fee to play. Not a large fee, to be sure, but still a fee. That doesn't really appeal to most people. Everywhere else I've tried, has tons of issues. PlayOK at least keeps the overall play environment clean and simple.
Read the rest of ToreadorElder's post about his preferred place to play pinochle on the web by clicking HERE.
|New Power Pinochle Merchandise|
Soon we will have a link to the new Power Pinochle Store next to the Glossary link, but for now, please check out:
http://www.cafepress.com/powerpinochle or click here.
Please identify things that need to be eliminated and give us your ideas for different designs or ideas. If you want something specific, please let us know, and we will make it available for you if possible.
Also, before purchasing anything go to http://www.cafepress.com or click here and then go to the bottom of the website and enter your email address to "get exclusive offers". Then you will receive promotional emails which will allow you to get discounts on purchases. Let us know in the forums if there are any questions.
From those of us at PowerPinochle.com, we would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas and wonderful holiday season.
|A Signaling Quiz|
Keep up to date on the latest pinochle discussion in the forums. The latest and greatest post in the forums is a quiz on signaling. Signaling is an underused tactic to communicate information to your partner during the playing phase of the game. To read and/or respond to the quiz and quiz answers, click here.
|Games.com Pinochle Review|
Our last Power Pinochle member game was played at Games.com, and we had an opportunity to gain some experience using their software. This is going to be a comparison between Yahoo Pinochle (our preferred pinochle playing site) and Games.com. There are some great things that Games.com does for their users. There is a search feature that allows you to find your friends, and there is no stalling because each player has a timer that counts down when it is their turn to bid or play a card. The problem we have with the timer is that if you do not play a card or bid in time, you are booted from the game (if one of the players at the table doesn't want to wait for you). This does not slow things down for the other players, because once you are ejected from your seat, a bot will take your place, until you or another player takes that seat. The only difference in game rules, play and scoring is that a triple pinochle is worth 60 meld compared to Yahoo's 45 meld.
Games.com is a good place for beginners to practice and learn how to play. Anyone can sit down at a table and play against bots instead of real people. Games.com also counts meld for you, which is good for a beginner if they use it to practice counting their meld and checking their results. Otherwise, it does not prepare your mind for a real game where you have to be able to accurately count your meld in a timely manner. We would recommend Games.com for the beginning player who is learning to count meld and play the hand, but after those skills are learned, Yahoo Pinochle is a better option because of the realism to a live game, the size of the player pool, and the segregation by skill level (among other things). If you are only a Games.com Pinochle player, please take the time to configure your browser(s) and Java so that you can play pinochle at Yahoo, even if it is only for our Power Pinochle games. Coming shortly will be a link on the home page and the forums to the Yahoo Pinochle lobby and a link directly to the Beginner Lounge where we play our Power Pinochle games. If you have any questions or need assistance, let us know in the forums. We will be happy to help.
|The Relationship between Tricks and Points|
Of the 80 pinochle cards in a deck, 48 of them (Aces, Tens, and Kings) are points. That means sixty percent of the deck is points, so each trick (4 cards) is going to average out to have 2.4 points (60% of 4 = 2.4). Obviously, it is impossible for one trick to hold 2.4 points. A random trick won during any pinochle game would be made up of 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4 points. However, the more tricks a team takes, the closer their point total will be to averaging 2.4 points per trick. Here are the point approximations a team will get when they take X number of tricks:
8 tricks = 19.2 points
9 tricks = 21.6 points
10 tricks = 24.0 points
11 tricks = 26.4 points
12 tricks = 28.8 points
13 tricks = 31.2 points
14 tricks = 33.6 points
15 tricks = 36.0 points
16 tricks = 38.4 points
17 tricks = 40.8 points
18 tricks = 43.2 points
19 tricks = 45.6 points
- The above list does not include extra 2 points received for taking the last trick
To make life easier, we round up 2.4 points per trick to 2.5 and the list looks like this:
8 tricks = 20.0 points
9 tricks = 22.5 points
10 tricks = 25.0 points
11 tricks = 27.5 points
12 tricks = 30.0 points
13 tricks = 32.5 points
14 tricks = 35.0 points
15 tricks = 37.5 points
16 tricks = 40.0 points
17 tricks = 42.5 points
18 tricks = 45.0 points
19 tricks = 47.5 points
If you are rounding up to 2.5 points per trick to make your in-game math easier, you will be disappointed when your partnership takes 8 tricks without the last trick and still doesn't save (get 20 points) or takes 12 tricks without the last trick (not sure how often this happens) and doesn't shutdown the opponents (get 31 points and keep them from saving their meld).
|Meld Test Addition|
Have you been playing the Meld Test and wanted to know your personal Meld Test History? Go to the Meld Board Leaderboards now, and at the bottom is your Meld Test History for your eyes only!
If you have not yet tried the Meld Test now is the time to do it! The Meld Test History only shows your last 20 tests taken, but you can click on a link to view your ENTIRE history. See how much you have improved in accuracy and speed.
|New Meld Test Leader!|
MickMackUSA has climbed into the top spot to claim bragging rights on the Meld Test Leaderboard. Tony Ennis, a new Power Pinochle member, has leapfrogged most of the list to land in third place, while some of our top posters in the forums are afraid to attempt the Meld Test.
If you have not played this addictive and fun game and you think you are a good pinochle player....Prove it and get your competitive juices flowing. Not only is it fun (and frustrating), it is great practice for your mind to prepare it for an upcoming pinochle game.
Speaking of an upcoming pinochle game, our next Power Pinochle game (as listed in the forums and on our facebook page) is July 18, 2013 at 9pm EST. Join us on Skype or at the table (which will be announced in the forums and on Skype for any Power Pinochle member who is interested in playing, watching, listening, and/or chatting (voice or text). Hope to see you there!
|Power Pinochle Game|
June 27, 2013 at 9pm EST we will have our next game. Visit the forums for details or to ask any questions. Hope to see you then!
|Power Pinochle Game on Thursday!|
Visit the forums and post if you will be with us Thursday night (9pm EST).
Practice using the Meld Test and try to move up the Leaderboard. We will "see" you then!
|Power Pinochle Offical Bidding System|
We have the opportunity to document an "official" bidding system. We will create a page on this website and have the bidding system. The only "official" bidding system I have ever seen was in the out-of-print book "Winning Pinochle Strategies" written by Anthony Collins, a National Pinochle Association player (an organization that is now defunct). But the NPA counted a run as 25 instead of 15, which changes the whole bidding game (which also probably explains why they were meld first always bidders).
I don't mean for us to create a whole new bidding system, but to take the existing general knowledge most players have, and finalize it by making it a little more logical and easier to understand and learn on some of the finer, rarer points. While we are a small community, I think we have some of the sharpest card minds around. Maybe I'm biased, but I think we can do it. Then whatever happens will happen, but at least when we analyze hands together we will be on the same page with our bidding system. Join the discussion in the forums.
|Next Power Pinochle Game Night In Two Days!|
Visit the forums and post if you will be with us Thursday night (9pm EST).
Practice using the Meld Test and try to move up the Leaderboard. We will "see" you then!
|First Pinochle Member Pinochle Game Update|
We are hosting a game for fun and learning at Yahoo Pinochle this Saturday at 9pm EST, so if you would like to join us, click HERE to express your interest.
We will be having a group chat on skype, so if you want to play or just watch and/or listen, join us in the forums at 9pm EST where a new thread will be posted with the information needed to join us!
|Like Us On Facebook|
As recommended by our community, we have created a facebook page for Power Pinochle. Search for Power Pinochle on facebook to like the page or visit the page by clicking: The Power Pinochle Facebook Page.
Or like us below:
|Power Pinochle Member Pinochle Game|
We are looking to create a game for fun and learning, so if you are interested, click HERE.
Follow the directions in the post and keep visiting for an update on our first PowerPinochle.com hosted pinochle game!
The November Surprise has launched! It is a timed test to see how quickly you can accurately count meld from random pinochle hands. You have to be logged into the forums, because when you successfully count ten hands accurately, you will be listed on the Leader Board. Click on the link that reads MELD TEST in the upper left of the site page to bring you to the Meld Counting Time Trial start page and Leader Board or click HERE.
This is a fun game for experienced pinochle players to compete and see who can get the highest scores. It is also a learning tool for beginners to train their minds to accurately and quickly count meld. The score is derived by time and difficulty level (which are randomly created). This is the first version, so if you have any questions or suggestions please let us know in the forums HERE.
|The Most Popular...|
Have you read the most popular posts in the forums yet?
Maybe you think you have, but you don't know for sure?
Take a look at the forum statistics by clicking HERE.
At the bottom left of the page is the list of the "Most Replied To Threads" and on the bottom right of the page is the list of the "Most Viewed Threads." View the forum statistics at your convenience to ensure you have not missed the most popular threads in the forums.
A quick update on the November surprise...we are close to presenting this fun surprise, but found a weakness in security that needs to be addressed. Your patience will be rewarded...if you are a true pinochle player. (You will have to wait and see what that means.) Enjoy March Madness!
|Revisiting November's Surprise|
At the end of November, we had a surprise coming to the site which is just now being finalized and tested. We are very excited about it, and we hope that everyone will be equally excited once it is unveiled. All I can say for now is to make sure you remember your login ID and password for the forums. If you haven't logged in for a while, I would recommend that you give it a try to make sure everything is working correctly. If you have never joined the forums, now is the time to register and join. It is a very quick and simple process. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
|Telling The Full Story by ToreadorElder|
Many hands have one message to say..."I have aces" or "I've got 20"...and they're done once they've managed that. They'll pass from then on. Other hands might have more than one thing to say. They can't say "p, I've got aces" AND "p, I've got 30 meld" at the same time; the 30 meld bid doesn't show the aces, and the aces bid doesn't show the meld. In another case, perhaps they have a fairly good playing hand, and meld. Can't show both in one bid.
The solution? Bid more than once, of course. So how do you show the various combinations? Will finish this later, but the first big point is this: the FIRST bid you make, is determined by the aspect you want to emphasize the most.
|Help Us Perfect Power Pinochle's Glossary|
As the Power Pinochle community is growing, our website must grow along with us. We created a Glossary for those learning the game, but it is imperfect and incomplete. (To view the Glossary, click on the link in the upper left of the website or click HERE.)
Due to popular demand, we have created the Official Glossary Editing Thread HERE in the forums. In this thread, please post all pinochle terms and/or definitions that need to be discussed, added, or edited. As goes with every area of the forums, we welcome all posts, ideas, questions, and thoughts. Please help us perfect Power Pinochle's Glossary by going to the Official Glossary Editing Thread in the "Site Suggestions & Support" forum. Or you can quickly view the thread by clicking HERE.
|Power Pinochle 2012 Review|
In 2012 we created PowerPinochle.com for any current or potential double-deck pinochle player. Initially we had two goals:
1. To build a friendly and helpful community through an online forum.
2. To promote an upcoming pinochle book teaching a new, advanced bidding system.
The first goal has been successful in year one. Our members have made a total of 340 posts in 74 threads and we currently have 111 members registered. We could place an asterisk next to our number of registered members because many of those members are spammers, while others have made limited posts. We have a smaller number of members who actively post and respond in the forums and they have been doing a spectacular job. If you haven't already read through the forums, there is thought provoking, well written, and intelligent analysis and discussion. We intend to continue building this community of pinochle enthusiasts together.
The second goal has been postponed and replaced. After researching the internet and getting to know the different members of the Power Pinochle community, we realized that there are no standard bidding systems and no easy way for a potential pinochle player to learn how to play this game. So instead of worrying about an advanced bidding system, we decided we needed to focus on the fundamentals and the basics of pinochle. If there is no easy way for potential pinochle players to learn how to play, they will find a different game. If the game of pinochle does not gain new players, the game will eventually die. We do not want to see the game we love die, if we can help it. That is why we created a Glossary and a Meld Calculator in 2012, but that is just the beginning. The next posts, coming soon, are the 2013 goals for PowerPinochle.com. With your help, we can achieve these goals.
|What Is Your Reputation?|
Do you know what your reputation is in the Power Pinochle Community?
Go to the forums and look at a post. It can be anyone's post, but look in the upper right of that person's post. You will see, from top to bottom, the number of posts, when the member joined, and their reputation number. You can click on the number to get more information about a player's reputation. A player's reputation is formed by the members of the Power Pinochle Community. If you read a post you like, you can increase a player's reputation score.
How do you increase a member's reputation score?
While you are still looking at someone's post in the forums, if you scroll down to the bottom of their post and look at the bottom left of the post you will see different buttons you can click on. Some of the buttons could be: PM, EMAIL, WWW, or FIND. At the end of the list is a symbol followed by a + (plus) sign. If you put your mouse pointer over any of these buttons a more detailed description pops up near your mouse pointer. When you direct your mouse pointer over the + (plus) sign, it will read, "Give reputation to this user". Click on that button to add to a member's reputation score.
Why is the reputation score important?
As our pinochle enthusiast community grows, the likelihood of not-so-nice people joining the community also grows. The reputation score helps to show new members who is an active and/or good member in the community, and who is not (negative scores can be given). This is just another spectacular tool to help this community be the best it can be. Discuss your reputation HERE.
|Top Five Most Annoying Hands In Pinochle|
What I mean by an "annoying hand" is a hand that isn't necessarily bad, but a hand that makes you groan, moan, cry, or otherwise whine about how you missed a spectacular hand by one or two specific cards. Some of the phrases you may hear when a player receives a top five "most annoying hand" are, "Why do the pinochle gods hate me!?", "Is this a joke?", "Why does this always happen to me?", "I wish I could show you my hand.", "Who dealt this garbage?", "Are you serious?", and so on. A major benefit to playing pinochle online is the ability to scream and yell at your computer screen, when you are dealt one of these frustrating hands, while appearing to be calm, cool, and collected to the players online.
To see my Top Five Most Annoying Hands In Pinochle and join in the conversation, CLICK HERE.
|Taking The Bid Without A Marriage|
Have you ever purposefully done this?
Is there a reason to intentionally bid a hand that does not contain a marriage with the intent to take the bid?
How is the score affected?
Using most pinochle rules, if a player takes or is stuck with the bid and does not have a marriage, the hand is immediately over. The bidding team loses the amount of points that was bid. This is the interesting point. No matter how much power or meld the opposing team held, they do not add one point to their score. There are some game rules that require the opposing team to add their total meld to their score (if they have more than 20), but not at Yahoo Pinochle, where most of our pinochle community plays.
So if the rules dictate that a player who takes the bid without a marriage loses points, that would appear to be a major deterrent. Unless, the player's goal is to prevent his opponents from scoring any points. Even though this is a sound strategy for extending the game, it is rarely used, because it does not happen often that a player is dealt a hand without a marriage. So...
In what pinochle scenarios, if you are dealt a "loveless" hand, would/should you do take the bid?
In these scenarios, is there a way to plan or communicate this? How should these scenarios be handled?
Discuss away in the forums! Click here.
|Happy New Year!|
Hope everyone had a great New Year's Eve! Enjoy your New Year's Day (with lots of pinochle!).
|Beginner's Bidding System (Add Your Input)|
We have a new post in the forums intended to teach a complete beginner the basics of bidding. Please view and add your comments to help this community as we create a step-by-step system to teach an interested person how to play the game of pinochle. For a quick link to the beginners bidding discussion click here.
|Create Your Masterpiece!|
Power Pinochle is and always will be a free site for you. We are a safe and friendly community for all pinochle players, but there are some costs involved in hosting and maintaining a website. We have some pinochle books in the works to, hopefully, make this website a self-sustaining entity; but until that time, we will be promoting and advertising for a company called Createspace. Publish and sell your book, music or film on Amazon.com and other channels using free tools from CreateSpace. Get started.
Createspace is the tool we are using to publish and sell our future pinochle books. In our experience so far with Createspace, we will completely vouch for this company. (We don't have any experience working with them on the music or film side of things though). If you or someone you know has interest, please support PowerPinochle.com by visiting Createspace through the ads and links here on our site. As always, if you have any questions please visit us in the forums or send an email to email@example.com
|Explaining The Meld Calculator|
If you had a chance to play around with the latest tool on the website but have some questions, click here to visit the forums and get a full explanation and description of the new Meld Calculator.
Go to the Site Suggestions & Support Forum with any questions, thoughts, or ideas to improve the website and help newbies learn how to play this great game.
|New Meld Calculator|
A new addition to the web site is the Meld Calculator. Click on the "Meld" link on the upper left of the website between "Glossary" and "Forum" to see for yourself.
Please have fun playing with the new calculator and let us know of any suggestions or bugs in the forums. This is intended for anyone who is learning the game and wants to practice counting meld. We are still working on a competition that will include every player at every skill level. Enjoy the holiday month!
|Pinochle For Beginners|
We are going to create a free downloadable book to help teach anyone who wants to learn how to play pinochle or to assist someone who is teaching others how to play pinochle. In the forums we are creating an outline of the book. If you are a pinochle player with opinions and advice on how to teach the game of pinochle, please join us in the forums and add your two cents. The goal is to build a free resource to help future pinochle players learn how to play the game we all love. Have a great middle of the week!
Perhaps the surprise is that there is nothing yet to surprise you? I am extremely excited about one of the upcoming, new features for Power Pinochle. This website has evolved far beyond the original intentions of it's creators. Unfortunately for you, most of the evolution is still in idea and construction form and yet to be realized on the site itself. All I can say for now is to make sure you remember your login ID and password for the forums. If you haven't logged in for a while, I would recommend that you give it a try to make sure you can still log in prior to our newest addition to the site. If you have never joined the forums, now is the time to register and join. It is a very quick and simple process. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. We hope to have this latest evolution up and running within a week, so please keep checking back with us. Our resident web designer/creator is doing all of this work on a volunteer basis so everything revolves around his schedule and availability. If he was being financially compensated, I would have a definitive release date for you, but as of right now, this hobby of ours has no foreseeable profitability, but we love it anyway! I hope I have piqued your interest and I look forward to competing with my fellow pinochle players shortly.
Here is a quick note to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! For those who are Thanksgiving day pinochle players, we wish you luck during your games today. We are thankful for our growing pinochle community, and we hope you will enjoy the coming changes and growth you will see this holiday season here at PowerPinochle.com
|New Pinochle Game Play Forum|
In the forums (if you haven't browsed through the forums yet, you are missing out on spectacular Pinochle conversation) we have grown to split our Pinochle Game Play Forum into two separate pieces:
Pinochle Game Play - Offense: Click here.
Pinochle Game Play - Defense: Click here.
ToreadorElder has some of the best articles on defense that I have ever read. Defense is not usually what a new pinochle player is concerned with when learning how to play the game. Usually the new player is worried about counting meld, bidding, and what cards to play as declarer or dummy. Defense is rarely taught or discussed with beginners. So while this teaching may not be for the beginner, they are must read articles for any other pinochle player. Please join in with your questions and thoughts. As always, if you have any questions please visit us in the forums or send an email to email@example.com Enjoy!
Unfortunately, some computer problems kept me away from the website. My primary computer died and when I went to the backup, I found that it had long since passed away into computer oblivion.
Translation: Computer hard drives can go bad even if the computer hasn't been in use for a couple years. The bad news is that the future blog posts I had previously prepared were lost along with the hard drive. The good news is that I have learned a valuable lesson: Save future blog posts on the website server rather than on my personal computer hard drive.
Time to dig into the forums and see what is new. Talk with you there!
|Two New Forum Posts By ToreadorElder|
Here are some interesting new posts by ToreadorElder, the most reputable Power Pinochle forum member (as decided by our community).
A pinochle hand quiz is here.
And here we have an excellent teaching post on basic defense with more to follow in the future.
We have many lurkers (people who view the forums but do not register and/or sign in to post) who are welcome to continue lurking, but we would like to invite you to join the conversations in the forums. Let us get to know you and vice versa. We are all here to have fun and learn more about this fantastic game of pinochle. Post in the forums or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
|New Hand Posted For Analysis|
|Pinochle Bidding - Hand Analysis|
In the Pinochle Bidding room of the Power Pinochle forums are multiple pinochle hands that are analyzed by our Power Pinochle community. If you have not had an opportunity to view and join in the discussion, please visit the forums here.
We have expert pinochle analyses that pinochle players at any skill or experience level can benefit from in the forums. Here is the latest posted hand:
To see the latest analysis for this hand, click here.
|Sincere Apologies From PowerPinochle.com|
We want to apologize to anyone who has had recent difficulty in registering for the forums. We started having a problem with spammers in the forums so we instituted a spam blocker. Unfortunately, we found that it kept ANYONE from registering and joining the forums. So please accept our sincere apology for any difficulties you may have experienced.
If you have any future issues with anything on the PowerPinochle website, please send us an email to: admin@PowerPinochle.com
|New Bidding And Game Play Forums|
We are excited to announce that we have two new forum catagories for pinochle discussion. As of the writing of this post, there are multiple, in-depth conversations with analysis of different hands and game play scenarios. This is only the beginning of some of the changes to come at PowerPinochle.com. We have some exciting projects in the works, so check back often for the latest news and updates.
|New Pinochle Book Available For Free!|
|New Glossary Page And More!|
PowerPinochle.com has added a new piece to the website for the benefit of the double-deck pinochle community. In the upper left quadrant of the website is the link to the new Glossary page (between Home and Forum). Please review the page and if you see some items that need to be added, changed, or adjusted, please share your comments in the Power Pinochle Forums. This page is intended to be shaped and molded by the Power Pinochle Community.
Also, a new forum has been created for discussion related to pinochle bidding. There are some excellent threads that any pinochle player could benefit from reading, so join the discussion! Keep visiting the forums for new posts and new members as our community continues to grow. We have some exciting projects in the works, so keep your eyes open for the continuing evolution of PowerPinochle.com. There is plenty more to come!
|Approach To The Game|
Some players claim to play simply for the love of the game. Others play to interact with friends and some play to compare their skills with others. The common denominator is that they all want to win.
As you sit down at the table to do battle, you must keep in mind that the assignment with a particular partner or against the opponents is temporary. The way you handle yourself will help determine how your partner will handle himself. Even if you are the best pinochle player in the world, the team is only as good as the pair. When playing with a partner who is below the caliber of the other players, it is in your best interest to be patient with that player. It is a proven fact that it is better to praise in public and critique in private. You can almost never expect positive results from scorning your partner at the table and in front of other players.
Taken from the book Winning Pinochle Strategies by Anthony Collins.
|Pinochle Percentages Trivia - Win A Free Book!|
You look at your hand and see a 5 card suit with four aces and one ten (AAAAT). No trump has been played and you have the lead. You decide to play your four aces consecutively and follow with the ten unless one of the cards is trumped. The first two aces are winners and not trumped. What percentage of the time will:
the third ace be a winner?
and then the fourth ace?
and then the ten?
The first person to correctly guess the percentages will win a free copy of The Brick Bidding System.
Click here to guess.
|Glossary Coming Soon!|
It is difficult to have a conversation if either side is using words that are not universally understood. So to help make discussions easier in the forums we will soon have a Power Pinochle Glossary page. When that page becomes available, please read through it to see if we need to add, subtract, or modify our glossary. We are still a work in progress, and we thank you for your contributions.
|Strength Before Weakness?|
Playing counters (tens and kings) on your partner's winning tricks and playing non-counters (queens and jacks) on your opponent's winning tricks is one of the basic "rules" given to pinochle beginners.
Should you play queens before jacks and/or tens before kings or is it situational?
Click here to give your opinion.
|Your Opinion Needed!|
Please take the time to respond to these pinochle bidding questions:
Player A opens the bidding with 50 and the next player bids 60 or 65.
What does the 60/65 mean to you?
What type of hand and/or meld must a player have to do this?
What is this the name of this type of bid? (shutout bid, jump bid?)
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|Currently Accepted Bidding System|
I am reading and researching to find what seems to be the consensus among double-deck pinochle players in regards to bidding. Upon completion of my research, we will post the most used and agreed upon bidding system from the online pinochle world. The most variations with bidding seem be with responses and jump bids. Most players are in agreement about opening bids. (I'm debating if I need to add some of this in the beginning chapters of the book for comparisons sake or not)
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