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!

UPCOMING POWER PINOCHLE GAMES:

Impromptu Days at 9pm EST

Here is the direct link to the Yahoo Beginner Lounge where we play: Click here.

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2014-01-02
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.

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2013-12-20
Merry Christmas!
From those of us at PowerPinochle.com, we would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas and wonderful holiday season.

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2013-10-02
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.

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2013-08-17
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.

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2013-08-06
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).

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2013-07-25
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.

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2013-07-15
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!

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2013-06-25
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!

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2013-05-26
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!

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