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Pinochle
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The jack of diamonds and the queen of spades are the "pinochle" meld of pinochle.
Type Trick-taking
Players 4 in partnerships or 3 individually, variants exist for 2-6 or 8 players
Skills required Strategy
Social skills
Teamwork
Card counting
Cards 48 (double 24 card deck) or 80 (quadruple 20 card deck)
Deck French
Play Clockwise
Card rank (highest to lowest) A 10 K Q J 9
Playing time 1 to 5 hours
Random chance Medium
Related games
Bezique, Marjolet, Binokel

Pinochle, also called pinocle or penuchle, is a trick-taking, Ace-Ten card game typically for two to four players and played with a 48-card deck. It is derived from the card game bezique; players score points by trick-taking and also by forming combinations of cards into melds. It is thus considered part of a "trick-and-meld" category which also includes the game belote. Each hand is played in three phases: bidding, melds, and tricks. The standard game today is called "partnership auction pinochle."

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