How to Bid in Pinochle

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The bidding system for pinochle starts at fifty and increases from there, taking into consideration the value of the meld, the value of the high cards in the hand, and the tolerance between the play of the hand and the amount of the meld. Learn more in this free video series.

Part of the Video Series: How to Play Double Deck Pinochle
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Bidding in Pinochle. The creators of the game decided, particularly in the double deck Pinochle game, decided to implement a bidding system that start at fifty. It is a relationship between the value of the meld, the value of the high cards in the hand and the tolerance between the play of the hand and the amount of meld. Now that sounds like a whole let and it really is. Let me tell you something. Even the great players take many years to learn this game. I would say it takes probably three or four years for a player to be able to be at the expert level. It's just a very involved game. There's a lot more to this than meets the eye. Once you become an accomplished Pinochle player, you will the find the joy of playing in what I consider one of the hardest skill level games outside of Bridge. This is a very accomplished game. It's really a wonderful game. Now the bidding starts at fifty. The reason that it starts at fifty is not because they picked the number arbitrarily, they picked it because of that relationship between the meld count and the play of the hand. The increments from fifty to fifty nine are in ones. Fifty, fifty one, fifty two, fifty three, fifty four and so forth. Then we get to the sixty. When the bidding gets to sixty, the increments are in fives. Sixty, sixty five, seventy, seventy five, eighty and so forth. An option that's played with a lot of groups is when it gets to a hundred, then the bidding goes in tens. One hundred, one ten. Now.

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