How to Score in Pinochle

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How to Determine Your Score in Pinochle....5

Learn about progressive scoring in pinochle in this free video series that will have you mastering pinochle in no time.

Part of the Video Series: How to Play Double Deck Pinochle
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Scoring systems in Pinochle, there are three, actually three primary ways that scoring is accomplished in the game. It doesn't matter which one as long as you know what scoring system is going to be employed. Progressive scoring, progressive scoring combines the add on feature and the use of not having the subtraction option but having the add on feature. Let's look for an example. Supposing the opponents have bid sixty-five and they do have the required twenty meld and let's just say that we happen to have twenty-two meld which is very important. Let us suppose that they only had thirty meld, this is thirty meld right here. Now they obviously have to pull the difference between thirty meld and sixty-five, they have to pull thirty-five counters. Again, here's the relationship between this and this. They have thirty meld, they have bid sixty-five, and they need thirty-five counters, thirty-five out of a possible fifty available in the play of the hand. If they fall short, if they fall short, they don't get that thirty-five, right, then they have lost their bid and their bid goes over to our score. Now if they only pulled say thirty counters then we would have pulled the other twenty and we add that on to our meld plus their sixty-five. That's a big haul for us isn't it?

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