How to Determine Your Score in Pinochle

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Learn how to determine your score in pinochle, including your meld and bid, 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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That's a hundred and seven points that we would have picked up because if they only pulled thirty meld and they bid a thirty-five, I mean thirty counters and they bid a thirty-five bid then they just didn't, I mean a sixty-five bid. So we get the value of their bid plus we saved our meld which was twenty-two and we pulled say twenty counters, we're very lucky to make that on the nose, and we get their sixty-five bid and that's progressive scoring. Now if you use traditional scoring, you take the same scenario, they bid sixty-five and they got set then this would be deducted from their score and if it was a new game, they start at zero and they get set they go minus sixty-five and we still get our meld and our counters. It's the same swing, plus fifty-two, minus sixty-five, same one oh seven difference, but their score is negative. The difference in the structure of the game is that if you're playing progressive, you make the game five hundred points because you're going to get to five hundred points pretty quickly with these kinds of sets or if youre both making it youre eventually going to have a killer hand. I've seen people pull hundred and fifty points in one hand with very aggressive bidding. They'll bid a hundred and twenty in a competitive auction and pull thirty counters and get a hundred and fifty points there so if you play progressive the game is usually five hundred points. If you play traditional they usually make the games three hundred points. Also there are other structures in tournaments. They might have the games timed. They might have a fixed number of hands, but progressive and traditional are the two primary ways of scoring.


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