This is a no-ads version of the first and most popular pinochle app for iPhone, iPad and Mac. Play single- or double-deck with configurable options including meld bids and shoot the moon. Pinochle Plus is updated frequently with user-suggested features and AI improvements. To try before you buy, see our free, ad-supported Pinochle app. If you prefer, our other pinochle app with no advertising, Pinochle Gold, has more card backs and tabletops to choose from, and adds support for several languages.
Pinochle is a card game played with a 48- or 80-card deck of 9s, 10s, jacks, queens, kings and aces. The game consists of a repeating sequence of bidding (for the right to name the trump suit and optionally to pass cards), melding, and trick-taking. Players score points by melding various card combinations and by taking tricks.
In this version, one human player (South) plays with a computer partner (North) and two computer opponents (West and East).
BIDDING: Each player bids the number of points she thinks she can make with her hand. Player to the dealer's left is required to bid, and bidding proceeds to the left. Players who pass are out of the bidding for that hand. A typical high bid is 35 points (for 48 cards) or 60 (for 80 cards). High bidder names the trump suit for the hand and optionally exchanges cards with her partner.
MELDING: Players get points by showing various card combinations. A run (or straight) in the trump suit is worth 15 points. Aces in all four suits is 10 points. Pinochle (queen of spades and jack of diamonds) is 4 points, or 30 points for double pinochle (two of each).
TRICKS: Play begins with the high bidder, and proceeds around the table to the left, 4 cards per trick. Each trick has a winner, who gets 1 point per ace, ten or king.
SCORING: If the high bidder fails to make the bid (his team's total meld plus trick points is less than the bid), the bid amount is subtracted from the team score. Play continues until one team goes out.
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This is a great game! However, when the opponent is cutting a suit, why is it necessary to give them a counter to cut instead of a non-counter. For example: why play an ace instead of a jack in a suit when I know the opponent is cutting in a suit?
Also, why give away ur trump suit towards the end of a hand when u have a suit the opponent is cutting only to draw that last trump from the opponents hand? Why not play the suit being cut instead to draw their last trump suit and keep the remaining trump in your hand?
Game apparently quite unfair
I’ve been playing single deck, bidding starts at 15, each side needs at least 10 of 25 counters to score anything. 250 points win. It’s very difficult to win when:
1. Your partner plays and bids poorly while the opponents not only play like experts but each seems to know what the other has: i.e., ‘Unauthorized Information’. Your partner (North) may refuse to bid in the rare case of holding Aces round and an opponent may name a not so good 3 or 4 card suit as trump and find 4, 5, or 6 trumps in other opponent’s hand. Hard to win playing 3 against 1 even when there’s no ‘cheating’!
2. Opponents are dealt far more good hands than you and partner. Sometimes, 8 or 9 out of 10 hands. You’re dealt no good suit and no or one lousy ace so usually either the opponents get bid and you don’t score and if you do bid you get set. Opponents get Aces round and Runs many time more than you and partner do.
Best card game ever!!!!
I learned how to play Double Handed Pinocle back in my Air Force Fire Fighter days back in 1993.i had coworkers who showed no interest in teaching us younger guys the game. 8 years later and I was playing every shift we worked. Now I have to play on this app. And my partner is useless as a player. But I do have a winning record. The meld passing needs to be more concrete not so inconsistent. 12 isn’t close to 20 meld. But it’s still a great game!!
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Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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