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How to Keep Score in Pinochle

Pinochle is the name given to a family of card games. Pinochle is a trick-winning game that has many varieties. Basic scoring remains the same for Pinochle and it's many variations.

Higher cards have scoring value when won in tricks. The following are the score value under the simplified point-count system. Each Ace and ten is worth 10 points. Each King and Queen are worth 5 while the Jack is worth 0.

Winning the last trick is worth 10 points. Under both the original and simplified count, the total number of points at stake is 250.

When combination of cards or melds are played together, they are worth points. A Flush (A-K-Q-J-10) of trumps is worth 150 points. A royal marriage(King and Queen of trumps) will get you 40 points. A simple marriage, that is King and Queen of any suit, is worth 20 points.

Four aces, one in each suit, is worth 100 points. Four kinds, one from each suit, is worth 80 points while four queens from each suit is 60. Four jacks of different suits is worth 40.

The Queen of Hearts and the Jack of Diamonds (Pinochle) is worth 40 points. 9 of trumps is worth 10. The first player to 1,000 points wins the game.

Things You'll Need:

  • 48-card Pinochle Pack
  • Notepad
  • Pencil


When you think you have 1000 points, announce it to players and then points will be counted. If you have 1000 points, then the game ends immediately.


  • Some cards can be used in more than one meld, but there can be restrictions depending upon the version of Pinochle.
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