Stephen Bahl (nedu) wrote,
Stephen Bahl
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Pinochle

My family keeps playing now. It is a strange game. It uses its own deck that differs from a standard deck in that it lacks the numbers 1-8 and has two each of the other cards. Because the cards come in pairs and you see a large portion of them initially, it is probably the easiest game to count cards out of any I've ever seen. Most of the actual skill involved deals with bidding and knowing when to stop bidding. Pretty luck-based and frustrating until you get the hang of it, but easy and fun. I'm not sure how it ever caught on though. I mean, it's fun enough to play with my family, but I don't think it's something I'd bother teaching other people to play.
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