Play Pinochle Like a Professional : Learn the Bidding Systems for Pinochle

Play Pinochle Like a Professional : Learn the Bidding Systems for Pinochle

November 7, 2019 2 By Luis Garrison


Bidding systems in Pinochle fall into the
realm very similarly to those of bridge and perhaps even to those of spades. They are
conventional. They are a private agreement between the partners. Now because the options
are wide open and there is no established governing body of Pinochle it says that a
bid of 51 must mean specifically this: you’re bidding system that you agree with your partner
to use is one that you feel most comfortable using. Now there are some that are traditional
and I will be going through those and exactly what that means and we will certainly go from
there. Because the bidding starts at 50 and goes in increments of 1 it would certainly
behoove you and your partner to utilize these advantageously. By the way, there is one thing
that we might have missed in the previous section and that is if the bidding goes pass, pass, pass the dealer is stuck
to take it for 50. Now that’s the strategy and sometimes the partner may want to come
in to protect his partner because three passes to the dealer is called sticking the dealer
and that’s a painful thing and we will cover that in a little bit too. Whatever system
you choose to use make sure you understand it and make sure it is memorized because if
you don’t it will be an absolute disaster. If you have the opening bid and you are over
here and you bid 50 you are basically showing an all around hand, maybe 10 meld, maybe 15
meld. You are just showing a hand that is basically nondescript. You are not really
trying to push hard for a trump. You are just giving your partner some basic generic information.
The bid of 51 is traditionally used to show aces all around, four different aces, that’s
the traditional bid of 51. If you have a chance to open with a bid of 51 you are doing your
job in showing aces all around; very useful information to the partner okay? Now we’ll
put those puppies back and put this hand over completely.