Number of players: Three
Object: To reach 1,000 points in tricks and melds. (See the sidebars in the first section of this article to find out how scoring works.)
The cards: The deck can be made up from two standard 52-card decks by removing all twos through eights. Remember to use decks that look the same on the back. Cards are ranked from Ace (high)-10-K-Q-J-9 (low).
Dealing: Cards are dealt, in groups of four, sixteen to a player. All play is clockwise from the dealer.
Setting trump: The last card dealt, which is always to the dealer, is dealt faceup. The suit of this card determines trump.
Aces, 10s: 10 points
Kings, Queens: 5 points
Jacks, 9s: 0 points
The last trick of a hand: 10 points
Scoring: Cut-Throat Pinochle follows the same scoring for melds as regular Pinochle, except that melds are counted after the tricks have been played and for the use of a different point value assigned to each card rank.
Now that you know about Pinochle and its many variations, you can join the legions of people who have already made Pinochle a lifelong hobby.