(Author's note: The paperback edition of this book is no longer available. A later edition has been published. The title of the new edition is Pinochle Strategy Manual: For the 4-card pass game. It's available on Amazon: Pinochle Strategy Manual: For the 4-card pass game. NOTE: The Kindle edition, however, retains the old title but contains all of the text of the new paperback edition.)
The challenge of writing a pinochle strategy manual is that there are so many variations of the game. Each variation requires its own separate strategy. This manual avoids the impossible task of trying to discuss all variations of pinochle. It focuses on just one variation of the game.
This book is about the variation that involves 4 players in 2 partnerships, a single deck, and the passing of 4 cards between the auction-winning partners. Up to now, that variation had no name. So, the author names it after himself and calls it "David's variation." We'll see if that name sticks!
The initial problem for beginners at this variation is to figure out how much to bid. This manual introduces a bidding-matrix system that gives you a bidding range based upon the expected meld and trick taking ability of your hand. Whether partner's pass will help you complete a run, aces-around, or double pinochle need not be a wild guess. The system shows you the mathematical probability that partner will pass you the one or two cards you need to boost the meld in your hand. The system works even if your partner passes out early, or doesn't know how to use it! The system is simple enough that even beginners should learn to use it in just a few sessions of play.Read more ›
This book is not for double deck pinochle at all. Since most pinochle playing on the web is double deck (Yahoo, Pogo, etc), I would recommend going to PowerPinochle.com There is a new bidding system book coming out and you can register in the forums at PowerPinochle.com to win a double deck pinochle book for free!
The previously unnamed game of 4 player, 2 partner, passing cards between the player who got the bid and partner is actually named "Airplane Pinochle" rather than the seemingly narcissistic "davids version." I have played this variety of Pinochle for at least 45 years. I do NOT know who named it such. In single deck, 3 cards are passed. In double deck, 4 cards are passed but is is referred to as "Airplane" in both versions of this game.
I have played pinochle for awhile now, and bought this book to perhaps learn a bit more about the bidding process. This book does not describe any kind of pinochle I have ever seen. It makes no sense, and the author uses terms he fails to explain anywhere in the book, so you have no idea what he is talking about. I am throwing it away as it is useless. DO NOT WASTE ANY MONEY ON THIS TRASH!! The author even refers you to websites to explain things to you, so why buy the book? I just wish I had known that.