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How to Play And/Or

Four Methods:The DealThe MeldTrick PlayingThe RatscrewCommunity Q&A

And/Or is an exciting game that is a mix of pinochle, poker and Egyptian ratscrew.

Method 1
The Deal

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    The dealer deals to the players three cards at a time, and people are allowed to look at their cards before the dealer is finished. The cards are dealt until there are none left.
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    Next comes the bidding. As in pinochle, the players bid to name trump.

Method 2
The Meld

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    Now you organize your cards so that you end up with the most pinochle meld, and then take five cards out of your hand that would be the best poker hand you could get with your cards.
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    Start the first poker bid. You are bidding that you have the highest poker hand. Go around until a player calls or folds.
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    After the a player calls or folds, choose 4 cards from your hand to pass to your partner (assuming he/she has not folded). Your partner will in turn pass 4 cards to you (the 2 passing would ideally be done at the same time)
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    Start the second poker bid. Keep going until everyone has called of folded (as in poker).
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    The player with the highest poker hand receives as many as points are in his meld from every player. The player with the lowest hand has to pay each player the meld they have.

Method 3
Trick Playing

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    The trick playing works in essence the same way as pinochle with the following thing to note, with the inclusion of the Major Arcana in the Tarot Deck: any Major Arcana card beats any standard card, any trump card beats any Major Arcana card and any Minor Arcana card.

Method 4
The Ratscrew

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    The players finish the game by playing the game Egyptian Ratscrew, using the cards in their hands that they received from the trick playing. The player who wins Egyptian Ratscrew receives 38 points.

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Type of Meld Description Single Double Triple
Run A,10,K,Q,J, of trump 15
Royal Marriage K, Q of trump 8
Common Marriage K, Q of non-trump 3 5 10
Pinochle J of Pentacles and Q of Swords 15
Aces Around A of all 4 suits 12
Kings Around K of all 4 suits 10
Queens Around Q of all 4 suits 8
Knights Around Kn of all 4 suits 6
Pages Around P of all 4 suits 4

Things You'll Need

  • 2, 4, 6 or 8 players.
  • A tarot card deck.

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