This page explains how to use the Five Crowns pack of playing cards in a five-suited version of East Point Pinochle. Nearly all five-suited packs will work, but they are difficult to find except for Five Crowns.
The Five Crowns pack has five suits: diamonds, hearts, spades, clubs, and stars. This description uses "pentagram" instead of "star" to reduce confusion, because the words spades and stars both begin with the letter s.
There are eleven ranks: king, queen, jack, ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, and three. Aces and deuces are omitted for a reason that makes sense under the Five Crowns rules. Here, the eights substitute for the East Point deuces, and the sevens for the aces.
Thus there are 55 different rank-and-suit cards, each of which appears twice in the pack. With the addition of six jokers, the total becomes 116 cards. This adaptation uses sixty of them.
The East Point Pinochle rules for using the Five Crowns pack are the same as for using the four-suit pack, except as below.
Sixty playing cards are employed:
The dealer distibutes fifteen face-down cards to each player, in batches of three. Each player's fifteen cards become his concealed hand, while the thirty cards that remain become the stock.
Cards won in tricks earn points:
This chart shows the combinations of cards which, when appearing in a player's hand, can be melded.
|points for melds|
|name||contents||single meld||double meld||name||contents||single meld||double meld|
|pentagram quintet||S★ K★ Q★ J★ T★||★5||191||★★5||382||seven quintet||S★ S♣ S♠ S♥ S♦||S5||196||SS5||392|
|club quintet||S♣ K♣ Q♣ J♣ T♣||♣5||181||♣♣5||362||king quintet||K★ K♣ K♠ K♥ K♦||K5||186||KK5||372|
|spade quintet||S♠ K♠ Q♠ J♠ T♠||♠5||171||♠♠5||342||queen quintet||Q★ Q♣ Q♠ Q♥ Q♦||Q5||176||QQ5||352|
|heart quintet||S♥ K♥ Q♥ J♥ T♥||♥5||161||♥♥5||322||jack quintet||J★ J♣ J♠ J♥ J♦||J5||166||JJ5||332|
|diamond quintet||S♦ K♦ Q♦ J♦ T♦||♦5||151||♦♦5||302||ten quintet||T★ T♣ T♠ T♥ T♦||T5||156||TT5||312|
|pentagram trio||K★ Q★ J★||★3||141||★★3||282||seven trio||S♣ S♠ S♥||S3||146||SS3||292|
|club trio||K♣ Q♣ J♣||♣3||131||♣♣3||262||king trio||K♣ K♠ K♥||K3||136||KK3||272|
|spade trio||K♠ Q♠ J♠||♠3||121||♠♠3||242||queen trio||Q♣ Q♠ Q♥||Q3||126||QQ3||252|
|heart trio||K♥ Q♥ J♥||♥3||111||♥♥3||222||jack trio||J♣ J♠ J♥||J3||116||JJ3||232|
|diamond trio||K♦ Q♦ J♦||♦3||101||♦♦3||202||ten trio||T♣ T♠ T♥||T3||106||TT3||212|
|pentagram duo||S★ T★||★2||91||★★2||182||seven duo||S★ S♦||S2||96||SS2||192|
|club duo||S♣ T♣||♣2||81||♣♣2||162||king duo||K★ K♦||K2||86||KK2||172|
|spade duo||S♠ T♠||♠2||71||♠♠2||142||queen duo||Q★ Q♦||Q2||76||QQ2||152|
|heart duo||S♥ T♥||♥2||61||♥♥2||122||jack duo||J★ J♦||J2||66||JJ2||132|
|diamond duo||S♦ T♦||♦2||51||♦♦2||102||ten duo||T★ T♦||T2||56||TT2||112|
Although each player is dealt 15 cards, he never has more than 14 to choose from at the moment of melding.
The total point value of all the cards in an East Point pack is 900: 5 eights at 30, 10 sevens at 25, 10 kings at 20, 10 queens at 15, 10 jacks at 10, 10 tens at 5, 5 nines at 0.
Author's opinion. Five-suit East Point is superior to four-suit, largely because of the symmetry between five suits and five meldable ranks.