East Point Pinochle using Five Crowns cards.

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:

1. In order from highest to lowest, the seven ranks are:
• eight (abbreviated E)
• seven (S)
• king (K)
• queen (Q)
• jack (J)
• ten (T)
• nine (N)
2. In order from highest to lowest, the five suits are:
• pentagrams (★ or P)
• clubs (♣ or C)
• hearts (♥ or H)
• diamonds (♦ or D)
3. The pack contains one eight and one nine in each suit, while in the remaining five ranks there are two cards in each suit. Summarized in tabular form:

60-card pack
eightsevenking queenjacktennine
pentagrams1222221
clubs 1222221
hearts 1222221
diamonds 1222221

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:

points
for cards
eightsevenking queenjacktennine
302520151050

This chart shows the combinations of cards which, when appearing in a player's hand, can be melded.

points for melds
namecontentssingle melddouble meld   namecontentssingle melddouble meld
symbolpointssymbolpoints symbolpointssymbolpoints
pentagram quintetS★ K★ Q★ J★ T★ ★5191 ★★5382  seven quintetS★ S♣ S♠ S♥ S♦ S5196 SS5392
club quintetS♣ K♣ Q♣ J♣ T♣ ♣5181 ♣♣5362 king quintetK★ K♣ K♠ K♥ K♦ K5186 KK5372
spade quintetS♠ K♠ Q♠ J♠ T♠ ♠5171 ♠♠5342 queen quintetQ★ Q♣ Q♠ Q♥ Q♦ Q5176 QQ5352
heart quintetS♥ K♥ Q♥ J♥ T♥ ♥5161 ♥♥5322 jack quintetJ★ J♣ J♠ J♥ J♦ J5166 JJ5332
diamond quintetS♦ K♦ Q♦ J♦ T♦ ♦5151 ♦♦5302 ten quintetT★ T♣ T♠ T♥ T♦ T5156 TT5312
pentagram trioK★ Q★ J★ ★3141 ★★3282  seven trioS♣ S♠ S♥ S3146 SS3292
club trioK♣ Q♣ J♣ ♣3131 ♣♣3262 king trioK♣ K♠ K♥ K3136 KK3272
spade trioK♠ Q♠ J♠ ♠3121 ♠♠3242 queen trioQ♣ Q♠ Q♥ Q3126 QQ3252
heart trioK♥ Q♥ J♥ ♥3111 ♥♥3222 jack trioJ♣ J♠ J♥ J3116 JJ3232
diamond trioK♦ Q♦ J♦ ♦3101 ♦♦3202 ten trioT♣ T♠ T♥ T3106 TT3212
pentagram duoS★ T★ ★291 ★★2182  seven duoS★ S♦ S296 SS2192
club duoS♣ T♣ ♣281 ♣♣2162 king duoK★ K♦ K286 KK2172
spade duoS♠ T♠ ♠271 ♠♠2142 queen duoQ★ Q♦ Q276 QQ2152
heart duoS♥ T♥ ♥261 ♥♥2122 jack duoJ★ J♦ J266 JJ2132
diamond duoS♦ T♦ ♦251 ♦♦2102 ten duoT★ T♦ T256 TT2112

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.