Cutthroat Pinochle is played with a special 48-card deck of 9s, 10s, jacks, queens, kings and aces. The game consists of a repeating sequence of bidding (for the right to take the optional kitty and name trump), melding, and trick-taking. Players score points by melding various card combinations and by taking tricks. Adjust the rules to play the game you're familiar with. This version has no advertising.