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. Cutthroat Pinochle Gold has no advertising, and includes card backs and tabletops not available in the other edition.