What we're about
A group for people who enjoy playing canasta and pinochle and love adventure. We meet at different interesting locations in the city to play cards, socialize, and celebrate life for an hour or so. We don't play for money and if you don't know how to play, but want to learn, we'll teach you. All you need to join is a love of cards and a love of people.
To be an organizational resource to connect Pinochle and Canasta players in the greater Seattle area through the communication tools available on the Meetup.com website and through scheduled game night meetups.
To foster the magic of comradery, communication, and friendship in our local community through the traditional card games of Pinochle and Canasta and to pass the strength of that magic on to the next generation.
We are a friendly and inclusive group that it built on the foundation of kindness and communication. Everyone is welcome to come and play regardless of age, sex, race, physical handicap, gender identification, sexuality, political affiliation, or religion. Our space is a safe place that respects and enjoys everyone's uniqueness and does not allow intolerance. We are all united through the love of friendship, great memories, and the fun times that can be forged by the cards in a deck and the people who hold them.
We do though limit our group size to 49 people. This is to keep the costs down in running the group. If you'd like to join please do as I am always adjusting the group based on last time visiting the site and whether you come to play cards.
Dues & Fees
The group is open to all people regardless of ability to help support paying the meetup cost; there is no monetary obligation. That said, the cost of organizing the group and its meetings through the meetup.com website runs $180/year currently. I alone bear the responsibility of making that payment. I ask that If it’s within your financial ability to help with that fee please consider donating $1 to that cause when attending a Meetup. I'll have a little can for donations at the table.
Call for co-organizers
I’m looking for two honest people to help co-organize the group. While not a definite requirement it would be nice to have one individual who lives near or around the Northern border of Seattle, e.g., Northgate, Lynnwood, Bitter Lake, and one who lives near or around the Southern border, e.g., Renton, Georgetown, Tukwila. Regardless of location a co-organizer would help with the following things:
1. Be in harmony with and collectively support the group’s mission, vision, inclusivity, and meeting flow statements.
2. Help locate no cost fun meeting places for our card game events.
3. Help schedule and, when possible, reserve tables for the event.
4. Help advertise game nights.
5. Help manage the meetup.com group webpage.
6. Be willing to host a game meetup on your own if I’m not able to attend.
7. Bring several decks of cards, pencils, a pad of paper, donation can, and the game flow & meld/points cheat sheet to the meetup.
8. Be able to teach newcomers, minimally, the traditional 3 handed game as documented in Walter Gibson’s book, Pinochle is the name of the game. Other versions are welcome but everyone should be taught the original game first and then build the other versions on top of that.
9. Make Dues & Fees donation announcement as worded in the Dues & Fees statement, collect any donations, and then transfer those funds to me electronically via either Paypal, Google Wallet, Apple Wallet, or BECU PoP so I can offset the meetup.com fee. I.e., you’d collect any donations, keep that cash, and then just send me the same amount electronically so I can put it toward the meetup.com payment.
Meeting flow statement
The section isn’t so much a statement as it is a list of notes or guiding principles on how to run the meetup. It’s a work in progress so please feel free to comment.
1. Overarching idea is be sensitive to how you play in regard to the number of people who show up and then ability to play the game.
2. We want everyone who shows up to be able to play as much as possible.
3. We always want to encourage newcomers to come to an event and when they do to teach them the game.
4. Create groups of people that maximizes the number of people who can play, i.e., 8 people show you’d want two 4 handed games or two three handed auction games with rotating dealer/scorer that sits out a hand while dealing. Having a 3 player game and a 4 player game going with one person not playing should be avoided.
5. When meetups get large enough, creatively facilitate mixing up groups of people, e.g, maybe by lottery or maybe by odd even numbers, in order to have many people play with each other.
6. Try to avoid playing the same version of the game with the same people all the time. Be vigilant on inclusivity.
7. When teaching someone Pinochle:
a. Teach the 3 handed traditional game as documented in Walter Gibson’s book, Pinochle is the name of the game first. We’ll have a cheat sheet on that.
b. Other versions of the game can be taught once a person has a solid grasp on how to play the game (strategy not included in this statement).
c. Play a couple hands with all players having cards face up on the table so the learner can see the cards, watch how to deal, how the game starts, how to meld, get a feel for playing and winning tricks, scoring at the end of the hand, and eventually winning the game.
d. It will take a couple hands for someone to get used to the terminology, scoring, and play. Once they start getting a hand on that they’ll start to ask how and when to play the cards. You can certainly teach strategy by playing a couple hands cards face up and talking through why you play the cards you do and why it’s important to note other people’s face up meld. After that in the course of playing the game they’ll learn from playing and talking with others.
e. After they have a grasp on the 3 handed traditional game move in whatever direction you’d like in terms of introducing other versions of the game.
8. When teaching someone Canasta:
a. Notes forthcoming.
9. Pinochle is a game with many versions and at times people have unique nuances in how they play the game. With this in mind, when playing with a group for the first time play a couple hands of the ¾ handed traditional game to get consensus on rules of play that each is used to. Then you can settle on rules for your game and the version of game. The idea is that you probably won’t be at consensus at first and will have to get used to playing with each other in how each is familiar with the game. Don’t be flustered by this but rather find the fun in it all in exploring and playing the game in many different ways. Same notes go for Canasta.
10. Not that I assume this will ever happen, but for documentation sake, if anyone acts in a manner that is inappropriate at a meetup please bring this to the attention of the organizers so that a proper response and action can be taken.