The origin of Pedro

The origin of Pedro

Are you ready to get your brains all tied up in a knot? Then perhaps the game we call Pedro (Pronounced: Peedro) could be the game for you.

According to some players, it seems like some Portuguese are under the belief that the game originated in Portugal. Unfortunately, this is not the case as it just so happens to be popular in Finland, Italy, Ireland, the United States and Nicaragua. Besides Portugal, Italy and Ireland have also laid claim to being the founders of this game.

Well, get in line, because the origin of the game actually comes from the United States. However, where in the United States it originated is a bit hazy. Some believe it originated in San Francisco, California while others believe it traces its roots in Denver, Colorado.

Pedro developed in the 1880s, more specifically around 1885 but was overshadowed by Auction Bridge which came out in 1904. Fortunately, the game has not died out completely and is still enjoyed today.

Basically, the game comprises of four players which consist of two teams. It is up to each team to reach 62 points first. Pedro is played with a standard 52 card deck of cards with the Joker removed. Each card has a value of one, except the 5, which has a value of 5 points. To learn more about the rules of Pedro, click here.

Chilton Mellem
Editor, With a National Diploma in Journalism from CPUT and experience as a newspaper reporter, Chilton shares Dino’s passion for the Portuguese community in South Africa.