The length of a pinochle game depends on how long it takes for one player to accumulate 1,500 points. Since there are many variations of pinochle, it also depends on the version that is being played.
Every deal in the game of pinochle can qualify as a game if players do not want to set a point goal. At the end of the deal, whoever has the most points wins. Essentially, the game lasts for however long people want to play. Examples of variations on pinochle include cutthroat, four-handed, five-handed and racehorse. This game can be played with anywhere from two to eight players.