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Pinochle Tournament Pairing

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    Question Pinochle Tournament Pairing

    My family participates in a pinochle tournament that requires all the players to be paired in 3 person teams that switch each round. The tournament consists of 10 rounds. Unfortunately, the number of players fluctuates, so the pairing will not always be divisible by 3. In this case, it is customary to use as many 4 person teams as necessary, but not less than 3 people can be on a team.

    I've seen Visual Basic programs that can generate pairing based on a list on names in column A, but I can't seem to locate it anywhere. Ideally, I intend to create a basic sheet to list the names and incorporate a command button to generate the pairings on the spot.

    Any help would be extremely appreciated.

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    Re: Pinochle Tournament Pairing

    Here you go.

    Enter your participant names in Column A beginning in Row 2. When you have entered all names, click the randomize button.

    I did not go through the process of actually setting up the groups. I assumed that the informal nature of your game would allow you to run the randomizer and then just call out the groups to your participants (either 3 table or 4 table). At the end of each round, you would just click the randomize button again to get new groupings.


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    1. Make a copy of your workbook and run the following code on your copy (just in case)
    2. With excel open, press ALT+F11 to open the Visual Basic Editor (VBE). From the "Insert" menu, select "Module".
    3. Paste the code from above into the empty white space. Close the VBE.
    4. From the developer tab, choose "Macros", select the Sub Name, and click "Run".

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