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Most of this file describes six card cribbage, the most common two player
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Six Card Cribbage
Cribbage is played with an ordinary pack of 52 cards without jokers.
The aim of Cribbage is to be the first to move the pegs all the way up
Competitions are normally played as the best of 3 games, a game being
Players cut for the deal – lowest card wins. After the first hand,
Next the dealer asks his opponent to cut the cards another time. The
The opponent begins the Play by laying one of his four cards face up
When a player cannot play without taking the total above 31, that player
When one player’s cards are exhausted, the other player continues alone.
During the play, the following events are scored and the appropriate
Each player then counts the score of the four cards in his hand plus
The highest possible score in the show is 29 points – 3 fives and a Jack
Finally, the dealer counts the score of the cards in the crib plus the
Scoring is done in exactly the same way as for the show except that a
Explanation of Six Card Cribbage by Example
Example of The Play
The number shows the card laid down while the text shows what would be
The Show – Example 1
Crib – Jack Diamonds;
Hand – Five Hearts, Queen Spades, Queen Hearts, King Clubs
Total score 16. While totting up this hand, the player would say something
The Show – Example 2
Crib – Queen Diamonds;
Hand – Jack Hearts, Jack Diamonds, Queen Spades, King Clubs
Total score 17. While totting up this score, the player would say something
The Show – Example 3
Crib – Three Spades
Hand – Ace Hearts, Two Hearts, Four Hearts, Five Hearts.
Total score 11. The player would say something not disimilar to “Five
Five Card cribbage
This is a simpler game that is none-the-less preferred by many veterans.
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Seven card cribbage
Only experienced players play this game – it can get quite complicated.
The highest score under seven card cribbage is 46 which can only be scored
Four handed cribbage
Cribbage works well as a four handed game played as partners with the
Three handed cribbage
Although it’s a somewhat contrived affair, Cribbage can also be played
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History of The Rules of Cribbage –
The Rules of Cribbage and the game of Cribbage itself it is said can be attributed to Sir john Suckling (1609-1642) . Sir John was considered by many as a Poet by day, and a gambling womanizer and something of a swindler by night.