Cribbage Scoring

Cribbage is a type of board game that is played between two players. These two players each have two different posts which move throughout the holes in the board as the player scores. The first player to the end of the cribbage board with 110 points is the winner. Players receive points in cribbage in various ways, first is by placing cards down during the game, second is playing cards in their hand and the final way is to play cards that are placed into the “Crib.”

Cribbage scoring can be done through playing cards. Before playing the five cards in the hand, the cribbage players first place cards down attempting to achieve points; for example, if the first player places a 5 down and the second player plays a 5, the second player gets 2 points for a pair, if another 5 is played, the first player then gets 6 points for the three of a kind, plus another 2 points for getting up to 15. Also, if there are 3 cards in a row played, such as 5, 6, 7, the player who puts down the third card will get 3 points for the run. In addition, when a player gets up to 31, they get another point, and whoever places down the last card gets a point. Also in cribbage scoring, when a player cannot play another card, even though cards are left, the opponent will get one point for the “Go.”

Another way to achieve high cribbage scoring is to play the cards in the hand. These are the five cards left after two cards are placed into the crib. There are many points possible through the hand; such as each time the hand has 15, that player receives 2 points, so if you have three 5’s and a 10, you will have 15×4 for 8 points, plus the three 5’s for another 6, equaling 14 points. Runs are each 3 points, so if you have a double run, you get 6 points, plus pairs and whatever else is in your hand, it is very possible to get over 20 points from just a good run. This type of cribbage scoring is why it is very important to keep the cards that will give you the best possible hand.

Cribbage ScoringThe final way to achieve cribbage scoring is in the crib. When the cards are dealt, each player initially gets seven cards. They then place two cards into the crib. The dealer will get the four remaining cards after the hands are scored. The crib scores exactly the same as the hand, although only the dealer gets these cards, so if you are the other player, you need to put in your worst two cards, although if you are in fact the dealer, keep the best two cards. Sometimes it works to the dealers favor, although, at times, they can get nothing out of the crib. In cribbage, many players will even pad their crib, by placing a pair or a 15 in it, just to make sure they get some kind of points for the crib.

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