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Cribbage is a classic card game that combines elements of skill, strategy, and luck. It is played with a standard deck of 52 cards and typically involves two players, although it can be adapted for three or four players as well. The game has a rich history dating back to the 17th century and remains a popular pastime in many parts of the world.

The objective of Cribbage is to score points by forming specific combinations of cards in your hand, in a communal "crib," and during the play of the cards. The game is typically played over a series of rounds, with the first player to reach a set number of points, often 121, declared the winner.

Here's a basic overview of how Cribbage is played:


  1. A standard deck of 52 cards is used, with the Jokers removed.
  2. The dealer shuffles the cards, and the non-dealer (often referred to as the "pone") cuts the deck.
  3. Each player is dealt six cards, and they choose two cards to discard into the "crib," which belongs to the dealer but is scored by both players at the end.

Scoring: Cribbage scoring is a crucial aspect of the game. Points can be scored in various ways, including:

  • Fifteens: Players score two points for each combination of cards that add up to 15. For example, a 5 and a 10, or a 7 and an 8.
  • Pairs: Two points are scored for pairs of cards.
  • Runs: Points are awarded for sequences of consecutive cards.
  • Flush: Four points are scored if all cards in the hand (excluding the starter card) are of the same suit.
  • Nobs: One point is scored if a Jack of the same suit as the starter card is in your hand.


  • Players take turns playing one card at a time, alternately and keep a running total of the card values.
  • The total cannot exceed 31; if a player cannot play a card without exceeding 31, they say "Go," and the other player continues.
  • Players score points for any combinations formed during the play phase.


  • Each player uses a cribbage board with pegs to keep track of their points.
  • Players move their pegs along the board's track according to the points scored.
  • The pegs are advanced in two or three-hole increments, and players typically move two pegs - one for each player - to keep track of the score.

The game continues with players taking turns dealing, and the first player to reach the agreed-upon number of points, usually 121, wins the game. Cribbage is known for its blend of strategy in choosing which cards to discard to the crib, skill in finding optimal combinations during play, and an element of chance due to the luck of the card draw.

Cribbage has remained a beloved game for centuries, enjoyed by people of all ages. It's often played in friendly social settings, clubs, and even in organized tournaments. The simplicity of its rules and the depth of strategy make it a timeless card game that continues to bring joy to those who play it.

How to play Cribbage

Using Mouse and Keyboard

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