A card game for usually 2, but up to 4 people who draw, hold, and lay down cards in combinations meant to earn the most points.

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Why does a run of 4 in Cribbage score only 4?

Cribbage scoring is fairly logical. There are card combinations worth a given number of points and you can score every unique subset of cards independently and total up the score. Except for runs of ...
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Optimal Leading Card in Cribbage

In the "Play" phase of Cribbage (31's), what is the optimal leading card to play. I have always played a 4 if I had one, because it can't be fifteened and is less likely to result in a run, because an ...
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Is his nobs/knobs separate from a flush in cribbage?

I've been hunting everywhere for this and am leaning toward the answer being yes but can't find it explicitly stated anywhere: is his nobs (or knobs) separate from a flush in cribbage? For example, ...
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Third Hole in Cribbage Board

What is the third hole at the start of the cribbage for? It's shown behind the 2 pegs in the image below:
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Has anyone heard of a rule called “19 back” for 0 point hands?

My father in law plays a rule that I consider to be rubbish since I can find no reference to it in the rules. I assume it's a house rule that he's tripped over somewhere, and adopted into his game. ...
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Close to winning means no go for you?

A long while back I was playing crib with a friend, and his crib board (I might be imagining things here, but I'm fairly certain) was shaded in the 118, 119, and 120 point area. This three-point zone ...
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What hand scores are impossible in Cribbage?

It's very well known that 19 is an impossible score to achieve when counting your hand. What are the other impossible to achieve scores? I've read 25, 26, 27. Does anyone know the answer ...
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Cribbage pone strategy for hands involving a run and a pair

In two-player cribbage, when the pone is dealt a hand that includes a run and a 5+pair (e.g. 3,4,5,6,Q,Q) is it better to keep the run (3,4,5,6) or the 5+pair (_,5,Q,Q)? It seems like there should be ...
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Counting multi-runs in cribbage

I've recently begun memorizing totals of common multi-run combinations to help score cribbage hands. I've seen some others do this as well. Short-Hand Examples: AS AC 2H 3H | 6D - A double-run of ...
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Is Ace high? Or low? Or both?

When playing the cards, Ace is worth 1. When counting runs, A 2 3 is worth 3. I've often played with Q K A also being worth 3. I've even played with K A 2 being worth 3! Definitely good ways to ...
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In cribbage, do you get points for doubles after getting to 31?

My opponent pegged for getting to 31 by playing a jack. If I play a jack after that, do I peg for the doubles?
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What is “Go” in cribbage?

I've played a fair bit of cribbage, but I've never heard of scoring one point for "Go" (as mentioned in this other question: Cribbage score going out). What is it, and what impact does it have on the ...
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Cribbage score going out

i.e. Player needs 4 points to go out. The hand value is 3. Does the Player get to go out with the added 1 point "Go"?
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Strongest cribbage bots

How good are computers at Cribbage? Are the best humans still better than the best computers? I can find lots of AIs online, but only in the context of selling computer and mobile cribbage games.
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What do I need to consider when creating a new card game variant?

I came up with a card game variant, combining Texas Hold 'Em and Cribbage, with a friend. You basically follow Hold 'Em play mechanics, and the best hand at showdown is the 5 card hand (2 hole cards ...
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What's the highest score that can be achieved by pegging?

Nearly every cribbage player knows that 29 is the highest-scoring hand that one can achieve, and that 19 and some others are impossible to score. However, I'm curious to know what is the highest ...
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Variations in scoring “his nobs” and “his heels”

I've been playing cribbage for a greater portion of my lifetime, and until recently I haven't really played any games where the rules and customs varied much from what I was taught by my grandfather. ...
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Three beginner clarifications about Cribbage

I started playing Cribbage on my phone 2 days ago and want to play with my friends, so I have some questions: How do you determine who leads the next hand? I know the after the deal, the Pone leads, ...
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Who gets the points when calling Muggins in a three-player Cribbage game?

If two players call "Muggins" at the same time (in a three-player Cribbage game), and both players call the correct number of points, which player is awarded the points? I have looked at several ...
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Scoring a confusing cribbage hand

My father and his friend were playing cribbage today and ran into a dilemma trying to score their hand properly. Could you let me know what you think so I can straighten this out for them. The hand ...
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Is it allowed to win a game of cribbage with the single point from a “go”? [duplicate]

When playing cribbage and you're at a score of 120, can you then win the game by playing the last card and getting 1 point for the "go"? I've seen people play where you're not allowed to win via the ...
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Cribbage Scoring Difficulties

We ran into a friendly argument while playing cribbage today and we're stumped as to how to count this hand. How do you count 3 Sixes, 1 Seven and 1 Eight?
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What is the effect of the “1 for last card” score on tactics in cribbage?

In most sets of rules for Cribbage [1], you score a point for playing the last card. My first impression is this tends to nullify the "point for go" - if you manage to win "1 for go", probably the ...