# 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?

First of all, there's only one fifteen: the seven and the eight. That's two points. (Note that the sixes can't participate in 15s at all)

Next, there are three runs of three: each six in turn, the seven, and the eight. That's 3*3 = nine points.

Finally, there's the trio of sixes, worth six points (or equivalently, three pairs of sixes).

So the final score for the hand is 2+9+6 = 17 points.

• Another way to look at the hand is taking the shortcut that you have a triple run which is worth 15 (as opposed to a double double run which is 16) with a single "fifteen-two" for a total of 17 points. Oct 19, 2013 at 2:03
• @corsiKa: Those shortcuts are important in becoming a better player. Oct 20, 2013 at 18:09

Here is a web page that you can use to score any cribbage hand:

http://www.bucktheodds.com/cribbage/score

And, here is your specific hand

http://www.bucktheodds.com/cribbage/score?cardsText=6S,6D,6H,7S,8D

The page is really cool because it shows a list of all scoring combinations:

``````Scoring Details
15 Count    7S,8D       2
Pairs       6H,6S,6D    6
Straights   6S,7S,8D    9
6D,7S,8D
6H,7S,8D
Jack                    0
Flush                   0
Total                   17
``````