A Conversation for Cribbage - the Card Game

How many points?

Post 1

Bagpuss

Surely to win you must score 121 points? At least that's how I play. Also you could mention what "nineteen" means.


How many points?

Post 2

There is only one thing worse than being Gosho, and that is not being Gosho

I think you're right Bagpuss - whilst the crib board has four rows of 60 holes, there are also two 'home' holes at each end of the board where the pegs have to begin and end the game.


How many points?

Post 3

There is only one thing worse than being Gosho, and that is not being Gosho

Let me rephrase that - at each end of the board is one 'home' hole, and the two players begin and end the game from there, so to win you have to score 60x2+1=121.


How many points?

Post 4

jqr

You can play either to 61 or 121. The key is, however, that the first person to peg the winning number wins; the other player doesn't get a his or her own innings to come back.


How many points?

Post 5

There is only one thing worse than being Gosho, and that is not being Gosho

Well now. I was right the first time - there *are* two 'home' holes because each player uses two pegs to score (oh leave it out, it's a long time since I played, and my memory..... what was the question again?). The leading peg shows your current score, the rear peg shows the previous score. When you score, say, 6 points, you move the rear peg 6 holes in front of the forward peg, rather than counting it 6 holes on from its position, because then you'd need to score more than 121 to win. I wonder how that originated? After all, you don't really need two pegs because only one of them is showing the score at any one time....


How many points?

Post 6

Bagpuss

Probably because it's so easy to fumble with those tiny little pegs.

I think you only play to 61 when playing five-card cribbage, which is not described in the article.


5-card variation?

Post 7

jqr

How is five-card different?


5-card variation?

Post 8

Bagpuss

Well, you get dealt five cards instead of six....

OK, enough of the sarcasm. You still put two into the crib, so that it still contains four cards, whereas you have three in hand. This gives quite an advantage to the first dealer, so the other bloke gets a six point start. In play, you reach 31 and then stop, rather than starting at 0 again.

I think that's basically it.

Five card was the original, I believe.


How many points?

Post 9

BrentL

"Nineteen" means zero, you didn't score anything.

This is because it's impossible to construct a hand that will score nineteen points...


5-card variation?

Post 10

LadyB - Muse of STATUS QUO and Road Crews, Keeper of All Things RHINO Related

I play the 5 card version [it's supposed to be the original Roman version I think] and the NON-DEALER gets 2 points each time you deal [because the dealer gets the crib].
Play goes up to 31 and scores the same as 6 card. Then, once that's done and the hands are scored, he opens the crib and scores that. Every stage of the game begins again at 0 [play, scoring, crib].
LadyB


5-card variation?

Post 11

Bagpuss

I think I played that non-dealer gets 6 points at the start of the game (rather than giving 2 every round), since the four card crib is such a huge advantage.

What do you mean every stage begins again at 0? smiley - erm That's not meant to sound like an argument, I just can't work out what you mean.


5-card variation?

Post 12

LadyB - Muse of STATUS QUO and Road Crews, Keeper of All Things RHINO Related

You put :"In play, you reach 31 and then stop, rather than starting at 0 again."
In our version of 5 card, each 'bit' - the play, the scoring of the hands and the scoring of the crib - starts at 0... I was just clarifying it, like.
LadyB


5-card variation?

Post 13

Bagpuss

Oh, I see. Having written that over two and a half year back, I'd forgotten it. I should really have read over it again. smiley - smiley


5-card variation?

Post 14

Researcher 208601

5 card is played 61 up. non dealer scores 3 on first deal only to offset the advantage of having the first crib. 5 cards are dealt to each player, each player places 2 cards in the crib. once 31 has been reached the hands are counted and scored. the crib is scored. the next hand is then dealt. Well thats how we play in the UK anyway


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