Cribbage rules - example hands

(Previous section: Cribbage rules part 6 - the scoring)

Cribbage scoring may seem confusing at first, but soon becomes easy. Some practice will be required to spot all the scores in a hand, especially the 15s. Look at these example hands:

Example Hand 1

[ 6 of clubs ] [ 10 of diamonds ] [ 5 of hearts ] [ 4 of spades] ... [ 5 of diamonds]

This is a complicated hand, so follow this standard counting procedure. First count the 15s. How many can you see?

Each of the 5s can make 15 with the 10 - that's 2 15s. Each of the 5s can also make 15 with the 6-4 - that's another 2 15s. That's 4 15s in total, making 8 points.

Now look for pairs. There is one pair of 5s, making a further 2 points - that's 10 in total.

Now look for runs. Each of the 5s can make a 4-5-6 run of 3 - that's 3 points per run, 6 points in all, and the hand total so far is 16.

Finally, look for flushes and 'nobs' - there are none. So the hand scores 16.

Example Hand 2

[ Jack of diamonds ] [ 3 of spades ] [ 3 of clubs ] [ 2 of spades ] ... [ Ace of diamonds ]

Remember, count 15s first, then pairs, then sequences, then flushes and nobs. The answer is at the bottom of the page.

Example Hand 3

[ 3 of hearts ] [ 3 of spades ] [ 4 of spades ] [ 4 of diamonds ] ... [ Ace of diamonds ]

It's easy to miss 2 of the points in this hand. Check your answer.

29 hand

This is the highest-scoring hand in cribbage. It is a useful exercise to understand where each of the 29 points comes from! (see answers).


Answers

Example Hand 2: 13 points. The J-2 makes 15 with both 3s, that's 4; a pair of 3s adds 2 to make 6; two runs A-2-3 add 6 to make 12; the Jack of nobs adds 1 point to make 13.

Example Hand 3: 6 points. The 3-3-4-4-A adds up to 15, that's 2; two pairs add 4 to make 6. Did you miss the 15?

29 Hand: 29 points. The J makes 15 with each of the 5s, that's 8; the 4 5s also make 15 four different ways, that's 16; double pair royal (four of a kind) adds 12 to make 28; the Jack of nobs makes 29. You will not find yourself called upon to count this hand very often.

Although the rules of cribbage are simple, the method of scoring takes a little practice to master. The article How to Count Cards in Cribbage details a little solitaire cribbage game you can play which will help you learn to score hands fast.

Continue to Cribbage rules part 8 - Muggins

CRIBBAGE

WHAT IS THE COUNT WHEN YOU HAVE 3455 AND A 5 CUT. I THINK 24 MY LOVELY LADY THINKS 17

Your lovely lady is

Your lovely lady is right.

You can make a 3-4-5 run three ways (once with each of the 5s), each worth three points for a total of nine.

You can make a 15 only one way (5-5-5), for two points.

And you can make three different pairs when you have three cards the same, for 6 points.

9 + 2 + 6 = 17.

How did you get 24?

the lady is right only 1-15

the lady is right only 1-15 3runs of 3 and 6for the 5s

answer

there is 15-2 15-4 15-6 and a triple run is a total of 21

17

Sorry, I see only one 15: 5-5-5. Where are you getting the other two 15s?

17 is correct

There is only 17 points in that hand, one 15 for two points and a triple run (that always scores 15).

cribbage runs

Say a 2,4,3 and 5 is played and the person who played the 2 plays another 2 does that person get 5 points?

cribbage runs in play

No, just 4. But if it were an ace you would score 7 - 5 for the run and 2 for the 15.

what order

what order

Runs

It does not matter what order cards are played to form a run while pegging, only when played that they do form a run. For instance, if the play goes like this, A, 6, 2, 5, 4, 7 and then a player plays a 3 they get a run for 7! Even though there was no other scoring done before that! Happy Pegging!

You've been playing computer

You've been playing computer cribbage too much. To do a run, it does need to be in order.

Read the rules

Computer cribbage does just fine in staying aligned with the rules which state, that "scoring straights of three or more cards in any sequence" qualify as scoring. Please review the rules at www.cribbage.org You may learn a thing or two that you have neglected.

Can you use the six twice

Can you use the six twice with the card on the deck a 5 and your hand A,6,8,9

Using a card more than once

As stated in earlier posts, you can only use a card once, IF you are using the exact same cards to combine with it when you are scoring. Your example of A, 5, 6, 8, 9 scores 6 points, making three different sets of fifteen.

Cribbage

what do 4 5's add up tp

Counting four 5's to a total of 20 points.

The easiest way to count four 5's. It takes two 5's for a pair and there are six pairs for 12 points total. The four cards are 5 H, 5 S, 5 D, and 5 C. 5 Heart & 5 Spade - 5 Heart & 5 Diamond - 5 Heart & 5 Club - 5 Spade & 5 Diamond - 5 Spade & 5 Club - 5 Diamond & 5 Club.

It takes three 5's to make 15 for two board points. Since there are four 5's - cover one up and count three of the 5's for 15. Then cover the next one up and count three 5's for 15. Then cover the third 5 up and count three 5's for 15. Then cover the last 5 up and count tree 5's for 15. That is a total of 8 points for 4 sets of 15 for 2.

12 points for the 6 pairs and 8 points for the 4 counts of 15 will total 20 points.

Counting four 5's to a total of 20 points.

The easiest way to count four 5's. It takes two 5's for a pair and there are six pairs for 12 points total. The four cards are 5 H, 5 S, 5 D, and 5 C. 5 Heart & 5 Spade - 5 Heart & 5 Diamond - 5 Heart & 5 Club - 5 Spade & 5 Diamond - 5 Spade & 5 Club - 5 Diamond & 5 Club.

It takes three 5's to make 15 for two board points. Since there are four 5's - cover one up and count three of the 5's for 15. Then cover the next one up and count three 5's for 15. Then cover the third 5 up and count three 5's for 15. Then cover the last 5 up and count tree 5's for 15. That is a total of 8 points for 4 sets of 15 for 2.

12 points for the 6 pairs and 8 points for the 4 counts of 15 will total 20 points.