# Cribbage rules - the play

(Previous section: Cribbage rules - the turn-up)

## The count

Following the deal, the discard and the turn-up, the hand proper begins.

In the playing phase of Cribbage, the players take it in turns to lay down a card, trying to make the running total equal to certain values. The non-dealer plays first and states the value of her card (for example, "ten" for a Jack). Court cards count ten (together with the face 10 they are known as the 'ten-cards', or 'tenth cards'). Ace counts one.

## 15 and 31

The dealer then plays a card, the value of which is added to the current running total. The player who makes the total exactly 15 scores two points ("fifteen-two"). Two points are also awarded for making 31. Additionally, you score a point if your opponent cannot play without going over 31 ("one for the go", or just "one for go"). You must play if you can (reneging is against the rules).

## Pairs

If your card is the same rank as the last card played, you score two for a pair. If your opponent plays a third card of the same rank, he scores 6 for a "pair royal" (three of a kind). Four of a kind scores 12 ("double pair royal").

## Runs

If the last 3 cards played form a sequence, the player making the sequence scores 3 for a "run". For example, 3-4-5 makes a run of 3 and so scores 3 for the player laying down the 5. If the opponent then plays a 6 (or a 2) to extend the sequence to 4 cards, she scores 4, and so on as long as the sequence is unbroken.

Sequence do not have to be in order. For example, if the play goes 7-9-6, you can then play an 8 to score 4 for a run of 4.

## pegging

opponent started with a 3, i threw a 4, they a 5 for 3 points, i a 6 for 4 point, they a ace for =15 for 7 points, i a 6 for 6 points and then they a 3 for 4 points. This isn't right is it. The 3 breaks the run , right?

## The play went 3, 4, 5, 6.. so

The play went 3, 4, 5, 6.. so there was a score of 3 and a score of 4 for runs.. a total of 18 played. Then an ace is played.. so the total is 19. No points are scored there. Then a 6 is played, total is 25 and still no other scores.. (3 4 5 6 A 6 has no more running cards past the first 6).

## Rules rules

Why would the ace get 7 points, it's only worth two points for the count being 15, the ace does not have anything to do with the run

## scoring sequence in play

How do you score the following sequence made in play? A 7 was played first followed by a 9 and then a 8 to make a sequence of three for 3 points. Here is the questions: My playing partner then played a 7. Is this another sequence of three for 3 points and 2 points for 31?

## re: scoring sequence

Yes, your parntner gets 3 points for the run of 7, 8, 9, the last 3 cards played where the sequence was not broken. And the 2 points for 31. If 8 or 9 were played first your partner would be out of luck because the first 7 played would have interrupted the second sequence.

## 5, 6, 7, 7... = 1 pair. Or = 1 pair and 2 x run of 3?

This is for 3 player cribbage.

The play sequence

5, 6, 7, 7

The first 7 is worth 1 run of 3. What is the second 7 worth?

The two ways to look at it are

A) Just a pair

or

B) A pair and also 2 runs of three?

## Well, I don't play much

Well, I don't play much 3-hand Crib, but in 2-hand Crib, there are no double runs during pegging. So, it would be just the pair.

## Just a pair. There are no

Just a pair. There are no double, double-double or triple runs in play.

## run sequence during play

I came upon a run that I had never encountered before. During play it went:4,7,5,3,6. This is counted as 5 points right? It doesn't matter what order it is in or does it? Also, the person that I was playing with today got a perfect hand! I had never seen that before! Anyway, thanks!

## Runs

Runs do not have to be insequential order, so you were correct. That run scores 5 points, and if a 2 was played as the 6th card, it would have scored 6 points!

## run sequence during play

so the play went like this: 4,7,5,3,6. This 5 points? Does the run have to be in order? Wasn't sure. Thanks.

## Scoring Runs while pegging

We had an unusual situation the other day. I started with 2 my wife played 3 I played 4 for a total of 3 points. My wife then played another 4. I know she gets the pair for the 4s but is that also then considered a double run. The play then continued with a five each then she played another 5 and I had a six. Through all that we still didnt score 31 but how do you score all of the double and triple runs. Very confusing.

## Pegging

There are no double or triple runs in pegging, only runs. In your example, the second four 'broke' the run and would be scored only as a pair. Two additional cards, such as your 5 and her 6 could then be used to make another 3-card run, but the initial run was broken by the second four.

## Runs in cribbage

Played 4

Played 6

Played 5

Played 7

Played 3

The person playing the 3 has covered the 4. Can this sequence be scored as 5 points for the last player in a four-handed game.

## Runs

Yes! Absolutely! Here is your sequence 4, 6, 5 (15 for 2 and the run of 3 for 5!), 7 for a run of 4, and 3 for a run of 5. Since we are only up to 26 on the count even a 2 and an Ace could be played at this point for a run of 6 and even 7. (they haven't covered the run because there are still outside cards--the 3 and 8 that will continue the run)

Happy Pegging!

## Run During Play

Quick Question as this came up last night in 3-handed, play went as follows:

(1) - 10 (10)

(2) - 5 (15 for 2)

(3) - 3 (18)

(1) - 4 (22 for 3)

(2) - 6 (28 for 4)

(3) - 3 (31 for ?)

I was player 2 in this case, and I believe the last card played, 3 (31) to be for only 2 points as the 5 has been covered. The player contested to say that he was continuing (replacing the 3) the run by playing the 3 and that it should be 31 for 7 (5 and 2 for 31). Who is correct?

## Only 31

You were correct. The last card played is worth only 31. You cannot take the run past a card of the same rank.

## The last three, four or five

The last three, four or five cards played are not a sequence, so there is NO run. Only a 2 could have been played by player 3 for a run of five. Player 1 could have subsequently played an Ace for 8 holes.

## There were some runs

The play of the 4, and the 6 both constitute runs and should be scored 3 points and then 4 points. It was the second 3 card played that broke the run.

## Runs

Just to make it clear....again....runs DO NOT need to be in any sequence, they just need to be an unbroken run when they are played. A 7 followed by a 9, followed by an 8 is a 3 point run. It doesn't matter in which order they were played, just that they were played and no cards were played between them. www.cribbage.org go to rules and then runs.

## You are correct!

The last card played (the 3) is no longer in a run, because it was played after the 5. If it had been played before the 5, then you would still have a run. The peg to 31 is only worth 2 points.

## the play went like this

the play went like this 4,3,5,6,1 and then a 2. Does the 2 make this a count of 6 for a run?

## Runs

Yes, as stated before on several posts, that run scores 6 points...add a 7 and it scores 7.

## Pegging

If you get 31 on the last play of pegging, do you still get a point for last card (therefore 3 points total, 2 for the "31" and 1 for last card)? Or do you not get the "last card" point for last card because you got 31?

## Pegging to 31

You only get two points for getting to 31 no matter when it happens. Getting to 31 exactly is considered a point for a 'go' (because no one can play) and a bonus point. Since you are already getting the point for the 'go', you do not get another point for last card, because last card is technically a 'go' (because no one can play) and that is included in the 31. Hope that helps!