Cribbage rules - the play

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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).


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").


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.

Continue to Cribbage rules - the go


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


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 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.


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.


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.


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. 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?


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


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!


Can u count runs going clockwise and counter clockwise in the same hand



I'm not really sure what the question is. Can you give an example?


Ok, I laid a 7, he laid an 8, I laid another 7 then he laid a 6 and took 3 points for a run. I am under the impression that is incorrect because my second 7 broke the run. Please help!

Your second 7 recreated the

Your second 7 recreated the opportunity for the run. If the cards were played in the succession you said, 7, 8, 7, 6; the 6 results in a run of 3 (8,7,6); resulting in 3 points.


Your opponent was correct the way you described it. The 7 then 8 then 7 then 6, the last three cards were 8,7,6 which qualifies for a run. Hope that helps.