Cribbage rules - the scoring

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Having played out all the cards, both players then score their hands, pone first - this time including the turn-up card as part of both hands. The dealer's crib also includes the turn-up. Again, points are scored for 15s, runs, and pairs; you can also score for a flush (all cards of the same suit) - see the cribbage scoring chart below for a handy reference. It is a key part of the rules of cribbage that the non-dealer should score first - at the end of the game, both players may have enough points to win, and the right to score first will determine victory. The cribbage board's positions usually alternate during the game, with first one player leading, then the other. The trick is to be in the first-scoring position when you are close enough to win!

Cribbage flush

If the four cards in your hand are of the same suit, you score four for a flush (a cribbage flush, unlike in poker, doesn't beat three of a kind!). If the starter card is also of the same suit, you score five. However, in the crib you cannot score a four-card flush; all five must be the same suit. These rules occasionally have local variations, so check to make sure which rules are being used. In an official tournament, the American Cribbage Congress rules apply.

Some cribbage rules sites explicitly state that flushes are not scored in cribbage. This is incorrect, at least according to the American Cribbage Congress rules, which are the nearest thing to an official set of rules for cribbage.

Cribbage pairs

2 points are scored for a pair in cribbage, and 6 for a pair royal - that is, three cards of the same rank. This can be considered as 3 different pairs worth 2 points each. Similarly, double pair royal (four of a kind) scores 12 as there are 6 ways of picking two cards from four. You begin to see why mathematicians love this game.

Combinations of cards making 15 score two points each - for example, 8 and 7. As many ways as you can make 15 with your cards, you score 2 points for each of them. For example, 8-7-7-A can make 15 three ways: the 8 and one 7, the 8 and the other 7, and the 7-7-A. Consequently it scores 6 points (for 15s, and a further 2 for the pair of 7s).

Cribbage runs

Runs score as many points as there are cards in them. For example, a four-card run 9-T-J-Q scores 4.

Cribbage nobs

You also score 1 point if you have the Jack of the same suit as the starter card (known as 'his nob' or just 'nobs').

Cribbage scoring chart

You can print out this cribbage scoring chart and keep it handy when you're playing!

Score Value Comment
15 2 -
Pair 2 -
Pair royal 6 Three of a kind
Double pair royal 12 Four of a kind
Run 1 per card Runs need not be in numerical order (eg 3-5-6-4) but they must be consecutive (3-4-4-5 does not score).
Go 1 The go is scored by the last player to lay a card.
31 2 The 2 points for 31 includes a go (by definition no-one can go when the total is 31). So no extra point is scored for the go.
Nobs 1 "One for his nob" is scored if you hold the Jack of the turn-up suit.

Continue to Cribbage rules -example hands

A four card flush is worth 4

A four card flush is worth 4 (without the starter), and a five card flush is worth five points (with the starter) . You can only get the 5 point type with the Crib.

Flushes while pegging

No, No, not now or in the future

What is the total points of 9

What is the total points of 9 6 6 3 and starter is 4

I see three 15s for 6 points

I see three 15s for 6 points and a pair for 2 points. Total 8 points. The starter card doesn't get you anything extra. (9&6), (9& other 6), (6,6,&3).


Jaime the starter card does not help the hand. You should be able to score this hand very easily. How many combinations of 15 are there by not using the exact same cards twice? How many runs (if there are runs)? and how many pairs? You should approach all scoring like this until you can see all of the points in a hand.


Well lets see, the four does not help your hand at all, and you started with six points (do you know where they are?), so you probably ended up with? Go ahead make a guess....


When playing out the hand a three card run is made ending in 31.Is the score for the play
5 (three for the run plus two for 31) or just 2 for achieving 31


Yes, hitting 31 exactly while ending in a 3-card run would be five points. Great pegging!

Last card on '15'

I've searched everywhere for an answer to this question to no avail.....!

When the last card of the hand is played and totals '15', is that worth 2 points or 3?

Thanks in advance.


I am assuming that you are talking about the act of pegging, or the 'play', the answer is yes, if the last card played also equals 15 then you get two for the 15 and one for the final Go. Remember that a Go is when no other player can play a card closer to 31 than the one that you have played regardless of when this happens.


Will someone please tell me what the count is on this hand:
7 7 7 8 turn up card is an ace. I believe it is 12


If your starter card is an Ace, then this hand scores 18. Fifteen 12 and 3 pairs for 18.

right jack scoring

Is cutting the jack worth still worth 2 points if you are within 5 points of winning the game?

Right Jack?

There is no cutting of a right Jack. Cutting of ANY Jack no matter where you are on the board gives you two points. You can be only one hole from going out and the cutting of ANY Jack will put you out if you are the dealer. The ONLY time you use the words 'Right Jack', is if you are holding the jack in your hand or your crib of the same suit of the starter card. (turn card). The "Right Jack" then scores one for that player.


2 questions..........if you make a 31 for 2 on the last card played in a hand for 2 points do you also get an additional point for last card played for a total of 3 points.............also do get nobs in the kiddie/ you hold the jack of diamonds in your kiddie and the card that was cut is also a diamond..i play a computer game and the computer always gives nobs if it is in your hand but I have noticed if it is in the crib it scores it sometimes and sometime s not,,,,,,,cannot figure out why it does this.....send me an email please