Cribbage rules - the turn-up

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The turn-up

The game of cribbage then begins with the dealer turning up the top card on the remaining pile after the cards have been dealt to each player. This card is called the turn-up or starter. If the turn-up card is a Jack, the dealer immediately scores two points ("two for his heels").

Can you go out on a Jack?

One of the most frequently-asked questions on the Cribbage Corner Forum is "If I am in the stinkhole, can I peg out on a Jack?" In other words, if you only need one point to win, and you turn up a Jack, do you score two for his heels and win?

The answer is yes - unless the players agree otherwise. Official rules say that there is no restriction on scoring "two for his heels" or Go, but a commonly-used optional rule prevents this. You can add this to your house rules if you want.

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UP Card

When adding up points at the end of the game, is the up card a wild card regardless of what it is? For esample, if it is a Jack in addition to the original two points the dealer gets when turning it up does the Jack in players hand become a wild card too? So if that’s true, then if a player has a Jack in hand, a Jack as a up card and a single card in his hand, then he can count the two Jacks as a wild, the single card becomes a triple, a pair becomes quadruple and so on?
Thank you,

The turn up

The turn up, is the top card AFTER the non dealer has cut the deck after the cards have Ben dealt and the cub cards discarded. It is incorrectly stated here that is is just the top card after the cards are dealt.