Five player cribbage

I've been asked if you can play Cribbage with five players. Did a web search and saw where someone said there was a variation for five, but that site did not explain how to play with five.

Does anyone know if five can play? If so, how?

Re: Five player cribbage

Well, I never heard of five player cribbage being played, but there's nothing to stop you :)

A good deal might be six cards each, and everyone discards one to the crib.

Re: Five player cribbage

Here is how I play with 5 players:

There are 3 teams, 2 teams of 2 players and 1 person that plays solo but ALWAYS gets the crib. Deal rotates normally from player to player but the solo player always get the crib.

So you have to have at least 3 lane cribbage board.

Re: Five player cribbage

Five and six player cribbage can be played, but I found it's just too many people. The play may not even come back to you after you start. I've had better luck with splitting into two games. 2, 3, and 4 player games are fine.

5-player: Requires two boards and everybody plays cutthroat (individually). 5 cards to each player who discards one to the crib, except the dealer who only gets 4 cards and plays with what is dealt.

6-player: Requires a 3-player board and everybody plays partners. 5 cards to each player who discards one to the crib, except for the dealer and his partner who only gets 4 cards and plays with what is dealt.

For completeness:
3-player: Requires a 3-player board and everybody plays cutthroat (individually). 5 cards to each player who discards one to crib, and deal one more to the crib to make 4.

4-player: Requires a 2-player board and everybody plays partners/teams. 5 cards to each player who discards one to crib.

Re: Five player cribbage

Excellent, thanks Lance - I'll add that to the Cribbage variations page.

Cribbage is the best for 2

Cribbage is the best for 2 players, isn't it?
What about group people into 2-players games?
i.e. 3 players to play
1st vs 2nd
than
1st vs 3rd
than
2nd vs 3rd
and repeat

4 players
2 games at the same time
1 vs 2
3 vs 4
than
1 vs 3
2 vs 4
than
1 vs 4
2 vs 3
than repeat

Cribbage is the best for 2

In most cases I agree that Cribbage is the best for 2 but if players don't want to sit around for a game to be played then you can play with 5 players.

I have played Cribbage with 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 players. If you are just playing to have fun and it not a tournament or something like that then it can add a little variety to the game.