# Cribbage rules - the go

(Previous section: Cribbage rules - the play)

The cribbage rules for scoring 'go' sometimes cause confusion. You earn a point for go when your opponent cannot go. This may be (a) because he has no cards (sometimes called 'One for last'), or (b) because he cannot play without going over 31 ('One for the go'). In either case if you make the total 31 you score only 2 points on the cribbage board, not 3 (because the go is included, as described above). However, you may well make 15 with the last card (in which case you do score 3).

An example sequence of play showing the rules for pegging points by both players:

**Alice** (pone) plays a 4, for a total of 4, and says 'Four.'

**Bob** plays a 7, for a total of 11, and says 'Eleven'.

**Alice** plays another 4, for a total of 15, and says 'Fifteen for two.' [and pegs 2 points]

**Bob** plays a Jack, for a total of 25, and says 'Twenty-five'.

**Alice** cannot go, as any of her remaining cards would take the total over 31. She says 'go'.

**Bob** plays a 5, for a total of 30, and says 'Thirty, and one for the go' [and pegs 1 point]

The count now goes back to zero, and the play continues. Since Bob played the last card, Alice goes first now.

**Alice** plays a 7, for a total of 7, and says 'Seven'.

**Bob** plays an 8, for a total of 15, and says 'Fifteen for two.' [and pegs 2 points]

**Alice** plays a 9, for a total of 24, and says 'Twenty-four for three'. [and pegs 3 points for her run of 7-8-9]

**Bob** cannot go, as he has run out of cards. He therefore says 'Go', and Alice pegs a point for the go. She also has run out of cards and so the game proceeds to the next phase.

Another example:

**Bob** (pone) plays a 4, for a total of 4, and says 'Four.'

**Alice** plays another 4, for a total of 8, and says 'Eight for two.' [and pegs 2 points for the pair]

**Bob** plays a third 4, for a total of 12, and says 'Twelve for six.' [and pegs 6 points for the pair royal ]

**Alice** plays a 3, for a total of 15, and says 'Fifteen for two.' [and pegs 2 points]

**Bob** plays a 2, for a total of 17, and says 'Seventeen for three.' [and pegs 3 points for the run 4-3-2]

**Alice** plays a 5, for a total of 22, and says 'Twenty-two for four.' [and pegs 4 points for the run 5-4-3-2]]

**Bob** cannot go without going over 31, and so says 'Go'.

**Alice** plays a 9, for a total of 31, and says 'Thirty-one for two.' [and pegs 2 points. 'One for the go' is only scored when the scoring player does not make 31. ]

The count is now reset, and Bob plays first, as Alice played last.

**Bob** plays a Queen, for a total of 10, and says 'Ten.'

**Alice** cannot go, as she has run out of cards, and so says 'Go'. [ Bob pegs 1 point for the go. ]

For tips on how to make the most of the go, see the cribbage strategy section.

If you say 'Go' when you had a card you could legally play, this is a breach of the rules called a renege.

An optional rule that is sometimes played forbids a player from scoring a go when she is in the stinkhole (on 120 points). This is not part of the standard rules, however.

## stink hole rules

My opponent and I are both in the stink hole and both are down to our last cards....

She plays a jack for 10.

I play my last card also a jack.

I can't go out by pairing her jack since I'm in the stink hole.

Since the jack is also my last card, can I claim the go and win the game even though I can't claim the two for a pair?

## Stink Hold Smink Hole

Your rules are kitchen cribbage rules. There is nothing in any rule book that says you cannot go out if you are in the stink hole. You should have scored and won the game.

## Scoring 15

I play a 10, opponent plays a 5 for 15+2. I play another 10. Can I score 2 points for 15?

## Go

(Dealer) Me: K,K,Q,J

Pone: 10, 10, 9, 1

Played

10 - K - 10

Then I said go and pone plays ace for 31

Then I play

K - 9 - Q

Then I get the go

Do I also get a point for last card J?

## Last card vs go

You played the last card that equals a Go. Take a point for the final Go.

## Scoring

If a player plays his card and reaches 31 and it's the last card played by both players (no cards left to play) does that player scoring 31 get a last card played point for a total of 3 points?

## No

This has been asked and answered a dozen times on this board. The answer is NO. You get two points for landing on 31 REGARDLESS of what card was played.