impossible scores

My brother and I were talking about impossible hands to get. We have always known that 19 is an impossible hand to get. It has even been passed down in our family that if you get a 0 when counting a hand that you got a 19. But we were trying to figure out if a 25, 26, or 27 was possible. Can any one clear this up for us and if you can get them, how?

possible 19 piont hand

I was dealt J hearts, J clubs, 10 hearts, 9 hearts and 5 hearts was cut I counted it several times it comes out to 19 points 8 for double run 6 for 15s 4 for hearts and 1 for nobs = 19


This is not poker. ALL of the cards in your hand must the the same suit in order to score points. If all of the cards in your hand were the same suit, then you could not have a double run. Your hand was worth 15, not 19.

You don't get to count "4 for

You don't get to count "4 for hearts" because you don't have four hearts in your hand.

Total = 15 pts.

Why can't you get a 30 in

Why can't you get a 30 in crib?

This baffles me.

Say I am dealing.

My hand has 4 5's in it.

I turn any Jack.

Isn't that Jack worth two points to me?

That would give me 30 instead of 29.

It is the same hand anyway you look at it.

Have I been playing wrong all of this time in counting 2 points for turning up the Jack?

You get 30 points indeed.

You get 30 points indeed. But you don't get to say you have a 30-point hand.

You have for 5's.

When the Jack is turned, you score 2 points for His Heels.

Then you play and peg.

Then everyone counts their hand.

As dealer, you count your hand last, and your hand is worth 28 points.

So you did score 30 points total. But the hand itself is 28.

Value vs. scoring of the hand

Correct on claiming the Jack for two points when it is turned over as the starter card and you are the dealer. Now there are a lot of things that are going to happen between now and when you get to count your hand. You MIGHT not even get to count your hand if your opponent goes out! Anyway do you also count the pegs that you made as part of your hand? Let's say that They lead a 10 you play a 5 for 2 points, they play a 6 to 21, you play a 5, they say go and you play another 5 for 31 for 4 points. Then they play another 10 and you play another 5 for another two points. Do you get to say that your hand is now worth 6 points of pegging 2 for the jack and 28 in your hand for a total of 36 points? No you don't. Each of these are separate parts of cribbage and are NOT scored together. Hands are only worth what they are scored when you count your hand. Pegging, nobs and nibs are completely different and are NOT part of your hand. Only your hand is counted as your hand. Your total holes that you moved down a board might be 30, or even more, but the count of your hand is only 28 and cannot exceed 29.


You are dealt:
5 of diamonds
5 of clubs
5 of hearts
Jack of hearts

The cut card is: 10 of hearts

That would be 19

Please add all your cards

5+5+5 equals ? This is probably one of the most miscounted hands in all of cribbage. You have 21 points here, not 19. 3 fives and two face cards always scores AT LEAST 20 points.

Let's count fifteens first:

Let's count fifteens first:

J+5 three times = 6
10+5 three times = 6
5+5+5 = 2

So, total for the fifteens = 14 .

Pairs Royal (three of a kind) = 6.

And Nobs (Jack of the turn-up suit) = 1.

Total = 14 + 6 + 1 = 21 !

Read Above

Please read the dozens of posts above as to why your hand is NOT 19.