Stinkhole

The stinkhole is the 120th hole on the cribbage board, one short of winning the game. It's so called because you really don't want to find yourself there!

A commonly-used optional rule has it that if you're in the stinkhole, you can't peg out on a Jack (two for his heels) or a go. Sometimes this also applies if you need 5 or fewer points to win. While this is not part of the standard Cribbage rules, you are free to use this rule so long as all players agree on it beforehand.

The official ACC cribbage tournament rules specifically say that this score still counts even if the dealer would peg out and win the game as a result:

Rule 6.3. Scoring When The Starter Card Is a Jack (His Heels)

a. When a Jack is turned up, the dealer is entitled to two points.

b. The dealer may peg out into the game hole by turning a Jack starter card.

Stink hole

We have played with friends who have an unusual rule. If you end a game by pegging into the stink hole, you cannot count the points in your hand. Is this a legitimate rule?

Re: Stink hole

Do you mean that if after the pegging phase of the hand, one player is on the stink hole, then they cannot count their hand? Seems a little harsh.

If by 'legitimate rule' you mean is it part of the ACC official tournament rules, then no. Outside of that definition, any rule can be played as long as you agree it beforehand. There are lots of fun and interesting local and family rules for Cribbage, but that one I never heard of before.

Re: stink hole

This is the rule I have been looking for an answer to. Tyvm!
Took me about 40 mins to get a straight answer because, it says
Nothing about it specifically in the rules. It states with
confusion, if looking for the rule, something about "a player should Peg out
To claim the win". However, it doesn't clearly state that when
In the stinkhole you can't use your hand to score. I've played
Using this rule my entire life and was looking for verification
On the rule because this is how four generations in my family
And another family both play which, date back into the late
1890's with my great grandparents. I'm astounded so few people
Play with this rule... What's so "bad" about the stinkhole if
You don't have to peg out during the pegging round to win the
Game when caught in the stinkhole? Doesn't really stink that
Much anymore. Although it adds another touch of depth to the
Game when you have to peg out of the stinkhole without using
The points in your hand, or crib if its yours.
Sorry if this comes out choppy, I'm using a blackberry smrtphn
And it just keeps writing in the top line, so when the screen
is full I'm just hitting enter so I can still see it all.
Thanks again!

Tired of the S.H.

My wife introduced me to the "stink hole" a few years ago saying it was an "old family rule". I'm pretty sure I wind there more often than she, I think I'll start keeping track. Anyway, her version says that once in the stink hole you cannot peg at all, not for a go, his heels, a 15, a pair etc. Think I'll create a family rule of my own!

Re:Re:Stinkhole

This is the rule I have been looking for an answer to. Tyvm!
Took me about 40 mins to get a straight answer because, it says
Nothing about it specifically in the rules. It states with
confusion, if looking for the rule, something about "a player should Peg out
To claim the win". However, it doesn't clearly state that when
In the stinkhole you can't use your hand to score. I've played
Using this rule my entire life and was looking for verification
On the rule because this is how four generations in my family
And another family both play which, date back into the late
1890's with my great grandparents. I'm astounded so few people
Play with this rule... What's so "bad" about the stinkhole if
You don't have to peg out during the pegging round to win the
Game when caught in the stinkhole? Doesn't really stink that
Much anymore. Although it adds another touch of depth to the
Game when you have to peg out of the stinkhole without using
The points in your hand, or crib if its yours.
Sorry if this comes out choppy, I'm using a blackberry smrtphn
And it just keeps writing in the top line, so when the screen
is full I'm just hitting enter so I can still see it all.
Thanks again!

Stinkhole

We had an epic 3way player "stinkhole" scenario. The crib was the stinkholer. He didn't score a single point. His name was Larry - lol.

Epic match, always remembered.

What if both players reach

What if both players reach the sinkhole and still have one card each in their hand. Can you win on a "GO" or "Last Card"?

Yes you can

Yes you can go out on a Go or even a cut of a Jack. These are the most intense games and often lead to drinking and a lot of whining...and some winning. Happy pegging!

Yes.

Yes.