questions
http://cribbagecorner.com/taxonomy/term/106/all
enZero-scoring cribbage hand
http://cribbagecorner.com/zero-scoring-cribbage-hand
<p>Martin writes:</p>
<blockquote><p>I am an avid cribbage player and have enjoyed the game for close to fifty years. I've never had a <a href="//facts/perfect">perfect twenty-nine hand</a> but I've had three twenty-eight hands. I know that the <a href="/odds-of-29-hand">odds of getting the twenty-nine hand</a> are approximately one in a little over three million [ <em>Actually, it's <a href="/odds-of-29-hand">one in about 200,000</a> - Ed</em> ]. Recently something very strange occurred to me. I dealt the first hand of a new game and here is how the scoring went:</p>
<p> The <a href="/cribbage-rules-turnup">cut</a> was not a jack</p>
<p> The <a href="/cribbage-rules-play">laying down phase</a> of the hand yielded the <a href="/does-dealer-always-peg-one-point">mandatory one point</a> on a <a href="/go">"go"</a></p>
<p> My regular hand yielded zero points</p>
<p> My crib hand yielded zero points</p>
<p>I have never heard of anyone else accomplish this feat. As you are aware the dealer of a hand will <a href="/does-dealer-always-peg-one-point">always score at least one point</a> on a "go" or a "last card". So I am wondering - what are the odds of such an event occurring? I'm pretty decent with math problems however I'm not sure I even know exactly what equations are required to calculate the odds of getting a perfect "imperfect" hand. Can you help me figure out the end result?
</p></blockquote>
<p>To work out the odds of a zero-scoring cribbage hand (apart from the mandatory one point for go), we need to calculate how many such hands there are, and then divide that into the number of all possible cribbage hands. It is a tricky problem because we need to make no points in the play, assuming correct play. Anyone care to tackle it?</p>
http://cribbagecorner.com/zero-scoring-cribbage-hand#commentsGeneraloddsquestionsSat, 03 Jul 2010 13:55:15 +0000admin583 at http://cribbagecorner.com"corners" on the cribbage board
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/550
<p>We recently had a board given to us that has all the "bells and whistles", in cluding spots to mark high hand, skunks and corners. What exactly is corners?<br />
I thought it might simply be the first to reach the corner but that seemed just too simple. Does anyone know what this is? I have searched through many different versions of the rules and have found nothing mentioning this.</p>
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/550#commentsGeneralboardscornersquestionsskunkSun, 22 Nov 2009 22:07:30 +0000550 at http://cribbagecorner.comCounting 4-4-4-3-3
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/549
<p>Juli emailed us to ask:</p>
<blockquote><p>
could you help solve an argument.<br />
The hand is 4-4-4-3 with another 3 turned up.<br />
I counted 15-2, 15-4, 6pts for the 4s and 2pts for the pair of threes for a total point count of 12.<br />
Is this correct?
</p></blockquote>
<p>Juli,</p>
<p>Exactly right! The 4-4-4 makes 15 two ways, once with each of the 3s. There's a pair royal of 4s (6 points) and a pair of 3s, no runs, flushes or nobs equals 12 points total.</p>
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/549#commentsCribbage rules15countingflushnobspairquestionsTue, 17 Nov 2009 13:03:50 +0000admin549 at http://cribbagecorner.comUneven number of teams in a tournament
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/548
<p>We are hosting a one day Round Robin type cribbage tournament and don't wish to exclude a team if there is an uneven number of teams. What would be a fair default score for a team for a 2-game round in which they have no opponent? </p>
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/548#commentsGeneralbyequestionsround robintournamentsSun, 15 Nov 2009 18:15:59 +0000548 at http://cribbagecorner.comHighest possible score for Cribbage Squares?
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/518
<p>I was wondering if anyone could help. Been playing <a href="/cribbage-squares">Cribbage Squares</a> for some time now - the solitaire city version on the <a href="/iphone">iphone</a> which firstly has reminded me how much I like cribbage again, but now being the competitive sort I want to see what the perfect hand would be. Obviously 29 for a single row but the highest I have managed for the squares version is (a quite respectable) 117. But the top score on the high scores is 141!! and to break into the top 50 you need 118! Think I need a different strategy and wondered if anyone has any ideas.</p>
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/518#commentsGeneral29 handcribbage squaresiphonequestionssolitaireMon, 28 Sep 2009 16:00:13 +0000Ian B518 at http://cribbagecorner.comScoring a 29 hand
http://cribbagecorner.com/scoring-29-hand
<p>Dennis writes:</p>
<blockquote><p>
Can you break down the count of 29 as it is supposed to be counted? It seems you are not allowing the Jack to be counted with the 4 5's for another 8 points which would give 36 points.<br />
Please help me with my confusion over this.<br />
Kind Regards.<br />
Newbie
</p></blockquote>
<p>Dennis,</p>
<p>The <a HREF="/facts/perfect">29 cribbage hand</a> page does not explain how the score is broken down, so here goes!</p>
<p>We score the 29 hand in the same way as any other: taking 15s first, then pairs, runs, flushes and nobs.</p>
<p>First count 15s. The Jack makes 15 with each of the 5s, that's 4 15s. Also, there are 4 ways of choosing three different 5s to make additional 15s. That's 8 in total, for 16 points.</p>
<p>Then pairs: there are 6 different pairs of 5s, for another 12 points. That's 28 so far.</p>
<p>There are no runs or flushes, so the <a href="/nobs">Jack of nobs</a> gives us a final point for 29.</p>
<p>I hope this helps!</p>
http://cribbagecorner.com/scoring-29-hand#commentsCribbage rules29 handcountingflushjacknobsquestionsrunsWed, 19 Aug 2009 12:20:00 +0000admin517 at http://cribbagecorner.comHow many 24 hands are there?
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/516
<p>Edie Cappy writes:</p>
<blockquote><p>
How many combinations to make a 24 hand?
</p></blockquote>
<p>Can any mathematically inclined readers answer this?</p>
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/516#commentsGeneral24 handquestionsFri, 19 Jun 2009 14:56:50 +0000admin516 at http://cribbagecorner.comThanksgiving family feud
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/515
<p>Jason Massie writes:</p>
<blockquote><p>
Dear Cribbage Corner,</p>
<p>I am hoping someone can settle a Thanksgiving day dilema. We had a hand of 2-2-3-8 and a 2 was cut. How many points is there, 10 or 12?
</p></blockquote>
<p>Jason,</p>
<p>This is not an easy hand to count at first glance, but let's take it step by step. First the 15s. The 8 and 3 make 11, so requiring 4 more to make 15. As there are three 2s, there are three sets of different pairs of 2s to do this with. Therefore three 15s, for six points.</p>
<p>(We know all 15-scoring combinations must include the 3, because there must always be an odd-numbered card - that's a time-saving tip!)</p>
<p>Now count pairs - we already agreed there are three pairs of 2s, for another six points. That's 12 altogether, so I hope your family can now be reunited and enjoy many more games of cribbage!</p>
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/515#commentsCribbage rules15countingpairquestionsFri, 05 Jun 2009 14:06:27 +0000admin515 at http://cribbagecorner.comOut of order runs
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/514
<p>Lucy writes:</p>
<blockquote><p>
If a sequence like: 2-4-5-3-7-6. Can the person that put the 6 count 6 points?
</p></blockquote>
<p>Lucy,</p>
<p>Indeed she can! And if her opponent held an <a href="/aces">Ace</a>, he could play it for another 7 points. Anyone who plays a card which completes a run, whether in order or not, scores a point for every card in that run.</p>
<p>I hope this helps.</p>
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/514#commentsCribbage rulesacequestionsrunsFri, 05 Jun 2009 14:01:37 +0000admin514 at http://cribbagecorner.comCan you go over 31 in the play?
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/513
<p>Christine Hendricks writes:</p>
<blockquote><p>
Hi</p>
<p>I have just read your <a href="/rules">Simple Cribbage rules</a>, I used to play a lot with my family many years ago, I have now joined a Cards group and they welcome new games, so I thought I wold introduce them to Cribbage, there is something not clear in you rules and I can't remember, during 'The count' when players are laying down the cards what happens when, say for example 4 of a kind came up and they were 8 or above - thus taking the total of the count to over 31? also the same for runs that would go above 31 - do you stop or what ?
</p></blockquote>
<p>Christine,</p>
<p>During the playing phase - as distinct from the scoring phase - each player lays down just one card at a time, and you cannot play any card that would take the running count over 31.</p>
<p>So in your example, 4 successive 8s could not be played. After the third 8 (making the count 24), the next player would have to play a 7 or lower, or '<a href="/go">Go</a>' (meaning they have no legal card to play). (Failing to play a card when you legally could is called a <a href="/renege">renege</a> and is usually penalised.)</p>
<p>When nobody can play any more cards without exceeding 31, the count is over, and a new count begins at zero, with the last scoring player laying the first card.</p>
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/513#commentsCribbage rules31countinggoquestionsrunsFri, 05 Jun 2009 13:57:59 +0000admin513 at http://cribbagecorner.comCounting 7-7-7-7-A
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/511
<p>Danine Schlosser writes:</p>
<blockquote><p>
I have 4 sevens and 1 ace showing. What is the count?
</p></blockquote>
<p>Danine,</p>
<p>First count 15s. It is clear that a pair of 7s makes 15 with the Ace - but how many pairs of 7s are there in four 7s?</p>
<p>An easy way to remember this is to start by asking how many pairs there are in 2 cards. Obviously just one pair.</p>
<p>Now if you add another card, that card can pair with each of the previous cards - making 2 more pairs. So there are 3 pairs in 3 cards.</p>
<p>If we add another card again, that card can pair with each of the previous cards, making 3 more pairs. So there are 6 pairs in 4 cards.</p>
<p>That makes 6 15s, for 12 points in all.</p>
<p>Now we count pairs, and as we just worked out there are 6 pairs in your hand - for another 12 points. That's a total of 24!</p>
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/511#commentsCribbage rules15countingpairquestionsMon, 01 Jun 2009 16:30:52 +0000admin511 at http://cribbagecorner.comHow to score 3-3-3-6-6
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/510
<p>On Mon, May 25, 2009 at 7:03 PM, james heap <james.heap2@ntlworld.com> wrote:<br />
> hi<br />
> could you please tell me what points i have in my hand three threes and a<br />
> six in hand six turned up</james.heap2@ntlworld.com></p>
<p>Hi James,</p>
<p>If we count 15s first, then the three 3s make 9 so they can make 15 in<br />
combination with each of the 6s - that's two 15s. In addition the two<br />
sixes make 12, so they can make 15 with each of the 3s - that's<br />
another 3 15s. Here are the scoring combinations:</p>
<pre>
3 3 3 6 = 15
3 3 3 6 = 15
3 6 6 = 15
3 6 6 = 15
3 6 6 = 15
</pre><p>That's 5 15s for 10 points total.</p>
<p>Now count pairs - a pair of 6s scores 2, and a pair royal of 3s scores<br />
6 (you can make 3 possible pairs from 3 of a kind). For pairs 8 points<br />
total.</p>
<p>There are no runs or flushes and you don't have the Jack of nobs, so<br />
the total is 10 + 8 = 18.</p>
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/510#commentsCribbage rules15countingpairquestionsWed, 27 May 2009 12:53:27 +0000admin510 at http://cribbagecorner.comScoring of go
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/509
<p>Carol Duncan writes:</p>
<blockquote><p>
My friend and I have a question regarding the rules of 'go'. For example say we are pegging and my opponent plays his final card to bring the score to 25. He now has no more cards. I have three remaining cards. I play a 4 to bring the score to 29 and then I can't play again (I have two 8s left). Do I get a go?</p>
<p>Then we start at zero again and I play my two eights. Do I then get three (two for the pair and one for go)? Or is this incorrect?</p>
<p>Thank you<br />
Carol
</p></blockquote>
<p>Carol,</p>
<p>You score a point for 'go' when you play a card that means your opponent cannot play without going over 31 (or because he has no cards left). You must then play all the cards you can in succession without going over 31. If you make 31 exactly, you score an extra point. If you fail to play a card when you can, this is a <a href="/renege">renege</a>.</p>
<p>A new count then begins. Whoever plays the last card scores a point for last.</p>
<p>In your example, the play would have run as follows:</p>
<p>You: 4<br />
Opponent: "Go"<br />
You: "Go" (score 1 point)</p>
<p>New count:</p>
<p>You: 8<br />
You: 8 (score 2 points for a pair and 1 point for last card)</p>
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/509#commentsCribbage rulesgolastpairquestionsrenegerulesSun, 24 May 2009 14:25:59 +0000admin509 at http://cribbagecorner.comscoring 15-2
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/508
<p>Although I've been playing Cribbage for quite a while, but recently I met a New player who threw me off balance by "his" rule which differed from what I've always followed. Here's how it went.</p>
<p>He threw down a king, and then I threw down a king, so I scored for a pair. But then he threw down a five, at which point he said he scored two points because his five and my king totalled fifteen. I DISagreed because the Three cards on the table add up to Twenty-five, so my opponent can Not score two points from count of fifteen. But my opponent objected by saying that he's counting just the TOP cards. Who is correct, my opponent or me? </p>
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/508#commentsGeneral15questionsMon, 13 Apr 2009 22:47:40 +0000Orville Smith508 at http://cribbagecorner.comScoring 3-4-5-6
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/507
<p>Dan R Clark writes:</p>
<blockquote><p>
If you have 3,4,5,6 in your hand,is this a 4 count or a 6 count?
</p></blockquote>
<p>The 4-5-6 makes 15, so that's 2 points, and there is a run of 4, so that's 6 points altogether.</p>
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/507#commentsCribbage rules15countingquestionsrunsMon, 23 Feb 2009 11:21:33 +0000admin507 at http://cribbagecorner.com