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Lowball cribbage

Lowball cribbage is a variant of cribbage. Everything you know is wrong! In Lowball cribbage the aim is to score as low as possible, and the first to 121 is the loser. The winner scores a skunk if he has not yet reached 91 when his opponent pegs out. The play is turned on its head and zero-point hands suddenly become desirable. Playing Lowball will keep your skills and concentration sharp; it is easy to forget that one is trying not to peg points. The play requires you to rewrite your strategy - now you are trying to force your opponent into making scores, and avoid them yourself.

Lowball cribbage links

If you want to know more about lowball cribbage, visit the Lowball Cribbage web site.

Variations on cribbage rules

Cribbage rules have remained largely unchanged since the game first originated in the 17th century, but there are many variations on the standard rules of cribbage and many different forms and variants of the game. Captain's Cribbage is perhaps the best known, and most widely played.

Cribbage rules

Standard cribbage rules

Variations on cribbage scoring

Cribbage scoring can count against you instead of for you, as in Lowball cribbage.

Number of players

The number of players can include one, for solitaire cribbage, two, as in the normal cribbage rules; three, in three-player cribbage and Captain's cribbage, or four, in four-player cribbage.

Number of cards

The number of cards in a cribbage hand can vary from five, in five-Card cribbage, to seven, in seven-card cribbage.

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