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<p>How do you handle runs and pairs during play after go is called? For example, play is 10, Q, K, pegs 3 for the run, opponent calls "go". Person calling "go" then leads with a 9. Does this peg 4 for a run, or does the run reset after go?</p>
<p>Similar, play is 10, Q, K (peg 3), opponent calls "go". Player calling "go" then plays a K - is this a peg for 2 or does the play after "go" reset ability to do a pair? </p>
http://cribbagecorner.com/reset-runs-and-pairs-after-go-during-counting#commentsCribbage rulescountinggopairsrunsThu, 09 Aug 2012 11:18:03 +0000boedeker638 at http://cribbagecorner.comCounting 4-4-4-3-3
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<p>Juli emailed us to ask:</p>
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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.comScoring a 29 hand
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<p>Dennis writes:</p>
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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.comThanksgiving family feud
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<p>Jason Massie writes:</p>
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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.comCan you go over 31 in the play?
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<p>Christine Hendricks writes:</p>
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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
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<p>Danine Schlosser writes:</p>
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I have 4 sevens and 1 ace showing. What is the count?
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<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
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<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 3-4-5-6
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<p>Dan R Clark writes:</p>
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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.comHow to score this cribbage hand
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<p>north1mile writes:</p>
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My playing partner's hand consisted of a 10 & three 4s. The cut card was a 3. I thought this should be scored as a hand of eight points. He (and others) thought this should be scored as a hand of twelve points. So, just wondering, what is correct?
</p></blockquote>
<p>Look for the 15s first; the 10 can't make 15 with any combination of the other cards, and you need all of the others (4-4-4-3) to make one 15. So that's 2 points.</p>
<p>Now count pairs; three 4s gives you three pairs, for 6 points.</p>
<p>Runs and flushes there are none, and no points for nobs, so that makes 8 in all. You should ask your partner to explain where the remaining 4 points come from if he would like to claim them!</p>
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/485#commentsCribbage rules15countingpairquestionsFri, 28 Nov 2008 10:30:49 +0000admin485 at http://cribbagecorner.comWhen to count a 29 hand?
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<p>Joan emailed with this question:</p>
<blockquote><p><em>Would like to know the rules on if you have a 29 hand does it count as long you peg. But the other person goes out before you count it.also goes the same for any 24 or 28 hand.</em></p></blockquote>
<p>If the other player goes out before you count your hand, then unfortunately, they win. In tournaments where there is a special prize for a 29 hand, I'm not sure whether you would still get the award even if you did not get to count your hand. If it were up to me I'd say yes!</p>
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/483#commentsCribbage rules29 handcountingquestionsTue, 14 Oct 2008 15:51:37 +0000admin483 at http://cribbagecorner.comCounting 3-3-3-3-9
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<p>Ray emailed our emergency scoring help department with this question:</p>
<blockquote><p><em>we had a discussion on counting one hand with one 9 and four 3. one said total is 24 and another said 20 which is it please.</em></p></blockquote>
<p>Regular readers will know the standard Cribbage Corner method for counting this and other tricky hands:</p>
<ol>
<li><strong>First count 15s</strong>. The only way to make 15 with this hand is with the 9 and a pair of 3s. As we've outlined in other forum posts, there are 6 ways to pick a pair from 4 cards. So there are 6 ways to make 15, scoring 12 points in all.
</li><li><strong>Then count pairs</strong> - again, there are 6 different pairs of 3s, scoring another 12 points.
</li><li><strong>Then count runs, flushes and <a href="/nobs">nobs</a></strong> - there are none, so the total is <strong>24</strong>.
</li></ol>
<p>I hope this helps settle an argument!</p>
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/78#commentsCribbage rules15countingpairquestionsMon, 18 Aug 2008 13:34:16 +000078 at http://cribbagecorner.comDouble and triple runs
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<p>Danielle emailed with the following question:</p>
<blockquote><p><em>If I have 8,8,9,10 in my hand; and an 8 shows on board (on deck), what are the total points for my hand when scoring? Have you ever heard of the term "double run"? if so, can you explain it to me?</em></p></blockquote>
<p>This is something often asked, so Cribbage Corner's resident rules expert Ezra replies:</p>
<blockquote><p>Danielle,</p>
<p>As you know, you can score for a run of 3 more cards in sequence in your hand. But if you can make such a run in different ways, you score multiple times for each way you can make the run.</p>
<p>Taking your example, you have a run of 3 cards 8-9-10 which scores 3 points (one for each card in the sequence). But there are three different ways to make this run (using each of the 8s with the 9-10). So you get to score the run 3 times! That's 9 points, plus the 6 points for the pair royal of 8s, making 15 in all.</p>
<p>To recap, a single run is any sequence of 3 or more cards (Ace is low, so Q-K-A is not a run, but A-2-3 is). A double run is any such run where one of the cards is part of a pair: for example, 4-5-5-6, and it scores double. A triple run is one where you have three-of-a-kind of one of the cards, for example 7-8-8-8-9. It scores triple!
</p></blockquote>
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/77#commentsCribbage rulescountingpairquestionsrunsSun, 10 Aug 2008 17:08:00 +000077 at http://cribbagecorner.comHow to score two 8's, two 6's and an Ace?
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<p>My wife and I were playing cribbage at the cabin. A friendly debate erupted when I tried to score the following hand: two 8's and two 6's, and the cut card was an Ace.</p>
<p>How do you score this hand?</p>
<p>Thanks!</p>
http://cribbagecorner.com/node/55#commentsCribbage rulesacecountingpairquestionsSat, 14 Jun 2008 15:15:34 +000055 at http://cribbagecorner.comCribbage etiquette
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<p>Etiquette is important in card games, cribbage more than most. It is regarded as a gentleman's game (naturally, for card-playing purposes, ladies can be gentlemen too). Like most worthwhile things in life, it is surrounded by complicated and often incomprehensible ritual. However, in an important sense the ritual <em>is</em> the game and so you dispense with it at your peril.</p>
<h2>
Before the game<br />
</h2>
<p>Determine whether or not <a href="/cribbage-rules-muggins">Muggins</a> will be played. If you want to play Muggins but your opponent does not, be gracious and honour his wishes. After all, he is doing you a favour by giving up his time to play cards with you. You should also give your opponent his choice of game - <a href="/variants#five">five-card cribbage</a>, <a href="/cribbage-rules">six-card cribbage</a>, short game, long game, best of three, best of five, and so forth. The wily pegger never passes up a chance to hone his skills and broaden his experience by playing something different from his usual game.</p>
<p>Some players allow a four-card <a href="/flush">flush</a> in the crib; though this is not standard, it is a not unreasonable variation and makes for slightly higher scores. However you should determine in advance whether this will be allowed.</p>
<p>Various additions to the standard <a href="/cribbage-rules">rules of cribbage</a> are sometimes played, especially in <a href="/tournaments">tournaments</a>: for example, that one cannot peg out on a <a href="/cribbage-rules-go">go</a>, or other restrictions on scoring. Unless such rules are specifically mentioned you should assume that you are playing standard cribbage. Once the game has started it is too late to change the rules.</p>
<h2>
The cut<br />
</h2>
<p>Most official rules of cribbage stipulate a mandatory cut by pone before the deal. It is indeed common practice to make this cut; however, because it is specifically designed to prevent the dealer cheating, some feel it an unnecessary slur on their character. In games like poker, of course, often played with strangers and for high stakes, such measures are essential. Cribbage is a legacy of a more gentlemanly age (notwithstanding the rumours about Sir John Suckling). A gentleman does not imply that another gentleman might not be a gentleman. </p>
<p>Similarly, the rules allow for pone to take the deck and shuffle it himself before the deal. While perfectly legal, this would be an unusual thing to do and implies that the dealer is suspect.</p>
<p>Our own preference is to skip the cut, if only because it saves a little time. However, if pone requests the cut, of course you must grant it.</p>
<h2>
Pegging<br />
</h2>
<p>During the <a href="/cribbage-rules-play">pegging</a>, when you play a card, announce the count clearly and follow it by any score you may have made. For example:</p>
<p><strong>Pone:</strong> Four.<br />
<strong>Dealer:</strong> Ten.<br />
<strong>Pone:</strong> Fifteen five. [pegs]<br />
<strong>Dealer:</strong> Twenty for two. [pegs]<br />
<strong>Pone:</strong> Twenty-five for six. [pegs]<br />
<strong>Dealer:</strong> Go.<br />
<strong>Pone:</strong> One for the go. [pegs]</p>
<p><strong>Dealer:</strong> Seven. And one for last. [pegs]</p>
<p>You should not peg for your opponent unless you have agreed that one of you will peg for both. Conversely, remember to peg your own points!</p>
<h2>
Scoring<br />
</h2>
<p>Lay your cards face up in front of you so that everyone can see and check your <a href="/cribbage-rules-scoring">scoring</a>. Announce the combinations in a set order - usually: fifteens, pairs, runs, <a href="/flush">flushes</a> and <a href="/nobs">nobs</a>. As you announce each combination point out the cards involved. For example:</p>
<p>"Fifteen-two, fifteen-four; a pair is six; and nobs is seven."</p>
<p>Familiar fifteen/pair combinations such as Q-Q-5-5 (12 points) should nonetheless be announced individually: "fifteen-two, fifteen-four, fifteen-six, fifteen-eight, and two pairs is 12". Simply announcing 'I have 12' saves only a few seconds, and tells nothing about how the combinations are formed - possibly confusing your fellow players. You may miss points yourself if you try to count by recognising whole sets of combinations at once. At the worst say 'Fifteen-eight and two pairs is 12'. No-one will rebuke you for counting carefully and methodically, as long as you do not <em>waste</em> time. Similarly, combinations such as a double run of 3 (8 points) should be announced as 'two runs of three is six, and a pair is eight'. </p>
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Speed<br />
</h2>
<p>Cribbage should be played <em>allegro, ma non troppo</em>. In other words, don't dawdle, but don't rush it either. Presumably you are playing the game for the enjoyment of it, in which case it should be treated as something to be savoured rather than rushed through at maximum speed.</p>
<p>This is not to say that one should play slowly. Save as much time as you can on things which don't require any thought - riffling, shuffling, dealing and cutting should all be done quickly and without fuss. The temptation is always to talk while one is shuffling, to analyse the previous hand, and so on. Avoid this. Shuffle smoothly and silently, then deal. Talk about the game after the game.</p>
<p>The time you save here can profitably be re-invested in thinking about your <a href="/discard">discards</a> and <a href="/cribbage-rules-play">plays</a>. Take as much time as you need, but no longer than that. Pretending to ponder over ones discard, perhaps hoping to imply that you have an excellent hand, is not only against etiquette but boots nothing - unless your opponent is so intimidated that he resigns on the spot!</p>
<p>Strive to avoid the temptation, if you are losing badly, to slow right down, distract your opponent with chatter, and generally delay the inevitable. Apart from being bad sportsmanship, it delays the moment when you can start a new, and perhaps more successful game. On a strategic note, it is never worth giving up on a game. If you are losing, you should be fighting hard for every point, and striving to avoid a skunk. If you have no chance of avoiding the <a href="/skunk">skunk</a>, strive to avoid the double skunk! There is always work to be done. At the worst, you can use the freedom of this situation to try out new ideas and experimental plays which you would not risk in a game-leading position.</p>
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After the game<br />
</h2>
<p>If you won, don't crow about it. If you lost, don't gripe about it. Either way, thank your opponent for the game. Compliment her on her play if you thought it was good; keep quiet if it wasn't. Insincere compliments are worth no more in cribbage than any other field. </p>
<p>Refrain from long post-mortems. Do not point out your opponent's mistakes or faults unless she specifically asks you for a critique. </p>
<h2>How to cheat at cribbage</h2>
<p>Cheating in a friendly card game is pointless, and dangerous in any other kind, so we don't recommend it. But it is possible to cheat in cribbage, and it would be wise to know how to spot if someone is trying to cheat you.</p>
<p>One way to cheat at cribbage is to miscount your hand, particularly when counting quickly, and to announce scores that you haven't in fact made. Always check-count your opponent's hand, and don't let them rush you if it is a tricky score to calculate. It is quite possible to make innocent mistakes when counting, but if your opponent repeatedly overcounts her hand, beware.</p>
<p>Over-pegging your score is another form of cribbage cheating. In a fast-paced game it is easy to peg more points than you made. Double-check your opponent's pegging.</p>
<p>It is illegal in cribbage to <a href="/renege">renege</a>; that is, to fail to play a card when the rules say you can. It happens often that your opponent lays down his last card leaving you with several small cards in hand. You must play them all if you can. If your opponent says 'Go', and following the restart of the count lays down a card that he could have played before the Go, this is a renege and against the rules of cribbage. Usually reneging is simply a mistake, but if this happens more than once in a game your opponent may be trying to cheat you. (The penalty in tournament play for reneging is detailed on the <a href="/renege">renege</a> page.)</p>
<h2>Penalties in cribbage</h2>
<p>In games where anything other than fun is at stake, penalty points usually apply to offences such as glancing at the bottom card, looking into the crib, or moving your opponent's pegs. See our <a href="/penalties">cribbage penalties</a> page for full details of the penalty points that apply in formal play.</p>
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