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## The count

Following the deal, the discard and the turn-up, the hand proper begins.

In the playing phase of Cribbage, the players take it in turns to lay down a card, trying to make the running total equal to certain values. The non-dealer plays first and states the value of her card (for example, “ten” for a Jack). Court cards count ten (together with the face 10 they are known as the ‘ten-cards’, or ‘tenth cards’). Ace counts one.

## 15 and 31

The dealer then plays a card, the value of which is added to the current running total. The player who makes the total exactly 15 scores two points (“fifteen-two”). Two points are also awarded for making 31. Additionally, you score a point if your opponent cannot play without going over 31 (“one for the go”, or just “one for go”). You must play if you can (reneging is against the rules).

## Pairs

If your card is the same rank as the last card played, you score two for a pair. If your opponent plays a third card of the same rank, he scores 6 for a “pair royal” (three of a kind). Four of a kind scores 12 (“double pair royal”).

## Runs

If the last 3 cards played form a sequence, the player making the sequence scores 3 for a “run”. For example, 3-4-5 makes a run of 3 and so scores 3 for the player laying down the 5. If the opponent then plays a 6 (or a 2) to extend the sequence to 4 cards, she scores 4, and so on as long as the sequence is unbroken.

Sequence do not have to be in order. For example, if the play goes 7-9-6, you can then play an 8 to score 4 for a run of 4.

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(Previous section: Cribbage rules – the turn-up)

## The count

Following the deal, the discard and the turn-up, the hand proper begins.

In the playing phase of Cribbage, the players take it in turns to lay down a card, trying to make the running total equal to certain values. The non-dealer plays first and states the value of her card (for example, “ten” for a Jack). Court cards count ten (together with the face 10 they are known as the ‘ten-cards’, or ‘tenth cards’). Ace counts one.

## 15 and 31

The dealer then plays a card, the value of which is added to the current running total. The player who makes the total exactly 15 scores two points (“fifteen-two”). Two points are also awarded for making 31. Additionally, you score a point if your opponent cannot play without going over 31 (“one for the go”, or just “one for go”). You must play if you can (reneging is against the rules).

## Pairs

If your card is the same rank as the last card played, you score two for a pair. If your opponent plays a third card of the same rank, he scores 6 for a “pair royal” (three of a kind). Four of a kind scores 12 (“double pair royal”).

## Runs

If the last 3 cards played form a sequence, the player making the sequence scores 3 for a “run”. For example, 3-4-5 makes a run of 3 and so scores 3 for the player laying down the 5. If the opponent then plays a 6 (or a 2) to extend the sequence to 4 cards, she scores 4, and so on as long as the sequence is unbroken.

Sequence do not have to be in order. For example, if the play goes 7-9-6, you can then play an 8 to score 4 for a run of 4.

peggingopponent started with a 3, i threw a 4, they a 5 for 3 points, i a 6 for 4 point, they a ace for =15 for 7 points, i a 6 for 6 points and then they a 3 for 4 points. This isn’t right is it. The 3 breaks the run , right?

The play went 3, 4, 5, 6.. soThe play went 3, 4, 5, 6.. so there was a score of 3 and a score of 4 for runs.. a total of 18 played. Then an ace is played.. so the total is 19. No points are scored there. Then a 6 is played, total is 25 and still no other scores.. (3 4 5 6 A 6 has no more running cards past the first 6).

Rules rulesWhy would the ace get 7 points, it’s only worth two points for the count being 15, the ace does not have anything to do with the run

scoring sequence in playHow do you score the following sequence made in play? A 7 was played first followed by a 9 and then a 8 to make a sequence of three for 3 points. Here is the questions: My playing partner then played a 7. Is this another sequence of three for 3 points and 2 points for 31?

re: scoring sequenceYes, your parntner gets 3 points for the run of 7, 8, 9, the last 3 cards played where the sequence was not broken. And the 2 points for 31. If 8 or 9 were played first your partner would be out of luck because the first 7 played would have interrupted the second sequence.

HelpfulThanks this is extremaly helpful, my dad and i have been arguing for hours over this ðŸ˜›

Runs during pegging.Playing 2 hand crib, the sequence went 6 6 5 5 4. I played that last 4 and went first with the 6. Are there no double triple run scoring during the pegging. Or whatever this part of the game is called?

IncorrectThis topic is covered extensively below. There are two distinct scoring phases in cribbage. The play and the show. There are NO double and triple runs in the play, only in the show. I do not know what you mean you played the last 4 and first with the 6. You would have to show me the entire sequence, but regardless, you can only score pairs, runs and 15’s in the play. There are no flushes and there are no double or triple anything. Hope that helps. http://www.cribbage.org for more info.

I’m afraid only two pointsI’m afraid only two points are scored for each pair. Runs must be continuous and unbroken.

5, 6, 7, 7… = 1 pair. Or = 1 pair and 2 x run of 3?This is for 3 player cribbage.

The play sequence

5, 6, 7, 7

The first 7 is worth 1 run of 3. What is the second 7 worth?

The two ways to look at it are

A) Just a pair

or

B) A pair and also 2 runs of three?

Well, I don’t play muchWell, I don’t play much 3-hand Crib, but in 2-hand Crib, there are no double runs during pegging. So, it would be just the pair.

Just a pair. There are noJust a pair. There are no double, double-double or triple runs in play.

run sequence during playI came upon a run that I had never encountered before. During play it went:4,7,5,3,6. This is counted as 5 points right? It doesn’t matter what order it is in or does it? Also, the person that I was playing with today got a perfect hand! I had never seen that before! Anyway, thanks!

RunsRuns do not have to be insequential order, so you were correct. That run scores 5 points, and if a 2 was played as the 6th card, it would have scored 6 points!

run sequence during playso the play went like this: 4,7,5,3,6. This 5 points? Does the run have to be in order? Wasn’t sure. Thanks.

Scoring Runs while peggingWe had an unusual situation the other day. I started with 2 my wife played 3 I played 4 for a total of 3 points. My wife then played another 4. I know she gets the pair for the 4s but is that also then considered a double run. The play then continued with a five each then she played another 5 and I had a six. Through all that we still didnt score 31 but how do you score all of the double and triple runs. Very confusing.

PeggingThere are no double or triple runs in pegging, only runs. In your example, the second four ‘broke’ the run and would be scored only as a pair. Two additional cards, such as your 5 and her 6 could then be used to make another 3-card run, but the initial run was broken by the second four.

Runs in cribbagePlayed 4

Played 6

Played 5

Played 7

Played 3

The person playing the 3 has covered the 4. Can this sequence be scored as 5 points for the last player in a four-handed game.

RunsYes! Absolutely! Here is your sequence 4, 6, 5 (15 for 2 and the run of 3 for 5!), 7 for a run of 4, and 3 for a run of 5. Since we are only up to 26 on the count even a 2 and an Ace could be played at this point for a run of 6 and even 7. (they haven’t covered the run because there are still outside cards–the 3 and 8 that will continue the run)

Happy Pegging!

Run During PlayQuick Question as this came up last night in 3-handed, play went as follows:

(1) – 10 (10)

(2) – 5 (15 for 2)

(3) – 3 (18)

(1) – 4 (22 for 3)

(2) – 6 (28 for 4)

(3) – 3 (31 for ?)

I was player 2 in this case, and I believe the last card played, 3 (31) to be for only 2 points as the 5 has been covered. The player contested to say that he was continuing (replacing the 3) the run by playing the 3 and that it should be 31 for 7 (5 and 2 for 31). Who is correct?

Only 31You were correct. The last card played is worth only 31. You cannot take the run past a card of the same rank.

The last three, four or fiveThe last three, four or five cards played are not a sequence, so there is NO run. Only a 2 could have been played by player 3 for a run of five. Player 1 could have subsequently played an Ace for 8 holes.

There were some runsThe play of the 4, and the 6 both constitute runs and should be scored 3 points and then 4 points. It was the second 3 card played that broke the run.

RunsJust to make it clear….again….runs DO NOT need to be in any sequence, they just need to be an unbroken run when they are played. A 7 followed by a 9, followed by an 8 is a 3 point run. It doesn’t matter in which order they were played, just that they were played and no cards were played between them. http://www.cribbage.org go to rules and then runs.

You are correct!The last card played (the 3) is no longer in a run, because it was played after the 5. If it had been played before the 5, then you would still have a run. The peg to 31 is only worth 2 points.

the play went like thisthe play went like this 4,3,5,6,1 and then a 2. Does the 2 make this a count of 6 for a run?

RunsYes, as stated before on several posts, that run scores 6 points…add a 7 and it scores 7.

PeggingIf you get 31 on the last play of pegging, do you still get a point for last card (therefore 3 points total, 2 for the “31” and 1 for last card)? Or do you not get the “last card” point for last card because you got 31?

Pegging to 31You only get two points for getting to 31 no matter when it happens. Getting to 31 exactly is considered a point for a ‘go’ (because no one can play) and a bonus point. Since you are already getting the point for the ‘go’, you do not get another point for last card, because last card is technically a ‘go’ (because no one can play) and that is included in the 31. Hope that helps!

cribageCan u count runs going clockwise and counter clockwise in the same hand

RunsTammy,

I’m not really sure what the question is. Can you give an example?

PeggingOk, I laid a 7, he laid an 8, I laid another 7 then he laid a 6 and took 3 points for a run. I am under the impression that is incorrect because my second 7 broke the run. Please help!

Your second 7 recreated theYour second 7 recreated the opportunity for the run. If the cards were played in the succession you said, 7, 8, 7, 6; the 6 results in a run of 3 (8,7,6); resulting in 3 points.

RunsYour opponent was correct the way you described it. The 7 then 8 then 7 then 6, the last three cards were 8,7,6 which qualifies for a run. Hope that helps.

Pluggin during playThe scenerio:

Player A: 7

Player B: 8 (plugs 2 for 15)

Player C: 9 (plugs 3 for the run)

Player D: passes (as only has face cards which goes over 31)

Player A: 6 (Does A plug 1 point for the go or 5 [4 for the run plus 1 for the go]?)

My brother and I have google searched many times for over a month now trying to find how to score this situation. We’ve seen it played both ways.

We’ve read online that since Player D passes it interrupts the run thus Player A only gets 1 for the “go”.

We’ve also read online that they would be able to count the run when they plug.

What is the absolute rule on it? How would it be ruled during an official tournament?

Take 5A player passing doesn’t interrupt a run or prevent a pairing. So take 4 for the run and 1 for the go.

Take 5A player passing doesn’t interrupt a run or prevent a pairing. So take 4 for the run and 1 for the go.

Crib rulesIf one run is scored, say with a 2,3,4, can a further 2 score another 3 points ie forwards and backward runs?

If I’m the dealer and I’m holding 4 same suit cards and the nobs card is of the same suit, is my count 5 or 9 based on no other counting sequences .

further 2 is 3 moreThat’s if you’re pegging, of course. Take 5 for the five card flush.

if I put a card down and myif I put a card down and my opponent says go can I form a run on my side of the table like say she has a 5 on her side and I can put down a 4 and three cuz she said go after putting down that 5. Does the run still count for me ?

Example:

Her: 5 (she ran outta cards after putting this)

Me; I put a 4 down then a 3

Does this count as a run for me or does it have to go back and forth only like she lay a 5 me lay a 4 she lay a 3 me a 2 like that? Or does this situation work that I showed where I would get 3 points ?

Run for youA player saying go (passing) just leaves the scoring open to you. You could then play a two for a new run of 4, etc. up to 31.

Not in orderRuns do NOT have to in order to count.

Played 4 7 5 6 3 2 we havePlayed 4 7 5 6 3 2 we have that part figured out ok but then I play a 4 do I get another three points for 2 3 4 and the 31 or just the 31

Cribbage runsAs the number 4 is used already in a previous run I believe you can not us it again. So I would score only 2 points for the 31. I do not play both forward and backward runs. ie- 1,2,3 then another 1 does not give another run.

IncorrectEven if you do not play that way, that is allowed and in the rules of cribbage. A, 2, 3, A. The second ace is another distinct run of 3 points.

Actually score 8You would actually have another run of 6 + the 31 for a total of eight points.

My opponent had one 5 in hisMy opponent had one 5 in his hand, I had 2, they were the last 3 cards between us pegging. I lay down 1st, he pairs for 2. When I lay down the last 5, it ended on 15. Do I get a point for last card for a total of 9 or does ending on a 15, count the same as a 31 where last card doesn’t get an extra point?

Last CardPlaying the last card always gets you at least one point because your opponent cannot play anymore. That means a Go. A Go means one point unless you hit 31 exactly where you essentially get a Go plus a bonus point.

Yes, you score 9 points.Yes, you score 9 points. Hitting 31 scores you 2 points and last card of game always scores a point. So last card played on 31 would be 3 points.

IncorrectThe last card landing finally on a 31 is NOT worth 3 points, it is only worth 2. Landing on 31 exactly no matter when you play is only worth 2 points. The Go (last card) is included in the 2 points. You don’t get an extra Go just because it is the last card. The last card is a Go.

You get 9 total@jon…

Since the play always ends at either 31 or as close as you can get to it…if played that way….5,5,5…you get 6 for the triplets, 2 for the 15 and 1 for the go for 9 total.

Good question!

Odd PlayP1- 6

P2 – 6

P1 – 3

P2 – 4

P1 – 2

P2 – A

P1 – 4

P2 – 5

Player 2 gets 2 points for pair

Player 1 gets 3 points laying the 2 for a run

Player 2 gets 4 points laying the A for a run of 4

Then the arguement: does?

Player 1 get 4 points for the 4 for a run?

And then subsequently player 2 get 6 for the run of 6 that’s buried in there?

ScoringHere is the scoring in this sequence.

P1-6=0

P2-6=2 for pair

P1-3=2 for 15

P2-4=0

P1-2=3 for run

P2-A=4 for run

P1-4=0

P2-5=2 for 31

Hope that helps

same suit in a run during the playhello, during the play we had a 3 point run all in the same suit. Might that score some more points?

ben

FlushesFlushes are only scored while you count hands, not while pegging. Rules can be found at http://www.cribbage.org

Runs backwards and forwardsYou will have to bear with me on this one. And quite possibly get a pack of cards out.

A plays 7

B plays 4

C plays 6

D plays 5

We all agree that is 4 for a run

Player A then knocks

Because his 7 has not been covered up

Player B plays 6

The play then was counted for a run of 3

B6

A7 (Not covered from being played first card)

C6

This was counted for a run is this correct.

Cribbage – why does a player get to go twiceI am using the new MS Cribbage game, and trying to figure out what is going on… sometimes, without apparent reasons, one of the player gets to keep playing even though the other is able to play without going over the 31 point… none of the instructions seem to explain this — is it just a quirk of MS? or is there actual rules to explain all conditions that a player gets to go twice or more in a row?

score this pleaseten.. 5.. 5.. 5.. 5..

fifteen for two

twenty: pair for two

twenty-five: three pair for six

thirty: four pair for twelve (plus potential GO)

nothing additional for inner combos of fifteen; right?

Inner fifteens?How are there ‘inner fifteens’ when the count is at 20, 25 and 30? You are trying to count your hand and peg at the same time. Those are two VERY distinct and separate operations. Do not confuse to two and do not do them together. After you are done pegging then count your hand.

Counting a 5 card pegging run in cribbageI played a 3, They played a 3 for 2pts, I played a 6, They played an Ace, I played a 5, they played a 2 and I played a 4, they played an Ace. Is there a 6 card run ….. from the second 3 to the 4?

33 = 2 points

6

1

5

2

4 = 6

3

3 = 2 points

6

1

5

2

4 = 6 points

1 = 1 for last card

Assuming the round ended on the ace

Do runs and pair possibilities restart at go?I can’t find any rules for my question.

Let’s say the last card played was an 8, the dealer says go and the counts begins from 0.

If the Dealer now lays down an 8 – does it count as a pair?

Or after one player layed down a 3 and an ace and scores 2 for 31 and the second player now lays down a two. Does he score 3 (run) for 2?

Or does all this combinations need to happen within the way to 31?

All combinationsAll runs, pairs etc. are ‘reset’ when someone plays the final Go card for the pegging. This can be exactly 31, or the final Go. You don’t get to take a Go and then just because an 8 was last played on the way to 31, you get to take a pair. Besides, if you took the Go, it was dealer’s turn to lead….unless they were out of cards…even though…NO you don’t get to take the pair. Once someone takes a 31 or a Go score, you start completely over. Rules are found at cribbage.org

Thank you!Great, thank you! It has been a few months since I asked this, but we are playing like this since then. It’s a great game, we love it. I know cribbage.org but I couldn’t find a rule regarding my problem back then.

Keep PeggingJoin a club or come to a tournament. That’s where you will really learn how to play. Don’t be shy. They will not bite and they will help you along the way. We want new players.

4 of a kind in playDuring play, I played one 6. My opponent then played second 6 for 2. I then played a third 6 for 6. My opponent passed and I then played a fourth 6. Do I get another 12 points [ total 18]? If not, how do you score…

Thanks,

Lynn

QuadsYes you get to score first 6 and then peg another 12 for the quads, but don’t forget to peg either a Go or 31 for two. Since they said Go, you are entitled to at least one additional point and possibly two.