(Previous section: Cribbage rules – the go)

Having played out all the cards, both players then score their hands, pone first – this time including the turn-up card as part of both hands. The dealer’s crib also includes the turn-up. Again, points are scored for 15s, runs, and pairs; you can also score for a flush (all cards of the same suit) – see the cribbage scoring chart below for a handy reference. It is a key part of the rules of cribbage that the non-dealer should score first – at the end of the game, both players may have enough points to win, and the right to score first will determine victory. The cribbage board’s positions usually alternate during the game, with first one player leading, then the other. The trick is to be in the first-scoring position when you are close enough to win!

### Cribbage flush

If the four cards in your hand are of the same suit, you score four for a flush (a cribbage flush, unlike in poker, doesn’t beat three of a kind!). If the starter card is also of the same suit, you score five. However, in the crib you cannot score a four-card flush; all five must be the same suit. These rules occasionally have local variations, so check to make sure which rules are being used. In an official tournament, the American Cribbage Congress rules apply.

Some cribbage rules sites explicitly state that flushes are not scored in cribbage. This is incorrect, at least according to the American Cribbage Congress rules, which are the nearest thing to an official set of rules for cribbage.

## Cribbage pairs

2 points are scored for a pair in cribbage, and 6 for a *pair royal* – that is, three cards of the same rank. This can be considered as 3 different pairs worth 2 points each. Similarly, *double pair royal* (four of a kind) scores 12 as there are 6 ways of picking two cards from four. You begin to see why mathematicians love this game.

Combinations of cards making 15 score two points each – for example, 8 and 7. As many ways as you can make 15 with your cards, you score 2 points for each of them. For example, 8-7-7-A can make 15 three ways: the 8 and one 7, the 8 and the other 7, and the 7-7-A. Consequently it scores 6 points (for 15s, and a further 2 for the pair of 7s).

## Cribbage runs

Runs score as many points as there are cards in them. For example, a four-card run 9-T-J-Q scores 4.

### Cribbage nobs

You also score 1 point if you have the Jack of the same suit as the starter card (known as ‘his nob’ or just ‘nobs’).

## Cribbage scoring chart

You can print out this cribbage scoring chart and keep it handy when you’re playing!

Score | Value | Comment |
---|---|---|

15 | 2 | – |

Pair | 2 | – |

Pair royal | 6 | Three of a kind |

Double pair royal | 12 | Four of a kind |

Run | 1 per card | Runs need not be in numerical order (eg 3-5-6-4) but they must be consecutive (3-4-4-5 does not score). |

Go | 1 | The go is scored by the last player to lay a card. |

31 | 2 | The 2 points for 31 includes a go (by definition no-one can go when the total is 31). So no extra point is scored for the go. |

Nobs | 1 | “One for his nob” is scored if you hold the Jack of the turn-up suit. |

scoring runs on a ‘go’My husband and I play cribbage twice every day. Today we ran into a scoring dilema that we just can’t figure out. The count was at 22 and the last two cards played were 5 and 6. My husband said “GO” I held a 2, 3 and 4 in my hand. I layed down the 4 which gave me a 3 point run. Now it gets tricky. I then played the 3 which I thought gave me a 4 point run, then I played the 2 for a 5 point run, then 1 point for the ‘Go’. For a total pegging score of 13 points. Our question is should I have just layed down all three of my cards and taken only the 5 point run and the ‘Go’? Or was I correct to play one card at a time and score they way I did? Just so you know, I would have won the game anyway as I had first count and the points in my hand would have taken me to the finish. However, we disagree on my scoring. My argument is that I can only play one card at a time. My husband believes I should have layed all three cards at once!!! Thanks for your help.

Re: scoring runs on a ‘go’You score (and peg) for each card you play. So in your example you would have played the 4 and pegged 3 points for a 3-card run and one point for the go. Then you play the 3 and peg 4 points, and finally the 2 for a further 5 points. Nice play!

Re: scoring runs on a ‘go’In this example, wouldn’t the total pegging points be 14 since 31 was reached?

The score wase 22. The last cards played were a 5 & 6 and that was a Go. The opponent played a 4 for 3 points, played a 3 for 4 points, then played a 2 for 5 points and reached 31 for 2 points (includes the 1 point for the Go).

if you get 31 you dont get aif you get 31 you dont get a point for the go still just 2 for 31

31Reaching 31 exactly always gives you two points and only two points. (technically, one for reaching 31 and one for the Go, but it is still only two points.)

correct two for 31 no gocorrect two for 31 no go point

My husband and I were playing, he played a 6, I played an 2, he played 4, I played an Ace, he played a 5 and I played a 3. So do I get a run for 6? He says no.

You get the run for six! The run does not need to be played in order, it simply cannot be broken by a card out of sequence. Excellent play!

Not Possible.I believe the scenario outlined by the original poster is not possible. How could a 5 & 6 be the last cards played for a total of 22, she be left with 3 cards (2, 3, & 4) and her hubby be out of cards or unable to play?

She states the last 2 cards played were the 5 & 6 and then he said GO. Since she has 3 cards left this means she played 1 card and her hubby could only play 2 cards maximum either the 5 or 6.

How could the single card played prior to the 5 & 6 equal 11 points?

Let’s say the total was really 21, since this is the largest feasable value for 3 cards with a 5 & 6. Why would her hubby say GO before she played one of her 3 cards?

Let’s say she didn’t remember the exact sequence of cards and she played the 4 and then he said GO. Now that sceI believe the scenario.

That Tricky AceYou do remember that an ace can be one OR eleven, right? 😛

Ace Equals One … and Only OneAn Ace in Cribbage is only worth one. Never eleven. Which is why it cannot be combined to form a run (after) the King. Hope that helps.

It actually CAN be eleven butIt actually CAN be eleven but only in this case. You can make it eleven on the initial count off, but no other time after that.

Huh?Not sure what you are talking about. Ace in cribbage is only worth 1, never 11. This is not blackjack.

RE: Not possibleWell that’s an easy one.. Her hubby probably had a 10 value card in his hand left and since the score was 22, he couldn’t play…. Let’s say he plays a 2, she plays a 10, he plays another 10 value card, to make it 22, and then he can no longer play for that hand because all he has are 10 value cards left…. Simple…

She said the 5 and 6 were theShe said the 5 and 6 were the last cards played

One card per playI don’t know if this is the actual rules, as I can’t find it anywhere online, but my grandmother and I always play where you can’t play more than one card in a turn, but you can still play on the pile, even if your opponent cannot (she gets mad at me when I try to play a pair to make 3 of a kind 😛 lmao). By those accounts, I’d say you deserved your 14 points (2 points for 31+GO) and your hubby should suck it up 😛 lol

Grandmothers…sighGrandmothers are great teachers but I have met many that sort of ‘make’ up the rules as they go along. I am not certain what “pile” you are referring to (this is cribbage, not rummy) but if a player says “Go” because they cannot play a card that will get them to/closer to 31, then the other player is REQUIRED to play all cards they have that will get them to/closer to 31. And they score any points on their way.

For instance. I hold 10, A, A, A

The player leads a King and I play the 10. [20] They play an 8 {28] and I play an Ace [29] . They say “Go”. I now play a second ace for 2 pts [30] and my last Ace for 31 for 8 more pts. (the 3-of-a-kind and 31).

scoring runs on the go:You are correct and actually played really well. I am sure you are not the first to have a disagrement on this play but most will miss the points.

You did it right.You did it right.

N you did the right thingN you did the right thing

Cribbageyou were right in taking the runs for every card you played. Good job!!!!

Scoring runs on a goYou were correct, you play each card separately and receive points as each card is laid down.

CribbageTell me how you got 22 with a 5 & 6 played?

ScoringYou played correct by one card at a time for the extended runs but not the one point for a go. It should have been 31 for two points

one card at a time was theone card at a time was the correct way to play

Scoring runs on a goI believe you are correct. You lay one card at a time and score each card successively.

question on criggageI am out of cards. My opponent has two cards left. He plays and says 10, then puts down a 6 and totals 16. Does my opponent score anything for ending the play at 16. He has no cards left, and I had no cards left when he started?

What is his score for ending the game?

Re: question on criggageHi Gayle,

Your opponent would score one point for ‘last card’.

How to count your run74536

ScoringIf your score thirty one on the last play and had the last card as well do you get 31 for 2 and 1 for last card?

Re: ScoringUnfortunately not, the 31 for 2 includes one for last card (or ‘go’).

Hi if you play your 2nd toHi if you play your 2nd to last card card for 31 you get the 2 points for 31. If you play your last card for 31, it can’t include the 1 for last card. It sounds like you just don’t get the 1 point for last card. This same reasoning would also say that if the last card was played for 15 you would also forfeit the 1 point for last card. Doesn’t sound right to me.It would also question if your last card scored any points you should forfeit the 1 for last card. I have been playing crib for 45 years approx and have been taking the 2 for 31 and 1 for last card but haven’t been challenged yet. maybe just lucky but it makes more sense. Tks.

RulesOf course you can make up your own rules for any game and play them, but the official rules published and maintained by the American Cribbage Congress at http://www.cribbage.org do not allow more than 2 points taken for landing on a 31. The term “last card” is really a “GO”. There is no separate point for a ‘last card’, just that it is a GO, and as such scores one point, UNLESS it is scored on hitting 31 exactly, where the GO is already awarded to you plus a bonus point. You don’t get another bonus point, or another GO because it is the last card played. Hope that helps!

Yes you can score 3 pointsYes you can score 3 points

Sorry Only 2 pointsSorry Christine, you can only score two points. Landing on 31 exactly can be thought of as getting one point for the 31 and one point for a “Go”. Since the last card is technically a “Go” you already get the last card (“Go”) point so you only get two points, never 3. http://www.cribbage.org has the complete rules.

Scoring a Triple RunThe question came up recently about the score for a triple run. According to almost every cribbage rule book we have been able to find, it is always scored as 15 without any 15-2 counted (i.e. K, Q, Q, J with cut as Q). Why is this not scored as 3 double runs or 24 points?

Re: Scoring a Triple RunJ-Q-Q-Q-K makes three runs: J-Q-K three different ways. Each run scores three because it is a run of three, so 3 x 3 = 9.

Scoring a triple runthe 8 points in a double-run are accumulated from 2×3-card runs (6 points) and a pair for 2 more. Looking at the K,Q,Q,J – Q hand, you would have 3×3 card runs (9 points) and a pair royal for the remaining 6 – a total of 15 points. Unless you get one more for the nob.

Yep, 15. Admin is wrong. 9Yep, 15. Admin is wrong. 9 points for the three runs of 3, plus 6 for the 3-of-a-kind (which is 3 pairs).

good ques.good ques.

Scoring a triple runRuns are counted one point per card, so if the cards were K-Q-Q-J with the Q on the turn, your score would be nine; three runs of K-Q-J with 3 Qs. Hope that helps 🙂

15 not 9A triple run is counted as 15 (not including any 15’s) so, K,K,K,Q,J is scored as 15, not 9. 9 is for the runs + 6 for the trips. If you involve any 15’s then it is more. 4,4,4,5,6 is scored at 21.

Scoring a triple runWhy is it not 24 point Spread?

SharonNot sure what the question is Sharon 4, 4, 4, 5, 6? That is worth 21, but you may have been asking about another hand. Not sure.

Scoring a handHi,

My hand after discarding two consisted of 7,7,8,8.

It was my crib and a 6 was cut.

How many total points is this?

I scored it as four runs of three for 12 + 4 points for the two pair plus 8 for the 15s’ for a total of 24.

You scored correctly 🙂You scored correctly 🙂

how and where dose the sequience stop in the decknow when playing and counting your score and if u have a j,q,k,a in the run do u have 3 points, or do you have 4 point? The way i was taught was No Around the world sequience. How is the offecal sequience laid

Re: how and where dose the sequience stop in the deckAces are always low in cribbage.

scoringI hold 3 sevens and i ace. how do I count it.4 or six

thank you

Let’s see if I have the hangLet’s see if I have the hang of this: looks like the 3 7’s are worth 6, and then each pair of 7’s with the A gives you 15 for another 6. I think you have 12 points there Pat!

gets real interesting ifgets real interesting if another ace or 7 is cut…….4 7’s and an ace is 24………..3 7’s and 2 aces are 20 pts..can you tally them up…….

Scoring HelpIf I have an 8, an A, and three 6’s in total, do i score 2 points three times for adding up to 15 with each 8-A-6 combination for a total of 12 points (after adding the 6 points for the 3 of a kind)?

That is correct! 15-2, 15-4,That is correct! 15-2, 15-4, 15-6, and three of a kind makes 12.

That is correct! 15-2, 15-4,That is correct! 15-2, 15-4, 15-6, and three of a kind makes 12.

CorrectThat is correct! 15-2, 15-4, 15-6, and three of a kind makes 12.

what about the pairsThere would also be 3 pairs of 6’s. Total score 18

No, it is only 12The 8, 6, 6, 6, A is only 12 points, not 18. You don’t get to count the pairs twice. (3-of-a-kind is really 3 pairs and as such gets counted as 6 points. 4-of-a-kind is really 6 pairs and as such gives you 12 points.)

cribbageFirst off, I’m really new at this.

I’m confused about the scoring of the 6 6 6 8 A hand and scoring.

Seems as though it would be the A matched with each of the 6’s to create 15-3=6. Then, match the A with the 8 for 3 more 15-3=6. Then, the Pair Roayl would = 6. Total of that is 18.

If I am wrong, please explain how. Thanks from the newbie.

Only 12 ColleenColleen, you can only use a card once(with other of the same cards) when making a combination that equals 15. So if you used each 6 with the Ace and 8, then you can’t also use those sixes again with the 8 and Ace. It looks easier with suits, so lets say you have 6C, 6S, 6H and the 8 and Ace. When you count the 6Clubs with the Ace and 8, you can only do it once. That is one distinct 15…as are the rest of them. The total for the hand is 12, not 18.

Got it!I understand now. Thanks so much!

scoringIn the play for 2-handed cribbage:

Player 1 – 7

Player 2 – 8 (15 for 2)

Player 1 – 6 (run of 3)

Player 2 – 8 Last Card 1pt but any points additional points for a run?

No additional points scoredUnfortunately, no. You don’t get any additional points for a run after playing the 2nd ‘8’, because it plus the immediately previous cards do not constitute a run, and there is no ‘Double Run’ to be scored in the Play Phase. While the cards in a Play Phase run do not need to be played in numerical sequence (‘2-3-4’, ‘4-3-2’, ‘3-4-2’, etc. each form a ‘Run of 3 for 3’), they *do* need to be *played* sequentially (‘2-3-9-4’ does not form a run, as the ‘9’ breaks the sequence’s continuity).

Had your 2nd ‘8’ been instead a ‘7’, only then would you have scored your own ‘Run of 3 for 3’ (formed by the ‘8-6’ plus your ‘7’). Further, had your 2nd ‘8’ been instead a ‘5’ or ‘9’, then you would’ve scored a ‘Run of 4 for 4’ (formed by the ‘7-8-6’ plus your ‘5’ or ‘9’), having added a card to an *end* of the ‘Run of 3 for 3’.

Hope that helped!

J

scoringHow would you score this hand: In hand 5, 7, 8 ,8 and the starter card is 6

A double-run of 4 is worth 10A double-run of 4 is worth 10 points (2 runs of 4 for 8, plus the pair for 2).

There are two 15s (7-8, 7-8) for 4 more points.

14 points.

Hand 5 – 7 – 7 – 8 With 6 turned upI agree score is Double run for 10 plus 2 15’s for total 14 points.

Recently had a friend argue with me that this should be 2 double runs for 8 = 16 plus Fifteens for 4 = Total 20. How do I explain it to her?

Show herYou will probably have to show her and count each card as you go along. Good luck!

Tell her she is right, butTell her she is right, but she did not count the pair of 7s for 2 points.

There is not actually such aThere is not actually such a thing as a “double run”. This is just a convenient way to explain the counting of that type of sequence for example 2C,2H,3,4 is really scored:

Run 2C, 3, 4 for 3

Run 2H, 3, 4 for 3

Pair of 2’s for 2

Total of 8, since this always equals 8 it is easier to say Double Run for 8.

So if it is a four card run…Add an Ace

It is

Run 1, 2C, 3, 4 for 4 it can’t be broken up as 1, 2, 3 and 2, 3, 4 for 6

Run 1, 2H, 3, 4 for 4

Pair of 2’s for 2

Total 10 points.

Pegging OutOpponents are basically five points from the finish and starting to count their cards in the ’31’ play. If an one player scores 6 points, is he allowed to peg out at this point?

Play Phase points are scored immediatelyYes. Phase points are scored immediately.

J

scoringcan you tell me how to score a hand of 2,3,3,7?

There’s one 15 (using all 4There’s one 15 (using all 4 cards) and a pair for 2 more points.

4 points.

counting points at the end of a gameok,,question,,4456 and turn up card is a 10,,,can you count your hand as such,,,8 plus 2+2+2,,,to equal 14,,or do you have to count 15’s first,,then the double run,,,is a feud with hubby and father-in-law,,,,please help

it doesn’t really matter whatit doesn’t really matter what order you score in, the total is still 14. But I think most people I play with would score the 15s first…

15-2, 15-4, 15-6, and a double run makes 14

counting points at the end of a gameok,,question,,4456 and turn up card is a 10,,,can you count your hand as such,,,8 plus 2+2+2,,,to equal 14,,or do you have to count 15’s first,,then the double run,,,is a feud with hubby and father-in-law,,,,please help

It doesn’t matter what youIt doesn’t matter what you count first. Just count all the points:

4-4-5-6 is a double run for 8 points.

4-5-6 is 15 for 2 points.

The other 4-5-6 is 15 for 2 more points.

10-5 is 15 for 2 points.

Me and my opponent have oneMe and my opponent have one card left each, I play a ten then they play a five for 15 for 2 do they get a go as well for 3 three points?

Yes.Yes.

do you get a count of eight in the crib hand if the turn up cardmy frind and i were playing and this came up and we got into an argument about it. i had in my crib hand 2,3,3,K,j THE turn up card was and ACE I took the points for the four fifteens which gave me 8 but i did not take them for the double count of a run of three. My friend took those six I said he was wrong to. was he or was I wrong for not counting them?

If you have agreed to playIf you have agreed to play the variation where you take points if your opponent misses them, then he gets 6 (or eight if he called the pair of threes)

Too many cards in the cribRemember there should only be four cards in the crib, not 2, 3, 3, K, J with the starter card as the ace. Assuming that one of the ten value cards was not in there you would have had a hand with 12 points. (Two 15s and a double run of 8 for 12)

How Many Cards?How many cards were in your hand? It looks like you have five cards 2, 3, 3, K, J and an Ace was turned as the starter card. (You said that you took 8 pts for fifteens!) You should only have 4 cards in your hand before the starter card is turned up and if that were the case you would have only had 4 pts from fifteens? Setting aside that part, you have to agree to play Muggins before the start of the game. If not then you would just miss out on those points, but he would not get them.

last cardI played the last card which happened to make 31……..do I get 3 points…2 for 31 and 1 for last card…big arguement over this

Check the rules.From the Cribbage Rules page, “The Go”:

The cribbage rules for scoring ‘go’ sometimes cause confusion. You earn a point for go when your opponent cannot go. This may be (a) because he has no cards (sometimes called ‘One for last’), or (b) because he cannot play without going over 31 (‘One for the go’). In either case if you make the total 31 you score only 2 points on the cribbage board, not 3 (because the go is included, as described above). However, you may well make 15 with the last card (in which case you do score 3).

Flush & Run ComboIn my hand I have A, 2, 3, 4 of diamonds…. Cut is 8 of diamonds…. does the run and flush each get counted? I counted 13… (A, 2, 4, 8 for 15-2; 3,4 8, for 15-4; run for 4, flush for 5 = 13)checked it with a family member, and my oponent thought it was 13 as well.

Thanks 🙂

Yep.That’s what I get.

8-3-4 = 15 for 2

8-A-2-4 = 15 for 2

A-2-3-4 = run of 4

Five diamonds = 5

flush & nobif i have 4 spades in my hand and one happens to be a jack the turn card is a spade do i get to count the 5 spades + the jack again for 1 point as the nob so a total of 6 points ?

Scoring ‘His Nobs’Yes. When you hold in your hand (or Crib) a Jack that matches the suit of the ‘turn’ card, that Jack is counted as ‘1 for His Nobs’, regardless of any other scoring combination involving that Jack.

Example:

You hold the following:

The 2, 4, and Jack of Diamonds, and Jack of Clubs.

The turn card is the 8 of Clubs.

You score:

A Pair for 2 (Jacks) plus 1 for ‘His Nobs’.

Total score = 3

3 of a kind during play by one player?Hello, I play crib with my girlfriend often and today we had an interesting play happen. I finished my hand on a “go” and she had 3 cards left. Her three cards were all 6’s. So she layed them down to make 18. Does she get 6 for three of a kind plus 1 for last card to total 7 points or does she get 2 for a pair then 6 for three of a kind then 1 for last card to total 9 points?.

3 of a kind during play by one player?Hello, I play crib with my girlfriend often and today we had an interesting play happen. I finished my hand on a “go” and she had 3 cards left. Her three cards were all 6’s. So she layed them down to make 18. Does she get 6 for three of a kind plus 1 for last card to total 7 points or does she get 2 for a pair then 6 for three of a kind then 1 for last card to total 9 points?.

3 of a kind during play by one playerThis question is very similar to the first question on this page. I think the principle is that you score the cards 1 at a time so 9 points are scored.

Pair Royal played by one playerI agree. During the Play Phase, you are required to play your cards singly. The fact that your opponent has no cards to play doesn’t matter…

j

Runs of 4If I have a run of 4, say 5-6-7-8 and the turn up card is a 7, would you count the 4 runs of 3 separately? The way I would score it would be 5-6-7 x 2, 6-7-8 x2, 5-6-7-8 x2 and 7-8 for a total of 22.

RunsThat would be an incorrect scoring. Don’t think of runs of 3 seperately, but look at your maximum runs and then count each one of them. In your example hand you have two runs of 4, plus two 15s, plus a pair. It should be scored as 15-2, 15-4, runs for 12, and a pair for 14. The score for that hand is 14, a very good score indeed.

scoringplayer one puts a 10 point card down player two also put a 10 point card down making the count 20 then the 1st player put a 5 down making the count 25 but then calls for 2 points because the 2 cards showing a 10 and 5=15 i said no the counts 25 not 15 who is right

You are correct.Since the “5” is played when the count is at 20, the count becomes 25. There are no points scored for this. You are correct.

scoringplayer1 puts a 10point card player2 follows with a 10 point card then player1 puts a 5 down making the count25 but calls for 2 points because the 2 cards showing = 15 player2 says no the count is 25 not 15 who is right

Player 2 is rightPlayer 1 scores no points just for making the count 25.

scoringI had four 6 in hand an a 3 turned up is the score 20 ?

Final Score is 24, not 20…The four 6’s form a Double Pair Royal for 12 points, as there are 6 ways of selecting a pair out of 4 cards. This can be shown by labeling the four 6’s A through D and then matching them up: AB, AC, AD, BC, BD, and CD. Each pair is worth 2 points, that’s 12 points so far.

Since each pair is composed of two 6’s, and your fifth card is a 3, adding the 3 to the two 6’s in each pair makes a “Fifteen for 2”. Six “Fifteens” at 2 points each is worth 12 points.

Twelve points for the Double Pair Royal plus another twelve points for the 6 “Fifteens” brings your total score to 24 (not 20).

scoringI had four 6 in hand an a 3 turned up is the score 20 ?

24…not 20Same thing with the 7,7,7,7,A

Look at this with colors (it is easier for me that way)and put each one in a square with the 3 in the middle.

You have two black 6’s and two red 6’s.

6S 6C

3

6H 6D

Now work around the board clockwise starting with the 6S. So the first sequence would be 6S/6C/6D/6H or 15-6. (6pts)

Next move to the upper right corner 6C/6D/6H 15-10 (4 pts)

Lastly move to the lower right corner 6D/6H 15-12 (2 pts) For a total of 12 pts + 12 for the quads equals 24

49 point pegHey there. Nice site. I have a question that’s boggeling my mind. I’m not new to crib. I play on an app on the Android market on my phone and in someone’s stats they have 49 points for pegging in a single hand. This does not include the point value for the hand itself. What combination would you need if it is possible. Or I’m thinking this is a glitch in the game.

Even assuming that the personEven assuming that the person was playing the ‘5 cards in the hand’ variant, I can’t find a way to reach 49 points (without including the points from scoring the hand/crib).

PeggingI believe the highest you can peg in a normal two-person 6 card game would be 30 points. Both players would have to be holding the same cards (5,5,7,7) as an example. You are the dealer and the pone leads a 7. You pair for 2 and get the quad for 12 and the go for a total of 15. Same thing happens with the 5’s for a total of 30. To get 49 in pegging it is either a glitch or playing some variation of the game that is not normally played.

A higher score than 30 is possibleA higher score than 30 is possible, if the ’49-point player’ is alllowed to peg their opponent’s unclaimed points. As to what the max score would be, I’m not sure, even assuming that ALL of the opponent’s points were claimed and it was a ‘six-card’ game (vs. the standard five).

Yea that’s what I thought.Yea that’s what I thought. And it is a standard 2 person (6 card game) it is Cribbage pro on the Android market. Josh fuller the developer of the game has been around this site and forums. In case anyone wants to see for themselves. His name is jpuljas and he is #37 on the top 50 you can also see this from the app on Apple. The top 50 is for both. My name there is OafHuck and currently #34. Thanks for everyone’s replies. And if you know of any other good sites to play crib I’m always interested.

CribDepending on what city you are in my Canadian friend please visit http://www.cribbage.org to view clubs and tournaments (real cards) that you might want to include yourself in. We had many, many Canadians from Edmonton, Vancouver, Kelowna etc at the Montana Open Championship this last weekend. Join a local club. Play in tournaments. You would have a blast.

Standard 5?You must be from the UK. Nobody in North America plays a standard 5 card cribbage game. While their are variations of the game the American Cribbage Congress has set rules and formats and 5 cards is not one of them. Additionally, what you were speaking of is Muggins where you count unclaimed points from the the other player. That is rarely played as their are already penalties for overcounting your hand and you incur a penalty already for not counting all of your points (by not moving down the board). See cribbage.org for more information from the official cribbage website.

Is 456 worth 5 or 3 points?I grew up playing cribbage with my grandfather and his friends. They always counted a run of 456 as only 3 points. They explained that you can never count the same combination of cards as two things (4-5-6 is a run of 3, but also adds up to 15) ,therefore, they counted a 456 for 3 points for the run and always neglected the 2 points for 15. In their minds, you can count the 4-5-6 combo as a run of 3, but then cannot count the same 4-5-6 combo as a 15 too. Everywhere else I have played, online or otherwise, has counted the 456 as 5 points. So which is it? Is the 456 worth 5 points or 3? Have my grandfather and his friends been wrong all this time?

It scores twiceIn my opinion, and under all the rules I’ve read, a run of ‘4-5-6’ counts as five points: a ‘run of 3′ for three points plus two more for reaching ’15’. It’s the same as if an Ace was led, followed by two ‘7’s; the player who led with the Ace and played the second ‘7’ would score two points for the pair and two more for the reaching of ’15’, for a total of four points.

‘House’ variations are allowed, but since you’re asking for a comparison of ‘their’ rules vs. the ‘norm’, I’d have to say that your relatives are wrong in this instance.

4-5-6Assuming the count starts at zero, a play of 4-5-6 in any order is worth 5 points to the player playing the last of those three cards. 3 pts for the run and two for the 15. See cribbage rules at cribbage.org for more information.

Is 456 worth 5 or 3 points?I grew up playing cribbage with my grandfather and his friends. They always counted a run of 456 as only 3 points. The explained that you can never count the same combination of cards as two things (4-5-6 is a run of 3, but also adds up to 15) ,therefore, they counted a 456 for 3 points for the run and always neglected the 2 points for 15. In their minds, you can count the 4-5-6 combo as a run of 3, but then cannot count the same 4-5-6 combo as a 15 too. Everywhere else I have played, online or otherwise, has counted the 456 as 5 points. So which is it? Is the 456 worth 5 points or 3? Have my grandfather and his friends been wrong all this time?

scoring double double runHow many points would you give a hand of 44566? Do you score it as 20 or 24?

24That hand is 24. 8 points for 15s and a double-double run of 16 equals 24.

GrandparentsYes, they were wrong all this time (but I bet they could fish better than anyone). All combinations of scoring are allowed, but each only once. Which is why they may have been confused so many years ago. a 4, 5, 6 either played towards 31 starting from zero, or in a hand score 5. 2 pts for the 15 and 3 for the run.

Can a three card total be tallied twice.My gf and I were playing a game the other night and her hand ended up being a 9,8,7,5 and an A showing. She tallied it up as 15-6. 15-2 for the 8,7; 15-2 for the ((9+A)+5; 15-2 for the (9+(5+A)). I disagree and say her hand is worth 4 not 6. I cant find anything to support either argument though. Any help would be great.

You were right…and wrongYour GF was wrong on this one with her scoring of more than one 15 using the same cards. She had has two distinct combinations of 15’s (you cannot use the exact same cards twice). So you were right, she has 4 points for her 15s….but she also has 3 points for her run. The hand total is 7. I think that you should both cook dinner after than one.

an ace value in a runCan an ace be played as a run with k,q, and j,as well as, with a 2,3 and 4?

AcesTrudy, Aces are always low and equal to one. You cannot use them in a run with face cards. Keep pegging!

PointsHow many points is a hand of 6,6,7,8 and a 8 is cut

20 PointsYour hand equals 20 points. Four for the fifteens and sixteen points for a double-double run.

Multiple runsrunsI have 6,7,8,9. Can this be scored 678=3, 789=3, 6789=4, 7+8=2, 9+6=2 total=14? Or is it just 8 for the run of four plus two 15’s (cards are not all the same suit?

Stick to total runsUnfortunately, you cannot score the runs that way. Since you can never count the exact same cards twice in scoring, you can only count the 4-card run once for four points and the four points for a total of 8 for that hand. Hope that helps and keep pegging!

SCORINGWHAT IF I HAD 7,8,7, 1, CAN I USE THE 7 WITH THE 8 AND THEN THE 7 AGAIN WITH THE 1. CAN YOU USE CARDS IN YOUR HAND MORE THAN ONCE IN MAKING DIFFERENT COMBINATIONS OF 15?

Yes…, but only onceYes, you can use all cards to combine to make combinations of 15…but if you use the exact same cards….you can only do it once. The score on your hand is 8. 15-2, 15-4, 15-6 and a pair for eight.

How many points for aHow many points for a 2-2-2-2-9?

My husband and I are playingMy husband and I are playing Kings Cribbage and we do not know how to score this

How many points for aHow many points for a 2-2-2-2-9?

Hand scores 20That hand is worth 20. Four combinations of 15 and 12 points for the quads.

acescan an ace be used with a queen-king run?

Aces are always lowAces are always low and counted only as one. They cannot be used to form a run with a king, only with a two and three.

scoringHow many points is 9,6,3,3 and 3 on deck ? I think its 12 but my husband and son say its 20

Hard one to countTracy, that is one of the harder hands to count. When you encounter them, sometimes laying the cards out in a square helps. Here is the breakdown:

The 9 plus the three 3s is already 12 as there are six fifteens and three pairs for 6 so that in itself equals 12. Then there is the 9/6 which also equals fifteen, so we are up to a score of 14. Then there are the three 3s and the 6! That also equals 15. The total for this hand is…..16 points. A very good score indeed. (Let the boys know that if they had two 9s and the three 3s they would have had 20. For fun, have them count 6, 6, 3, 3, 3 and see what they come up with. That is one of the hardest hands to count in all of cribbage!) Keep Pegging!

Can you count nobs in theCan you count nobs in the crib?

NobsIf you hold a jack that is the same suit as the turn card (up-card), no matter where it is…score one point. Works in the crib and in the hand the same way.

How do I score this?3+3+3+3 and a 6 as the cut card that is turned upright?

How many dose he scoreIf your plaing pairs 5 card and one player has a 3 3 3 6 in his hand and a 6 turns up how many dose he score please …

Score6, 6, 3, 3, 3,

Score as 15-2, 4, 6, 8, 10, pair for 12 and royal pair for a total of 18.

ScoringI have in my hand 9 ,3,3 and the turned up 3 what would this hand score

Score 12You have three different sets of 15 for 6 points and three-of-a-kind which is also worth 6 points. 12 points total.

Counting a runI had a hand that had a run with 6,5, and 4. Does this get counted for a run and 15? For a total of 5 points? Thank you

CorrectThat is correct. If you ONLY had those cards in your hand, then it would be worth 5 points, 2 for the fifteen and three for the run.

crib scorewhilst playing a 3 handed crib game the cards were played in this order 5-5-5=15/2 6/3 fives. total=8

4-4 2/2 fours. =2

3-3 2/ 2 threes

lastly a 2.2/31

now my partner says he gets 3 times count for 4 runs of 5,4,3,2. am confused with his thinking and would allow him the points. please tell me who is right and what is the correct points scored

I think you mean…Trying to follow you here, the cards played were, 5, 5, 5, 4, 4, 3, 3, 2? There are no points for runs in this sequence. Here are the totals:

5=0

5=2

5=8

4=0

4=2

3=0

3=2

2=2.

Beginner questionI couldn’t find the answer here, and was wondering.

Does the Jack of nobs also give you a point when played during the pegging phase?

Or only at the end during the scoring phase?

NobsHolding the Jack of the same suit as the turn card is worth one point, but only when scoring a hand, not before.

When final player lays hisWhen final player lays his cards down and the other player has no cards left.thefinalplayers cards total 15.do you score2 or3 points

Last CardYou will get two points for hitting 15 exactly and one point for a final go for laying down the last card.

Scoring handHi-

I’ve heard that a 555J (for nobs) with a 5 up is the best hand you can have, but wouldnt 4 5’s with a Jack up (when you are dealing) score higher for heels over nobs? you still have 5 of the same cards plus the extra 2 over the 1? Or Does that just mean the highest scoring hand when you arent dealing?

29 HandWhile the hand you are describing is ultimately worth one more point if you were the dealer (28 for the hand and two for cutting the jack), the highest scoring hand is still 29. When scoring hands, you cannot take into account other factors. If you did, you could take into account pegging points as well.

Could you please resolve aCould you please resolve a debate…what is the score for 3 sevens & an ace.. Thank you

Three sevens and an Ace777A is worth 12 points. 6 points for three combinations of 15 and 6 points for three pairs.

PeggingIf cards are played in the following sequence 7 5 6 4 5 the first 3 cards count as 3 points but does the player of the second five score three points for a run as well?

PeggingMark, that is correct. 7,5,6,4,5 would score like this: the player who plays the 6 gets 3 points for a run, the player who plays the 4 then gets 4 points for a run and the last player who played the 5 would get an additional 3 points for a run.

Nobs on cut, and go question1. If someone cuts a Jack, does he get Nobs for 2 points?

2. May be sophmoric, but if I can play more than one card after my opponent can no longer play, do I get a ‘go’ for each card I play? or only one til i’m done?

Danke!

Maybe and NoOnly the dealer gets the 2 points for the jack being cut as the starter card, so if you are the dealer, then yes, take them. No, you cannot take more than one go, if you continue to lay down cards after your pone says ‘go’. You can continue to score runs and pairs though. Hope that helps.

Nibs & GoHi Danke,

1) His Heels (nibs): Jack, when it is the starter card, counts two points for the dealer (www.cribbage.org).

2) In the case of “go” you score one point played for the hand, not for each card card played thereafter. So if you have three cards after the “go” and play each sequentially you will collect your one point at the end of play ( not including any points accumulated during your card counting to 31). The way I always looked at this was you get one point for having the last card.

Hope this helps!

Help counting points.My husband had 3 threes. 3 of diamond, 3 of spades and 3 of heart.

A 9 of heart was the card up.

I said he had he 10 points.

He said he had more than 10 points because he kept switching the 3 cards.

He counted the 3 of spades with the 3 of hearts, and the 3 of hearts with the 3 of diamond and the 3 of hearts with the of spades. this did not make sense to me.

Which one of us is right?

Actually that is 12 pointsHubby was right. There are 3 sets of 15(D-H, H-S, S-D) and three of a kind is worth 6. Score that as 12 points.

12 point hand (assuming that12 point hand (assuming that the other card in the hand does not score). Since 9+6 makes 15, you have to look at all possible combinations in the hand that add up to 6. In this case there are three possible combinations: 3D3S, 3D3H, 3S3H. Each combination when added to 9 gives 15. Three fifteens, each for two points, makes 6 points.

The other points come from the pairs, which follows the same sort of logic as before. This gives three pairs each for two points giving 6 additional points for a total of twelve.

straight flush8,9,10, j, in hand all spades

turn up is q of spades

Score of 11?

CorrectThat is correct you would score 11. Run of 5 pts, flush of 5 pts and the Jack of the correct suit for one pt.

Who gets the “go” pointHere is the scenario: I am the pone and I have J825 my opponent has JQKK and both hands are played in that order. When I have no cards left, and he has two kings left and the count is 15, he lays a king (25) and then says go and scores a point, then lays his other king for the last card point. My question is should he get the point for the go thats between the two kings or should I?

Why would you get a point?Why would you get a go point? He played a King and no one else could play, correct? Go, one point. Then next round he plays a King and no one else can play? Go, one point.

Cribbage countingMy wife had a 5 card flush which included a “J” . DOes it count 5 or 6?

scoring pointswhile playing score is 28,I play ace score 29, opponent plays ace score 30 for 2 points, I plays ace score 31, is this for 8 points or is proper scoring 6 points for aces plus 2 points for 31. I know it scores the same 8 points but for proper scoring its is considered 2 separate plays isn’t it.

Runs in peggingPlease advise in 4 handed game the following points pegged

Lead with a 8 then a further 8 is played (16 for 2) the a 7 (23 for 0) then a 6 is played for 29, can the player who played the 6 take three for the run and a possible one for a go or can they claim 5 points and also the possible go ie takes the original pair (8s) and the run or just the run.

Many thanks

NopeThey get the run for 3 points and a Go (assuming no other cards can be played). They did not complete a pair when they played the 6, so that pair is already scored and cannot be re scored.

Need helpSo me and wife are playing she had 3 3s and a 7 cut card was a 2 how many points is the hand

12 points15 2, 4, 6, three of a kind makes 12. Twelve points.

Scoring10, 7, 7, ace, 5 top card. What is the score in cribbage

Help please…. How is theHelp please…. How is the following scored with regards to the run please?

First card down was a 7, then a 6 was played, followed by a 8 which gave 3 points for the run, then the next card played was a 6… So is that now still in the run giving 4 points or did the 6 stop the run. Please help

Help please…. How is theHelp please…. How is the following scored with regards to the run please?

First card down was a 7, then a 6 was played, followed by a 8 which gave 3 points for the run, then the next card played was a 6… So is that now still in the run giving 4 points or did the 6 stop the run. Please help

Stops the runAmanda,

The next 6 card being played would stop the run. The 3 cards played then are 6, 8, 6 which is not a run. In your scenario only a 5, 7, or 9 could continue the 7, 6, 8 run. Anything except for 5, 7, 9 would stop the run from continuing. Keep pegging!

questiondo you play with flushes?

FlushesYes there are plenty of comments on here about flushes

Go ConundrumI desperately need a ruling.

We repeatedly run into heated debate at hunting camp regarding “the play” as it relates to playing cards up against a “go”.

Here is the situation:

1. The play commences and the pone plays a face card say a KING.

2. The dealer returns play with a Jack. (count=20)

3. The Pone returns play with an “10” (count=30)

4. The dealer calls “go” and the pone pegs (1) point

5. The pone plays an ace to score 31 and takes an additional point.

The play resumes

1. The dealer plays a King.

2. The pone plays his last card, a Queen (count =20)

3. The dealer plays a 10 (count=30).

Now here is where the beer starts talking, and cribbage boards get destroyed.

The pone is out of cards and never had to say “go”. The dealer has just played a card but has not been given a “go” to proceed playing his last card as the pone has no cards and is thus not inclined to say go as he considers his play is over. The dealer has (1) remaining card (a 2 card) but the play is stalled since the pone will not give a “go”. The pone considers that since he is out of cards, the requisite to call “go” if you can’t make it under 31 is moot. Does the dealer continue counting regardless of being given a “go” under the above situation?

Let’s talk 31First of all, the first part of the play was incorrect. When the dealer calls Go, the remaining players are REQUIRED to play all cards up to and including cards to 31. The pone does not peg one, but pegs 2 when they play their ace to 31….After that the dealer (in the continuation) does not have to wait for a player to say Go. The rules say that a Go point is awarded if no remaining players have cards or have cards that can be played below 31. The dealer would automatically get the Go point without pone declaring Go. There is no requirement for a player to say Go if they have no cards. The pone is correct. He does not have to say Go, and the dealer is allowed to take their one point for the last card (a Go). Hope that helps.

scoreIf I have a hand of 4, 5’s and a 4. what would the value be

20 handAll hands with four 5’s without a 10-card attached are worth 20 points. Four combinations of 15 and 12 points for the quads.

What happens when you lay a 3What happens when you lay a 3 the the dealer lay a 3 then I lay a 3 the he lay a 4 then I lay a 4 can he lay a 2 for a triple run of 3?

RunsSo if your question looks like this: 3,3,3,4,4,2…There are no runs in this sequence. There are if you are counting your hand, but not while you are pegging. Hope that helps. Your question was a little unclear.

I have this arguement with myI have this arguement with my husband …. counting runs while making 31 ..I played a 3 my husband followed with an 8 which I played a 3 for “15” then he played a 2 and called it a run of 3 …. I dissagree and he says it’s right …. Which one is?????

Neither of you are rightWhen you ask questions, please give us the entire scenario. 3, 8, 3 does not equal 15. I’m not sure how he then lays a 2 down and thinks that it is a run. Runs are 3 or more sequential cards that DO NOT have to be in order, but THEY MUST be unbroken. 6, 8, 5, 7 is a run of four. 6, 8, 5, 6, 8 is nothing. Please see cribbage.org for extensive rules.

RenaggingI was wondering what happens when somebody renags do they lose points

ReneggingRenegging is a penalty of 2 points for each card you COULD have played, plus forfeit of any points you were ABLE to score while pegging using the cards you should have played. http://www.cribbage.org for more info

countingSo if you are playing with three people when counting if someone doesnt count a run who does it go to.for the other two players.

Missing RunsIf someone misses scoring a run, it doesn’t “go” to anyone. They just missed it. If the next player can continue the run of either 3 or 4, then they can take it, but you don’t get to claim someone else’s points unless you are playing muggins.

And if you are playingAnd if you are playing muggins, the player who first called out the missed points gets the points.

Run of fourIf you have 10-J-Q-K, can you score it as two runs of three for 6 pts? I.e. 10-J-Q for 3 and J-Q-K for 3

RunsNo. You must take the largest possible run once. That example is a run of 4.

If a 5 is played then a 10 15If a 5 is played then a 10 15 for two then a 5 is played is it 20 for two

Why?We do not give points for getting to 20. Only 15 and you did not have a pair.

goIf you have played all your cards but your opponent still has cards do you get to go?

Huh?Where would you like to go?

Jack in a 5 card flushI was told that if I have a 5 card flush with a jack I

can only score 5 points, the jack in this case does not count for the extra point.

is this correct ??

Jack in a 5 card flushI was told that if I have a 5 card flush with a jack I

can only score 5 points, the jack in this case does not count for the extra point.

is this correct ??

It dependsIs the jack in your hand or is it the cut card? if it is in your hand then you would score 6. 5 points for the flush and one point for nobs for the jack being the same suit as the cut card (or starter card)

Proper way to score this handDuring a cribbage game, my wife played her second to last card a 4, I then played my last card a 5 and she then played her last card a 6 which made 15. Does she get the 3 points for a 3 card run, the 2 for making 15 and 1 for a go which makes the total points on the last card played 6, is this correct? Thanks

CorrectThat is correct, she gets a total of 6 points exactly as you described.

Only if the total pointsOnly if the total points since the last go was 15 would you score 15 for 2.

YupPretty sure that’s what they were asking

Pegging after th deal in a pairs gamePaying a game of pairs tonight, and I laid the first card an 8. Next player lays a 4, my partner lays a 5, dealer lays a 3 for 3 points, I lay a 2 for 4 points, next player lays an ace for 5 points and heres where we got a bit lost. My partner lays another 5 and calls 5 points. Was he correct or not?

Runs AgainPlease look to this site and may others regarding runs. Runs in cribbage can be in any order, but they MUST have a run for the cards you are taking. Here is your game 8, 4, 5, 3, 2, A, 5. So since a new 5 is being played is A, 2, 3, 5 a run? No it is not. So no run for the last 5.

FlushesCan you get a flush from pegging? And if so can you get a 4 card flush from pegging. I want to be prepared for the future.

A four card flush is worth 4A four card flush is worth 4 (without the starter), and a five card flush is worth five points (with the starter) . You can only get the 5 point type with the Crib.

Flushes while peggingNo, No, not now or in the future

What is the total points of 9What is the total points of 9 6 6 3 and starter is 4

I see three 15s for 6 pointsI see three 15s for 6 points and a pair for 2 points. Total 8 points. The starter card doesn’t get you anything extra. (9&6), (9& other 6), (6,6,&3).

JaimeJaime the starter card does not help the hand. You should be able to score this hand very easily. How many combinations of 15 are there by not using the exact same cards twice? How many runs (if there are runs)? and how many pairs? You should approach all scoring like this until you can see all of the points in a hand.

ScoringWell lets see, the four does not help your hand at all, and you started with six points (do you know where they are?), so you probably ended up with? Go ahead make a guess….

scoringWhen playing out the hand a three card run is made ending in 31.Is the score for the play

5 (three for the run plus two for 31) or just 2 for achieving 31

CorrectYes, hitting 31 exactly while ending in a 3-card run would be five points. Great pegging!

Last card on ’15’I’ve searched everywhere for an answer to this question to no avail…..!

When the last card of the hand is played and totals ’15’, is that worth 2 points or 3?

Thanks in advance.

AssumingI am assuming that you are talking about the act of pegging, or the ‘play’, the answer is yes, if the last card played also equals 15 then you get two for the 15 and one for the final Go. Remember that a Go is when no other player can play a card closer to 31 than the one that you have played regardless of when this happens.

Counting`Will someone please tell me what the count is on this hand:

7 7 7 8 turn up card is an ace. I believe it is 12

18If your starter card is an Ace, then this hand scores 18. Fifteen 12 and 3 pairs for 18.

right jack scoringIs cutting the jack worth still worth 2 points if you are within 5 points of winning the game?

Right Jack?There is no cutting of a right Jack. Cutting of ANY Jack no matter where you are on the board gives you two points. You can be only one hole from going out and the cutting of ANY Jack will put you out if you are the dealer. The ONLY time you use the words ‘Right Jack’, is if you are holding the jack in your hand or your crib of the same suit of the starter card. (turn card). The “Right Jack” then scores one for that player.

nobs2 questions……….if you make a 31 for 2 on the last card played in a hand for 2 points do you also get an additional point for last card played for a total of 3 points………….also do get nobs in the kiddie/crb………..eg you hold the jack of diamonds in your kiddie and the card that was cut is also a diamond..i play a computer game and the computer always gives nobs if it is in your hand but I have noticed if it is in the crib it scores it sometimes and sometime s not,,,,,,,cannot figure out why it does this…..send me an email please

How Many points if i have 3-3-3-9?

Hi there Larry! You would score that card combo 12. 6 points for the triple 3’s and 6 points for the 15’s.

My dad and I got into an argument about this rule. We were at a count of 28 and was my turn to play. I could not play anything so I said “go.” My dad took one point for my go and then played a 3 for 31 which gave him two points. According to my dad this exchange would grant my dad a total of 3 points but I was under them impression that he would only get 2. Who is right in this scenario?

You are correct. The proper scoring would be 2 points. In this instance, when you were unable to play, your father would have the opportunity to place all playable cards. He did so by playing the 3 which got him to 31. A GO point is included in the 2 points for 31.

As another example, lets say he had a 2 instead of a 3…at 28 you say ‘go’…he does not peg a point because he has a 2 in his hand….he then plays the 2 for a total of 30 and you say go again….at that point he cannot play so he scores 1 for the go. He would not score a point for the go each time you say the word GO.

A “GO” point is sometimes called ‘last card’. So the player that plays the last card gets the point, and as stated above, that point is included in the 2 points for 31.

See this link for some more information: https://cribbagecorner.com/cribbage-rules-go/