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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Omemee Legion Hosts Weekly Cribbage Tournament

Cribbage Anyone?

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 497 at 46 King Street East, Omemee; host a Cribbage tournament every Tuesday afternoon at 1.p.m.
If you’ve never played cribbage, or you’re a little rusty on the game, that’s quite alrirght. The friendly folks at the legion are always glad to help you out. If you’d like a little refresher before going to play, here are a couple of tips from Karolyn Schaik’s eHow article:”How to Play Cribbage”.

Cribbage Tips

by Karolyn A. Schalk
Scoring Combinations
Fifteen: Any combination of cards totaling exactly 15 points, 2 points
Pair: Two cards of the same rank, 2 points
Triplet: Three cards of the same rank, 6 points
Quartet: Four cards of the same rank, 12 points
Sequence: Three or more cards in a row, any suit (aces always low), 1 point per card
Flush: Four cards of the same suit (not the crib and not including the starter), 4 points; five cards in hand or crib with starter, 5 points
His Nobs: Jack of same suit as starter, 1 point
Because Cribbage scoring is involved and precise, many players follow the rule of Muggins. In this variation players count aloud their points. If any points are overlooked, the opponent says aloud "Muggins" and takes the points overlooked into their own tally.

One of the fine arts of Cribbage is choosing which cards to go into the crib and which cards to keep. If you have a high-scoring four-card group, such as 7-8-8-9, keep them and put the other two in the crib. If it's your own crib, put scoring cards such as pairs and 15s (or at least a 5-spot) into the crib, when this also leaves you a reasonable hand. In general, put middle-range cards (4 through 8) in your own crib, and put high and low cards (2s and kings) in your opponent's. Take into account how many start cards will be good for the various choices of cards to keep. Likewise, consider how different start cards can combine with your crib discards.

In play, start with a card that counts under 5 so that opponent can't peg an immediate 15.
Near the end of the game, scoring order can greatly influence your discards and your decisions in play. For example, if you need just 3 or 4 points to win, then you don't need a high-scoring hand. Try to keep cards that will permit you to win during the play-out.
Similarly, when dealer is 5 or 10 points from winning, opponent needs to score points soon and may have to gamble on getting help from the start card for a high-scoring hand.
You can find more details in Karolyn’s in depth instructions here. It looks a little complicated, but so does an explanation of how to tie your shoes, so take heart and just plunge right in. Have fun!

References: Schalk, Karolyn A..  "How to Play Cribbage"  13 March 2006. <>  29 March 2011
For information about the Legion’s activities call 705-799-5095 or 705-799-1386
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