Cribbage is a card game for two players in which each player tries to form various counting combinations of cards using a standard 52 card pack.

The Cribbage wooden scoring board has 60 counting holes (in two rows of 30) plus one game hole for each player. It has 3 pegs to insert in the board according to the players scores. Two are for scoring during a game. By ‘leapfrogging’ two pegs it makes it easier to score accurately while also allowing your opponent the chance to check on your pegging. The third peg is for keeping track of how many games each person has won.

The game of Cribbage was invented in the early 1600s by Sir John Suckling, a British Soldier, English courtier, poet, gamester and gambler. It is thought to derive from the earlier card game called Noddy.

While the game of Noddy has become an historical, rarely-played game, Cribbage has continued unchanged as a popular game in the English-speaking world. In the game the Cards are ranked as highest first: King, Queen, Jack then 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, Ace.

A perfect Cribbage hand is 29 points, and it happens when a player holds three fives and a Jack, then obtains the other five when the “cut” card is turned over. The final five must be the same suit as the Jack.

In Cribbage the phrase ‘Muggins’ (also known as cut-throat) is a commonly used but optional rule, which must be announced before game play begins. If a player fails to claim their full score on any turn, the opponent may call out “Muggins” and peg any points overlooked by the player.

The phrase ‘Corners’ is also used in Cribbage. A traditional board is laid out in two rows of 30 holes for each player; and the winner is the first to 121 points – or twice around the board. Consequently, when you reach the end of a row and start pegging up the next row, you have turned the “Corner”.


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