The game of cribbage is one that has been enjoyed for 100’s of years and created pleasant lasting memories for countless families and friends. Cribbage is a game that can be played in 15 minutes and can be quickly learned and taught. It is 5th Peg’s goal to provide you with the resources to allow you to learn and enjoy the game as quickly and easily as possible. Some of this information is written by us and where we have found excellent resources on other sites we have provided links for you to learn and explore there.
Setting Up to Play
You need a deck of 52 cards and a cribbage board with pegs to keep track of scoring.
Place the pegs in the starting holes. On a 5th Peg board these are the two holes at the home end of the board.
Playing the Game
Shuffle the cards and cut for the deal. The low card deals. (Remember the Ace is always low in cribbage.)
The dealer will shuffle the cards and allow the non-dealer (pone) to cut the deck prior to alternatively dealing six cards face down to each player starting with the pone.
After dealing each player discards two cards to the dealer’s “crib”.
The pone cuts the deck and the dealer turns over the top card of the deck which is later used for determining the score of each hand including the crib. If the pone cuts a jack this is known as “nobs” and the dealer scores two points. These points are pegged by the dealer starting “up” the outside row of the board. (The starting peg will then be in the hole designating 2 points and the other peg is left in the starting position)
At this point the play begins with the pone playing a card face up on their side of the board and calling out its value. The play continues by each player alternatively playing a card face up on their side of the board and calling out the total count of the cards played. This continues until the player whose turn it is cannot play a card without exceeding a total of 31. When this occurs the player who is unable to play calls out “GO”. If the other player cannot play a card without exceeding 31 they move their back peg forward by one hole for the go. If the opposing player can play additional cards without exceeding 31 they do so and score the “GO” when they are finished. If the opposing player can play a card making the total exactly 31 they “peg” two points.￼
Using the Cribbage Board for Pegging
The object of the game of cribbage is to be the first player to score 121 points. This is done by “pegging” during the play and the counting of the hands after the playing of the hands is complete.
The cribbage board and the pegs are used to keep track of scoring. It is important to remember a number of simple rules when pegging. The back peg is the one that is used to peg points leaving the forward peg in place. This visibly shows that the proper number of holes has been “pegged”. When counting hands the pone always counts first. This is important to remember since it is only the first player to score 121 points who wins the game.
Peg “up” the outside row of holes and “down” the inside row of holes on a “twice-around board”.
A twice around board has thirty holes going in each direction. This requires the player to peg around the board twice to score 121 points. The holes on the outside of the board are known as “first street” when the players score is 0 to 30. The holes on the inside of the board are known as “second street” when the players score is between 31 and 60. The holes on the outside of the board are known as “third street” when the players score is between 61 and 90. The holes on the inside street are known as “fourth street” when the players score is between 91 and 121.
Pegging points are made during the course of play as cards are played sequentially.
Pairs = 2 points
3 of a kind = 6 points
4 of a kind = 12 points
Playing a card that makes the total of 15 = 2 Point
Playing the final card that can be played without exceeding a count of 31 = 1 point Playing a card that makes the total 31 = 2 points
Playing the last card = 1 point
Playing a sequence of cards of 3 or more = 1 point for each card in the sequence (the cards in the sequence do not have to be played sequentially (i.e. 4, 5, 3, 2 is worth 4 points the same as 2, 3, 4, 5)
Many of these pegging points can be combined i.e. pairing a 2 that makes the score 15 = 4 points (2 for the pair and 2 for making the score 15)
Playing a pair as the last card = 3 points (2 for the pair and one for the last card) Making the score 31 when playing the last card = 2 points This is one of the few exceptions of pegging points being additive.￼
￼Pegging is a very important part of cribbage and will determine the outcome of many games when each player gets average hands.