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In this Instructable I will tell you the basics of how to play cribbage. To start off you will need a deck of cards and a cribbage board which both of them can be found at your local walmart for less than 15 dollars.

Object of Game
The object of the game is to score 121 points which are pegged on the board by points in your hands. Each hand determines how many points you will have which we will get into later in this Instructable.

Description of Cribbage board
A standard cribbage board usually comes with 3 different colors on the face of it with 121 holes in each color. It also contains three pegs of each color which are kept in the back of the board in a small compartment. A peg is used to keep track of the points that you have scored throughout the duration of the game.

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Step 1: The Basics

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The Basics
To play a game of cribbage you need atleast two people but can have three or four people. Here are some guidelines which will depend on the number of people that are playing:
1. Two people: the dealer deals six cards each (pictured below)
2. Three people: the dealer deals five cards each and then one off to the side (pictured below)
3. Four people: the dealer deals five cards each sitting opposite each other (pictured below)

To determine who deals first set the full deck of cards in front of everyone and then everyone cuts from the same deck. Whoever cuts the lowest card wins the deal first. This is very important when it gets to the end of the game which I will discuss with you later. The dealer also changes people every time a new hand is dealt.

Step 2:

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Pick up cards and put them in order from smallest to largest (Ace being the smallest and King being the largest).

You don't necessarily have to put them in order but I always find it easier to count the points in my hand when I do.

Danxexoxo16 days ago
For your info this wasn't that helpful it was a little bit but what I was trying to figure out was how many points are you trying to get to in one hand to move up on the board like you put a 10 down he puts a ten like are you trying to get highest lowest 21 32 like what
I have that same exact cribbage board.

I used to have the same board but my pegs were not very well formed at the ends (weak). The best way I can describe it was they felt like a plyable waxy substance vs an actual plastic and each time you moved them whether or not you put them in a little too far (even if you didn't put them in too far and didn't take them straight out but did at an angle) they would break off in the ends in a similar manner to dried wax breaking off a candle and the ends would get stuck making the board unusable! :(!

Falcon250six5 months ago

Thanks so much its been years since i played (use to with my granpa) now my son and I want to learn and play

Focker5 years ago
Also you forgot to mention all those salty dogs who play muggins, or, people who take the points you forgot to count. I am one of those salty individuals.
snoyes5 years ago
Don't forget two for his heels and one for his nob.