HOW TO PLAY CRIBBAGE

Cribbage is a strategic, social card game played with 2, 3 or 4 players.  Be the first player to peg out to win the game!  Below you will find the video tutorial and explanation for 2 player cribbage.  Following 2 player cribbage is the video tutorial and explanation for 3 player cribbage.  Also, find the quick guide for each version and keep it close as a reference to help you learn as you play!

2 Player Cribbage Tutorial:

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CRIBBAGE (2 Player) Quick Guide
Needed: 52 card deck; cribbage board; 2 players

Deal: Each player is dealt 6 cards.

Objective: Be the first player to peg out by scoring points through pegging and card combinations.

Crib: The crib is created by each player discarding 2 cards from the hand dealt into the crib.  

Deck Cut: The non-dealer will cut the deck and the dealer will flip up the top card of the cut deck.  This card will be used to form card combination in the hand counting phase.

Pegging Play: Players take turns playing one card from his/her hand and adding the card value to a running total.  The running total cannot exceed 31 and will restart at zero when needed.  Players are awarded points for the following actions.

  • Landing on 15 or 31 = 2 points
  • A pair of cards played = 2 points
  • 3 cards paired in a row = 6 points
  • 4 cards paired in a row = 12 points
  • A run within the same 31 count = # of cards in the run
  • When a player cannot play without exceeding 31 he/she states “Go.”  The opposing player plays any cards he/she can without exceeding 31 and then pegs 1 for the Go, unless the player plays a card to land on 31, then he/she will peg 2. 
  • The player who plays the last card will peg 1, unless the last card played makes 31, then he/she will peg 2.

Hand Counting:  Each player will count points for the card combinations in his/her hand.  The non-dealer is first to count.  Points are scored from the following combinations.

  • Cards combining to equal 15 = 2 points each
  • Pairs; 3 of a kind; 4 of a kind = 2 points each; 6 points; 12 points
  • Run of 3; 4; or 5 = 3 points; 4 points; or 5 points
  • Flush (all the same suit) 4 card; 5 card = 4 points; 5 points
  • Nobs (a Jack in your hand is the same suit as the flipped up card) = 1 point

Crib Counting: The dealer of the hand gets to count the points in the crib.  The crib points are the same as the hand points.

Rules: The ace is always low and has a value of 1.  If a Jack is flipped up on the cut, the player who flipped it is awarded 2 points.​
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3 Player Cribbage Tutorial:

CRIBBAGE (3 Player) Quick Guide
Needed: 52 card deck; cribbage board; 3 players

Deal: Each player is dealt 5 cards.  1 card is dealt into the crib.

Objective: Be the first player to peg out by scoring points through pegging and card combinations.

Crib: The crib is created by each player discarding 1 card from the hand dealt into the crib.  

Deck Cut: The player left of the dealer will cut the deck and the dealer will flip up the top card of the cut deck.  This card will be used to form card combination in the hand counting phase.

Pegging Play: Players take turns playing one card from his/her hand and adding the card value to a running total.  The running total cannot exceed 31 and will restart at zero when needed.  Players are awarded points for the following actions.

  • Landing on 15 or 31 = 2 points
  • A pair of cards played = 2 points
  • 3 cards paired in a row = 6 points
  • 4 cards paired in a row = 12 points
  • A run within the same 31 count = # of cards in the run
  • When a player cannot play without exceeding 31 he/she states “Go.”  The next player plays any cards he/she can without exceeding 31 or states "Go". If "Go" is stated then the third player plays any cards he/she can without exceeding 31 and pegs 1 for the Go, unless the player plays a card to land on 31, then he/she will peg 2. 
  • The player who plays the last card will peg 1, unless the last card played makes 31, then he/she will peg 2.

Hand Counting:  Each player will count points for the card combinations in his/her hand.  The player left of the dealer is first to count.  Points are scored from the following combinations.

  • Cards combining to equal 15 = 2 points each
  • Pairs; 3 of a kind; 4 of a kind = 2 points each; 6 points; 12 points
  • Run of 3; 4; or 5 = 3 points; 4 points; or 5 points
  • Flush (all the same suit) 4 card; 5 card = 4 points; 5 points
  • Nobs (a Jack in your hand is the same suit as the flipped up card) = 1 point

Crib Counting: The dealer of the hand gets to count the points in the crib.  The crib points are the same as the hand points.
 
Rules: The ace is always low and has a value of 1.  If a Jack is flipped up on the cut, the player who flipped it is awarded 2 points.