Two questions about cribbage

  1. I know that the best possible hand is worth 29 points. What’s the most someone could possibly score during a pegging round? Is it the dealer or the other player?

  2. You could keep score in cribbage using paper and pencil, like you do in hearts, gin and other card games. Why does cribbage have a board and pegs while the other games don’t? (A hearts board would be kind of cool.)

1.) Some genius will no doubt come in with a higher total, but the most I can count for the pegging round is 19 points.

Assume your hand is 5 5 A 8 and your opponent has 5 5 K 7

Points 8 8 Total
Opponent 5 5 K : 7

You 5 5 A : 8
Points 2 12 2 3 19 Total

Of course, this needs the heavens to shine down on you and a dumb opponent. Also note that your hand is not that good for counting.

2.) Sure you can. Makes the concept of “pegging” a little more abstract though. And I have seen Euchre scoreboards with pegs.

  1. Would have to sit down and figure out while playing, sorry
  2. IMO, because there are so many “mini-points” (2 here, 1 there) that using paper and pencil would slow the game down tremendously. I don’t play hearts, so do not know what scoring is like for that game, but gin (the way my family plays) the only scoring is done at the end of the hand)

Yeech - my example show up like crap… Let’s try this a little different…

Your opponent plays: 5

You play: 5

You score: 2 (for pair)

Your opponent plays: 5

Your opponent scores: 8 (6 for three of a kind, 2 for fifteen)

You play: 5

You score: 12 (for four of a kind)

Opponent: K

You play: A

You score: 2 (for 31)

New round…

Opponent: 7

You: 8

You score: 3 (2 for fifteen, 1 for Go).

Total: You 19, Opponent 8

  1. Uh…

  2. Just because of the frequency of the points, a peg system works very well. Have you ever tried to keep track of a game using paper? It’s play a card, grab pencil, write something down, play a card, play a card, write something down, etc… PITA. Hearts and some of the other game count points much less frequently, making writing things down not so inconvenient.

The db’s play cribbage without a peg board all the time. Mostly on airplanes when space is tight. Actually space isn’t as big of a concern as dropping the pegs never to be seen again. Writing is only a minor inconvenience if you break down the hand-written scoreboard into six boxes for each player, each with 20 point in it. Such a system makes totalling up a lot easier.

As far as the most points in the pegging round…hellifiknow.

Just to clarify on the second question: I do see why pegs and a board make sense for cribbage. They just seem like they’d be handy in some other card games as well…but maybe not handy enough to justify investing in a scoreboard.

So has cribbage through the ages always had a board, or was that scoring system invented after people got annoyed writing everything down?

I came up with 21 peg points:

Opponent plays: 5
You: 5 (2)
Opponent: 5 (8)
You: 5 (12)
Opponent: 4
You: 3 (that’s a run for 3) and add one for last card
New round:
Opponent : 8
You: 7 (that’s 15 for two and then one for last card)

You end with 21 your opponent got 8

Though I would hang my head in shame if I were my opponent in that hand.

The most I ever pegged went down like this. I’m sure it’s not the MOST you can get, but it sure was nice. I was the dealer.

Opponent: (plays a Jack) 10.
Me: (plays a five) fifteen for two
O: (plays a five) twenty for two
Me: (plays a five) twenty-five for six
O: go
Me: (plays another five) thirty for twelve and a go is thirteen.
O: (plays a queen) 10
Me: (plays a queen) 20 for two.
Then he had a king, I think, for the last card.

So all in all, I pegged 23. Plus I had this great hand (another ten-spot card was cut), so I came back from near the double skunk line to win the game after I had counted my cat (or crib, depending on what you call it).

The second question has already been answered, for the most part. You can (and I have, along with others here) keep score with a pencil, but the scoring is so frequent that a board is more practical. Also, it’s because you actually score WHILE the hand is going on, not afterwards like in many games, so picking up a pencil while holding cards is a bit cumbersome.

Didn’t think ofthe run… But then again, why stop the run? After you play the 3…
Opponent: 2 (run of 4 - 4 points)
You: A (run of 5 - 5 points, plus one for last card).

Final score: You - 24, Opponent - 12.

However, if you want the greater spread, stick with the end of round scenario.