# How to get 4 fives in cribbage

## Beginner's Guide to Cribbage

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BASICS OF THE GAME OF CRIBBAGE

In this Instructable, I am going to walk you through the basics of the game of cribbage. To get started, you'll need a deck of cards and a cribbage board, both of which are available at your Walmart for less than \$ 15.

Subject of the game

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

Description of the cribbage board

A standard cribbage board usually has 3 different colors on the front with 121 holes of each color. It also contains three pens of each color that are kept in a small compartment on the back of the board. A pen is used to keep track of the points you have scored throughout the game.

### Step 1: the basics

The basics
To play a game of cribbage you need at least two people, but it can have three or four people. Here are some guidelines depending on the number of players:
1. Two people: The dealer deals six cards each (see illustration below).
2. Three people: The dealer deals five cards at a time, then one to the side (see illustration below).
3. Four people: The dealer deals five cards, each facing one another (see illustration below).

To see who is doing business, first put the entire deck of cards in front of everyone and then everyone cuts from the same pile. Whoever cuts the lowest card wins the deal first. This is very important when it comes 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:

Take the cards and sort them from smallest to largest (Ace is smallest and King is largest).

You don't necessarily have to fix them, but I always find it easier to count the dots in my hand when I do.

### Step 3:

The scoring system: basic hands
• All cards that add up to a total of 15.
• Pairs (two of the same card)
• Flushes (four or more of the same suit)
• Three of a kind
• Runs of 3 or more (runs are cards in numerical order)
These hands are all pictured below. These are just a few examples of what you might have.

### Step 4:

Determine which combination of cards scores the most points, since you will have to discard two of them when six cards are dealt and one of them when five cards are dealt, leaving you with four

### Step 5:

Discard two cards that you are not going to use in your hand. These discards are placed face down on a pile in front of the dealer, which is known as a crib. The crib is a four card hand made up of discards which the dealer counts for extra points at the end of the hand.

For example, I would get rid of the 9 and the queen so that I could get the most points out of that hand. I'll explain the points in the next hand.

### Step 6:

After discarding, the game can begin. The person who is left of the dealer or two players, the person who did not act, cuts off the remaining deck of cards and the dealer removes the top card from the cut deck of cards. The cut card, known as the cut card, is placed on top of the remaining deck, where it comes into play later in the game. Now the person who is left from the dealer or in a two-player game, the person who did not act, discards the first card face down from the hand they are holding. When laying the first card, that person must disclose the face value of that card. Everything has a face value of up to ten, with Jack, Queen, and King also having a face value of ten. Usually, you want to start by discarding the highest card in your hand.

### Step 7:

After the first person lies down and announces the face value, it is the person to their left or the dealer. In a two-person game, that person puts down one of their cards to add up to 15 for two points. Another way to get two points on discard is to discard the same card immediately after discarding the last card (e.g. two after two). Another option is to discard a card in a three-way run (for example, one person puts a 7, the other a 6, and the other an 8), which would result in the person saying 21 for three and then pinning three dots on the board. The last way to get points when you drop is to add up to 31. This is the highest number anyone can add up.

### Step 8:

Repeat step 7, putting cards back and forth and adding cards until you reach 31 or cannot walk, if the person who laid the last card before the other person couldn't leave gives a point to try gets. After the person tries, the person who couldn't walk before (without going over 31) starts over and puts another card face up from their hand.

### Step 9:

Once all of the cards have been discarded, it is time to count your hand again. To start counting your hand you first need to determine the different ways a card can add up to 15. If you have 15 seconds you have to say 15 for 2, and if you have more than one combination that results in 15 then you say 15 for 4 and so on until you finish counting your 15 combos. You also need to determine if you have pairs, runs, or threesomes.

To count this hand pictured below I would first say 15 for 2 (6, 5, 4), 15 for 4 (6, 5, other 4), 15 for 6 (9, 6), two runs of three, and a pair for a total of 14 points. Then you would poke 14 holes in the board.

If you cut the cards at the beginning of the game and cut a jack instead of a nine or other card, the person who cuts that jack will get two points for cutting the jack.

### Step 10:

The person who didn't act or the person to the left of the dealer counts their hand first and goes back to the dealer. The aforementioned cut card comes into play and can be used to get more points in your hand. If the dealer is counting his main hand, remember that the dealer will also have the crib or any cards discarded at the start of the hand for further points to be counted now.

The crib is at the bottom left of the hand. We counted that hand in the last step, so we had 14 points in that hand. After that, the crib is turned over and counted and as you can see in the next photo we only have one pair for 2 points.

### Step 11:

Once the count is over, this process starts over, but the person on the left or the person who didn't act last time starts the next hand. This process will continue until either player gets a total of 121 points or more, which completes the game.