Wikipedia describes cribbage as:
Cribbage, or crib, is a card game traditionally for two players, but commonly played with three, four or more, that involves playing and grouping cards in combinations which gain points.
Some things you may or may not know about cribbage board games or could care less!
Rumor has it the game was invented by a 17th century poet.
It was actually a spin off of another game that was similar but not the same, it has gone by the wayside and cribbage remains.
If you are skilled enough and lucky enough to get 29 guess what you just scored the highest possible hand in the game! Celebrate your good fortune it is not easy to do!
Since the crib can change with each deal there is always a chance for a win so it is not over until it is over!
Cribbage and submariners
The game was extremely popular with sailors on board submarines.
Which makes perfect sense they would need something to occupy their down time (pun intended) and the perfect solution would be a friendly (or not so) game of cribbage.
A game that requires a small space, easy to learn and a great way to past the time.
In the image at the right -
(USS Los Angeles (SSN 688) Commanding Officer Cmdr. Steven Harrison (left) passes on the “Dick O’Kane cribbage board” to USS Bremerton (SSN 698) Commanding Officer Cmdr. Howard Warner during a departure ceremony held at the Naval Station Pearl Harbor submarine pier.
The guardianship of the cribbage board is traditionally held by the oldest submarine in the Pacific Fleet. Los Angeles departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor Jan. 14 2010, for her final voyage to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for inactivation.)
So there are some facts, now invest in a game (doesn’t take much) of your own, gather around the kitchen table with friends or loved ones and have a enjoyable time.
Some entry level cribbage tips for beginners:
It is wise not to lead with a 10 or 5 card, in doing so your opponent has an opportunity to score 15-2.
When possible lead from a pair, if your opponent plays the matching card you can follow with your own giving you a 6 points for a pair royal
Toss good cards to your own crib, as an example pairs, two cards in sequence, or 5s.
If it's the opponent's crib, discard your least valuable cards. Avoid giving them any cards that make easy 15s, such as 5s, or ten-cards.
When approaching your end game, hang on to low cards and don't discard them. You'll have more opportunities to score points for go.