Cribbage in England is primarily a pub game - indeed, it is one of the few games allowed by Statute to be played in a public house for small stakes. A game of low animal cunning where players must balance a number of different objectives, remain quic...
Cribbage in England is primarily a pub game - indeed, it is one of the few games allowed by Statute to be played in a public house for small stakes. A game of low animal cunning where players must balance a number of different objectives, remain quick witted enough to recognise combinations, and be able to add up, it is perhaps not the most obvious of games to be so firmly associated with the English pub. It is a game where experience counts for a great deal - though luck, of course, has a large part.
It is also a game where etiquette is important. The rituals associated with cutting and dealing, playing and pegging, and the terminology, all serve the useful purpose of keeping things in order - and they help to give the game a flavour of its own. In card playing, as with food, authenticity matters...
Cribbage is basically a two player game, but can be played with 4 players as teams of 2 players each. This Cribbage board has three tracks and allows the play of 3 players. This cut throat game for three is explained below.
Three Game Cribbage: Cribbage board can be used when playing with two or three players. Each player uses a track. Once around from start to finish is the game. The basic game play and scoring is the same as in the two player game with the following exceptions. Each player is dealt 5 cards and one card is dealt to the "Crib". Each player discards one card to the "Crib" The player to the left of the dealer cuts the deck for the "starter" and leads first. Play continues clockwise. When one player calls "go", the other two must play in turn as many cards as they are able. The player to the left of the dealer scores his hand first, then the next player and finally the dealer's hand and dealer's crib.
Ages: 8 and up.
Pegs sold separately. Deck of cards also required.