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How to play Cribbage

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Learn the rules to the 2-player card game Cribbage quickly and concisely – This video has no distractions, just the rules. While there are many variations to Cribbage, this video covers the original base rules.

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0:00 – Objective
0:15 – Setup
0:48 – The Crib
1:03 – The Start Card
1:22 – Pegs
1:58 – Start
2:27 – Pip Values
2:42 – Example of Play
3:28 – Out of Cards
3:43 – Scoring Points
4:43 – The Show
5:10 – Points
6:02 – End of Play
6:30 – To Win

The object of this 2-player card game is to be the first player to score 121 or more points over several deals. Setup. Place out the pegboard for keeping score. Place 2 pegs of each color into the 0 or resting spots on the board. Using a standard 52 card deck of playing cards with King high and ace low, each player cuts the deck and the player with the lowest card is the first dealer. The dealer shuffles the deck, the non-dealer cuts, then the dealer deals 6 cards, one at a time, to each player. The dealer places the deck face down on the table. Players pick up and look at their own cards but keep them hidden from their opponents.

Each player chooses two cards to discard face down to form the crib. These four cards are set aside until the end of the hand. The crib will count for the dealer. The non-dealer then cuts the deck, allowing the dealer to take the top card from the remaining, then puts the cut back on top and the dealer then flips the pulled card faceup on top of the deck. This is called the start card. If the start card is a jack. Then the dealer immediately pegs 2 holes.

“Pegs” or “Pegging” means to score. Each player has 2 pegs, 1 peg represents their current score while the other represents their old score. Each hole represents 1 point. To score, move your farthest back peg in front of your current score peg by the number of points scored. Traditionally pegs travel down the outside of the board then travel back on the inside of the board, looping around twice to track 120 points.

Beginning with the non-dealer, the players take turns playing single cards. You play cards from your hand to a face-up pile in front of yourself, keeping them separate from the other player’s cards. In this stage of the game the combined total pip value of the cards played by both players is counted, starting from zero and adding the value of each card as it is played. This total must not exceed 31. The pip values are:

Aces are worth 1
Numbered cards are worth their face value
And Face cards are worth 10

As each card is played, the player announces the running total – for example the non-dealer plays a king and says “10”, the dealer plays an 8 and says “18”, the non-dealer plays a jack and says “28”, and so on.

A player who cannot play without exceeding 31 does not play a card but instead says “Go”, allowing his opponent to continue playing if possible. When no more cards can be played without going over 31, the count is restarted from zero.

The cards that have been played are turned face down and a new round starts with the player who said “Go”. Players use the remaining cards in the their hands. This process repeats until all the cards have been played. It is possible for one player to run out of cards before their opponent. In this case, the other player continues playing and scoring until all their cards have been played.

Players score points in the following ways:
If you are the player to say “Go”, you score 1 point.
Playing the last card in a round that doesn’t equal 31 gives you 1 point.
Playing a card to get the total exactly to 15 or 31 scores you 2 points.
Playing the same ranked card as the previously played card is called a pair and scores you 2 points. Playing a 3rd matching card in this way is called a “pair royal” and scores you 6 points. Playing a 4th matching card in this way is called a “double pair royal” and scores you 12 points.
Playing a card that creates or continues a run of 3 or more cards of consecutive rank gives you points equal to the number of cards in that run. The cards in the run do not have to be played in the exact consecutive order to count. But If another card is played interrupting the run before it is complete, then no points are scored.

Once all the cards have been played, each player, starting with the non-dealer, scores…


  1. Who invents all these hyper complicated games like this and bridge. They must have been really bord. No need to be this complex to have a fun card game

  2. Great tutorial! My sister and I had a great nite playing cribbage. Thank you ❤️

  3. In cribbage if you cut before the deal that' a two hole penalty

  4. Imagine what this smells like: Over at city hall we have cribbage game and boiled chicken dinner every Tuesday night. Some idiot dummped his whole chicken dinner down the toilet. Then tried to flush it causing an overflow at city hall that went down the steps and out in to the street even. What a mess we had on our hands.

  5. Definitely a clear, concise step by step description that is easy to understand. Thank you.

  6. Dont you also score 2 pts for 15s in play like you do in the crib ?

  7. Can you explain “reminder, you may not score a flush, or, 1 for his knob when playing cards.” I understood everything but this portion. Is this referring to the portion when counting to 31? Thanks in advance.

  8. Cribbage is a complicated game that sounds like it was invented by two kids going "I played a 2, you played a 4, then I played a 3, so that's a run, and I score," and the other kid going "well, my jack is the same suit as the flipped card, so I score," and back and forth until they couldn't come up with any more ridiculous ways to score points, then eventually grew up and were like, "remember that stupid game we used to play as kids? well, I found the paper where I scribbled down all the ridiculous ways to score. want to play?"

  9. Thanks for clear concise rules and visuals!

  10. Thanks for clear concise rules and visuals!

  11. Thanks for clear concise rules and visuals!

  12. Very good description of the game. Unfortunately I wasn't born with enough brain cells to play this game ☹️

  13. Learning to play this for when I'm up with my grandparents

  14. Excellent explanation thank you! One to your nob!

  15. Perfect tutorial. Thank you very much.

  16. I’ve been wanting to teach my friends cribbage, but now i don’t have to! Thank you so much for this clear and concise video 🙂

  17. Can you share the name of the deck you are using here? My son really likes these, and I'd like to purchase as a gift. Thanks for a great tutorial.

  18. I watched twice and still don't get where all the cards come from. Only the first deal — of six cards, with two discarded — is described. What triggers additional deals, and of how many cards?
    I have fond memories of playing cribbage with my grandfather, but had no memory at all of how complicated the game is. I don't need a wooden board to do the scoring — I need a computer to tell me how to score!

  19. This was the best thanks🎉

  20. I grew up with cribbage and know the rules like the back of my hand (I'm younger than you'd think), but I now see the oddity of the game the moment I hear the objective of the game be stated by points instead of relative to the cribbage board. 121 certainly feels arbitrary, as does the scoring if you're unfamiliar

  21. We watched several Learn to Play Cribbage videos, and this was by far the easiest to follow. Thank you!

  22. Thanks for posting this refresher course (for me, anyway).
    In England, certainly in many local village pubs, cribbage is/was a serious competitive business as well as a fun game, or it was when I was younger.
    Pubs had Crib Teams and played in leagues, just as darts and pool teams do.
    My local had a team of "old boys" already and a group of us younger crowd wanted to start another team. Sadly the landlords didn't want two teams. We still kept playing for fun though, there was probably enough of us who enjoyed the game, that we could probably have fielded 3 or 4 teams in total.
    So much for the Numpties in the comments section who think it's a kids game!

  23. beautifully succinct. 

    one of the best "how to play cribbage" videos I've watched on youtube. Thank you for this video.

  24. I love playing & teaching friends how to play cribbage. I learned how to play as a teenager with my Dad. I taught my son & he taught his wife when they were dating. This video is helpful for me to share with anyone that wants to learn a great game.

  25. This was succinct and orderly. Great teaching 🎉

  26. I think you'll find pegging has another meaning 😏

  27. Cribbage can be played by 2, 3 or 4 players and is equally good for all those numbers. The game is quite complicated but not difficult. Luck of the deal and turn-up card ultimately determines the good and bad hands. The skill involved is discarding to the crib and the play up to 31 which makes the game such a moderate challenge.

  28. The best two handed card game on the planet..

  29. This was a brilliant description, thank you! Very helpful video

  30. "Holes getting pegged"
    "One for his knob"

    I think I might need to try Cribbage….


  32. Карти можуть "переміщуватися"

  33. Cribbage is a boring game, play Canasta now that is a real game that takes a great deal of skill.

  34. Man…I am too drunk and high for this!!!

  35. Since we only play once every few years, this was a helpful reminder. Thank you!

  36. I was following it well until a certain point, and then that's it, got lost. Too much information, and I could not organize the details in a logical order.

  37. Is there a possibility of not getting points in a hand?

  38. Awesome video but one thing my friends board (i dont have one) has three rows of dif colors is it able to be played eith three players or something?? Or is it nor really a cribbage board

  39. Added to my Non-Bridge Trick Taking Card Games playlist today.

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