Sir John Suckling, an English poet, was the inventor of cribbage. It’s a 400-year-old card game that evolved from “Noddy,” an English card game. It is a two-player card game that utilizes a standard 52-card deck.

The goal of cribbage is to reach 121 or 61 points first. In cribbage, cards are rated from highest to lowest, with Kings being the highest and Aces being the lowest. Cribbage, unlike other card games, is played on a board with pegs.

Game set up

On the Cribbage board, the players’ three pegs start at 0. To choose who will be the first dealer, the deck is shaken, and each player chooses a card at random.

The first Dealer is the player who has the lowest card value.

After that, the Dealer distributes six cards to each player. A crib is made by each player discarding two cards.

How to play

Players usually have two pegs. They score points in the three rounds of Peg, Counting, and Crib to advance their pegs ahead on the board alternately. So let’s dive into each one to see how to play them:


To reduce the hand to four cards, each player looks at their six cards and lays aside two of them face down.

The crib comprises four cards put on top of each other. The dealer gets to count the points in the rib after their own hand, during the counting round. One difference is that, in the crib, a flush can only score if it includes the beginning card.


The goal of the game is to get points through pegging. Players earn points by laying down their cards in turn.

The non-dealer shuffles the remaining deck and chooses one card at random for the Counting and Crib rounds. It’s essential for keeping track of the order in which cards are dealt in order to assess whether a “foreign card” has disrupted what appears to be a sequence or a run.


The order to count the three hands when the game is over is non-hand dealer’s first, dealer’s hand second, and crib third.

The combination is essential because, at the end of a game, the non-dealer can “count out” and win before the dealer can count, even though the dealer’s total would have been higher than the opponent’s.

The following are the fundamental score combinations:

  • His nobs
  • Fifteen
  • Flush
  • Pair
  • Run

How to win

The subject of how to win plagues, everyone, learning to play cribbage. Everyone knows that making 121 or 61 points first will make them the winner. But it requires skill and technique. So, here are some pointers:

  • If you’re not the dealer, don’t throw 5s in the crib because any ten-valued card will result in a fifteen.
  • Now, if you’re the dealer, toss related cards into the crib to boost the possibilities of a run in the crib.
  • If you’re not the dealer, try pitching cards that are wide apart into the crib. This combination eliminates the possibility of a run.
  • The secret to scoring huge hands is to get a lot of runs. As a result, avoid breaking up runs.


The game has a long set of rules. The rules in this article mostly apply to the two (2) player cribbage game. So let’s delve into the rules:

  • After shuffling of the deck, each player takes turns cutting the deck. The dealer is the player who draws the lowest card.
  • The non-dealer cuts the deck after the dealer shuffles it once more. The dealer shall deal six (6) cards face down to each player in turn, starting with the non-dealer.
  • Two (2) cards shall be discarded face down into the dealer’s crib by each player. Until it’s time to score and peg cribbage, keep the crib face down.
  • The non-dealer then lays the first card face up, followed by the dealer. If a player scores a point, they should call out and peg. The game will continue until either one of the players gets a count of 31 or both players yell go.
  • The non-dealer then shuffles their cards face up, counts their score, and then pegs it. The dealer then does the same thing with their hand.
  • After that, it’s time to count the crib. To get the 5 points, a crib score can only include a flush if all five crib cards are of the same suit.
  • After you’ve counted up the crib, reshuffle the pack. The game then moves on to the next deal, and so on, until one player has scored more than 61 points.


Cribbage’s longevity is undoubtedly owing to the fact that the rules have stayed virtually unchanged since the 1600s. During this period, though, the game has evolved into various variations of itself. These variants are listed below:

  • Six card cribbage
  • Five card cribbage
  • Seven card cribbage
  • Four handed cribbage
  • Three handed cribbage


Which age of people can play Cribbage?

Cribbage is a game that everyone can play, regardless of age, because of the various variations available.

What is the best variant to start as a novice player?

Five card cribbage is the best for novice players as it is the simplest of them all.

What is the most popular Cribbage?

Two player cribbage is the most popular and commonly played version of it.