Some features of the game cribbage include the “crib” — cards dealt face-down in the center of the table — which belongs to the dealer, and a wooden scoring board where pegs are placed to keep score. Two to five players can play a hand of cribbage, and the goal is to score 121 points.
One unique feature of cribbage is the crib which gives the game its name. The dealer distributes cards face down (the number of cards depends on the number of players). All players select “lay away” cards and place them in the crib (center of the table). Different stages of a cribbage game have phases such as “play,” “go” and “pegging."
During the play phase, players in turn show one card at a time. As a player reveals a card, he announces the running total of all cards shown. Face cards count ten each and aces one, and all other cards count at face value. The running number of the card values can’t total more than 31. When a player can’t reveal a card without going over 31, he calls “go.” Other players must then reveal cards without going over 31. If a player hits 31 exactly, he scores two points.
The scoring or “pegging” board has four rows of 30 holes each and four colored pegs in two different colors. As a player’s score increases, he advances the pegs to display his new total. Various combinations of cards also score points. For instance, each combination that totals 15 and pairs score two points. Runs of three or more cards in sequence score one point for each card.