Rules of Cribbage

Objective: The objective of cribbage is to be the first player to reach 121 points.

Players: Cribbage is a two-player game.

Cards: Cribbage is played with a standard 52-card deck. The cards have the following point values:

- Aces count as one point
- Face cards (Kings, Queens, and Jacks) count as ten points each
- All other cards count as their face value (for example, a six of hearts is worth six points)


1. Each player is dealt six cards. The players then select two cards to discard to the "crib," a separate pile of cards that belongs to neither player.

2. The non-dealer cuts the deck, and the dealer reveals the top card. This card is known as the "starter" and is used later in the game.

3. The player who is not dealing plays the first card. Players take turns playing cards, trying to create combinations that add up to 15 or to play pairs, triples, or runs. The player who plays the last card that makes the total exactly 31 earns a point.

4. After both players have played all of their cards, they score their hands. Players earn points for pairs, runs, and combinations that add up to 15. The dealer then scores the crib, using the same rules.

5. The game continues with each player taking turns dealing and playing until one player reaches 121 points or more.


- Pairs: Two cards of the same rank score two points.
- Runs: Three or more cards of consecutive rank score one point per card. For example, a three-card run (4-5-6) scores three points.
- Fifteens: Any combination of cards that adds up to 15 scores two points.
- Flush: If all four cards in a player's hand (not including the crib) are the same suit, the player scores four points. If the starter card is also the same suit, the player scores five points.
- Nobs: If a player has a Jack in their hand that matches the suit of the starter card, they score one point.

These are the basic rules of cribbage. There are many variations and additional rules that can be added to the game to make it more interesting and challenging.