Enter the card ID's and click Calculate. The first card is the starter card. Pegging will show the score of the last card played.

Each hand determines how many points you will have which we will get into later in this Instructable. Description of Cribbage board A standard cribbage board usually comes with 3 different colors on the face of it with 121 holes in each color. It also contains three pegs of each color which are kept in the back of the board in a small compartment. Cribbage 29 hand - the best hand The highest score is 29 (555J in hand with the starter 5 of the same suit as the Jack - for 'One For His Nob'). The odds of getting a 29 Cribbage hand are 1 in 216,580. How to calculate 29 hand probability? - the best cribbage hand.



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  • 29 Points - 5D,5C,5S,JH,5H Hand
  • 12 Points - 5D,5C,6S,7H,8H Hand
  • 20 Points - 7D,7C,8S,7H,8H Hand
  • 10/6 Points - 5C,5D,5D,JD,5D HandCrib *Note Hand and Crib are different
  • 5 Points - 6D,4C,5S,7H,8H Pegging


The starter

The player on the dealer's left cuts the undealt portion of the deck (leaving at least 4 cards), and the dealer reveals the top card, called the 'starter' or the 'cut', placing it on top of the deck face up. (It is illegal to peek at any other cards in the deck during this process.) If this card is a Jack, the dealer scores two points for 'his heels', also known as 'his nibs', or simply 'nibs'. The game can end on a cut of a Jack for the dealer.

The play (Pegging)


In addition to scoring one or two points for the last card, players score points according to the following rules:

  • fifteen-twos
    • two points for a cumulative total of exactly fifteen ('fifteen two')
  • runs
    • three points for completing a run of three cards, regardless of the order in which they are laid (a 6, then a 4, then a 5 is a run of three even though they were not laid in order)
    • four points for completing a run of four
    • five points for completing a run of five
    • six points for completing a run of six
    • seven points for completing the run of seven; e.g. playing 2, 4, 6, A, 3, 5 and 7
  • pairs
    • two points for laying a card of the same rank as the previous card, thus completing a pair
    • six points for laying a third card of the same rank (a 'pair royal' or 'trips')
    • twelve points for laying a fourth card of the same rank (a 'double pair royal' or 'quad')

The show

Once the play is complete, each player in turn receives points based on the content of their hand. Starting with the player on the dealer's left, players spread out their cards on the playing surface and calculate their score based on these four cards and the starter card:

  • fifteen-twos
    • two points for each separate combination of two or more cards totalling exactly fifteen
  • runs
    • three points for a run of three consecutive cards (regardless of suit)
    • four points for completing a run of four
    • five points for completing a run of five
  • pairs
    • two points for a pair of cards of a kind
    • six points for three cards of a kind (known as a 'pair royal', comprising three distinct pairs)
    • twelve points for four cards of a kind (a 'double pair royal', comprising six distinct pairs)
  • flush
    • four points for a flush, where all four cards in the hand are of the same suit, with an additional point if the starter card is also of that suit.
    • one point for holding the Jack of the same suit as the starter card ('one for his nob' or '.. his nobs' )
    • unlike the dealer's own hand, the crib cannot score a four-card flush, but it can score a five-card flush with the starter.


What is the highest possible scoring hand?

Best Cribbage Hand Possible

29 points. Four Fives and a Jack Card. The four Fives create a 'double pair royal' giving 12 points. The Fives and the Jack create eight different ways to form fifteen giving 16 points. The Jack's suit matches the starter card awarding 'his nobs' for 1 point. This creates a total of 29 points and the best hand possbile in Cribbage. The odd of getting this hand is 1:216,580!

Can you score 27, 26, or 25 points with a hand in Cribbage?

No. There are no combinations that can score 27, 26, or 25 points.

When was Cribbage invented?


Over 500 years ago in the 17th centry. According to John Aubrey, the English poet Sir John Sucking created Cribbage.

What is the average Crib score?

The Crib scores 4.5 points on average.

What is the average Hand score?

The Hand scores 8 points on average.


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Traditional Cribbage is a card game that has been around since the 17th Century. It involves creating hands composed of pairs, runs, flushes, and sums to 15. Here at eCribbage.com, you can play 2 player, 3 player, and 4 player games. You can also play teams, muggins, and jokers.

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How to play (2 player):

The players cut to see who gets the first 'crib'. Players are dealt 6 cards each, and both have to discard 2 cards into the crib. Then a community card is cut that will play for both hands in the show. If a jack is cut for the cut card, the player with the crib immediately gets 2 points. (This is called His Nobs). Now on to the play:

The play

Players take turns playing (pegging) their cards one at a time and announcing the total sum of the cards. Face cards count for 10. If the sum is equal to 15 or 31, that player gets 2 points. If the player forms a pair, they get 2 points. A triple pair is worth 6 points, and a quadruple pair is worth 12 points. If either player forms a run of 3 or more, they get to claim that many points as well. Runs do not necessarily have to be played in order. For example if 4,7,5,6 was played, whoever laid the 6 would get to claim a run for 4 points.

You are not allowed to play a card to make a sum over 31, so if you play to 28 and your opponent only has cards of over 3, they will say GO and you will continue to play as many cards as you can up to 31. You also claim one point for playing the last card of every trick. Whoever played the last card in the trick, their opponent starts the next trick. When all cards have been played, you move on to the show.

The show

The show is where you count all the hands up. The player that does not have the crib counts first, then the player with the crib counts their hand, and then finally the crib is counted. Scores count for the following:

  • 2 points for every pair
  • 3 points for every run of 3.
  • 4 points for every run of 4.
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  • 5 points for a run of 5.
  • 2 points for each sum to 15.
  • 4 points for a flush
  • 1 additional point for a 5 card flush.
  • 1 point for 'His Heels', if you have a jack and the suit matches the cut card.

  • How to play (3 player):

    3 player crib is very similar to 2 player crib except players are dealt 5 cards each instead of 6. They only throw one card each to the crib, and one card is taken off the top of the deck and placed in the crib.

    eCribbage.com also provides the variant where the dealer (the player with the crib) can deal themself 6 cards, and the rest of the players 5. The dealer throws 2 cards to their crib, and the rest of the players throw 1 card to the crib.

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    How to play (4 player):

    4 player crib is very similar to 2 player crib except players are dealt 5 cards each instead of 6. Every player throws one card to the crib. The play goes clockwise through all players. There is also a 2 vs 2, team cribbage game that is described on the team cribbage page.

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