Thursday, December 20, 2012

Cribbage Strategy - Test Your Pegging I.Q.

Looking for a way to pass the time between games of cribbage? How about playing a game about cribbage!

This week we've got a quiz for you to test your pegging instincts. We've scoured hundreds of thousands of cribbage games to analyze the pegging potential of each cribbage hand. How well does your intuition agree with our data?

Chose your role (Dealer or Pone), and your strategy (Offense: score as many points as possible; Defense: keep your opponent's pegging as low as possible; or Net Points: maximize your points while minimizing your opponent's).

Have a question about one of our answers? Can't figure out why 5-K-K-K is such a lousy pegging hand for dealer? Send us an email or comment below, and we'll give more detail on your question in a future blog post.

Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Aaron Harsh continuing the series on cribbage strategy and tips. Aaron lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Stacy and daughter Audrey. He spends his evenings analyzing cribbage strategy for Fuller Systems, and his days analyzing television viewership for Rentrak Corporation's Advanced Media & Information group. You can play him on Cribbage Pro Online as user "aaronhars", or in person at American Cribbage Congress grassroots club #28 (Oregon's Finest).

3 comments:

  1. How can the hand average less than it counts? 3,5,7,10 is 4 pts.

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    1. Aaron may also reply, but I'm fairly sure the points shown here are all about points earned during the play of the cards in question and not the points for the hand scoring. Many questions in this "quiz" have hands that score much more than what you would score during the pegging phase. When you read the description after you answer you will see it says "When dealer plays..."

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  2. Yes, pegging points only, I think.

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