Grand National XXIII

A group of cribbage players from England will be our special guests during this Grand National XXIII tournament. As a special tribute to our pegging partners from across the Atlantic, we will hold the Sir John Suckling Special cribbage tournament on Thursday evening, September 16. English 5-card rules will be in effect for this tournament. Registration will be from 6:30 until 7:45 p.m. Play will begin at 8 p.m., after an introduction of our English guests. This will be a 9-game tournament against 9 opponents.

The "official" Five Card Cribbage rules that are used in the league in which the British players participate will govern this tournament. The complete set of rules can be found at the following web site:

If you want more information about the British league that will be represented in the US in September, just click on the Salisbury and District Licensed Houses Cribbage League section at the end of the display at the site noted above.

The major differences between the Five Card Cribbage played in England and our Six Card Cribbage are provided below.

Five Card CribbageSix Card Cribbage
Deal 5 cards per playerDeal 6 cards per player
61 points constitute a game121 points constitute a game
Loser of initial cut for deal scores 3 ptsLoser of initial cut for deal scores 0 pts
In play of the cards, play stops after the first 31 or when both players say "go"In play of the cards, play stops after both players have played all of their cards

Same for both versions of Cribbage

Rank/value of the cards
Two-card discard to the crib by each player
Starter card is cut after both players have discarded to the crib
Two points are scored for His Heels (cut jack)
Flushes score one point per card:
  all cards in hand must be same suit;
  all cards in crib AND starter card must be same suit
Runs score one point per card - 3 card minimum - hand or crib

Additional note: In the Five Card version, since players' hands contain only 3 cards, some combinations we commonly see in the Six Card version are impossible. For example, you cannot have a double-double run.
 Tournament Director

 Terry Weber

 Past GN Champions

 2017 - Lincoln City, OR

 2016 - Bethesda, MD

 2015 - Yankton, SD

 2014 - Phoenix, AZ

 2013 - Atlanta, GA

 2012 - Appleton, WI

 2011 - Reno, NV

 2010 - Virginia Beach, VA

 2009 - Grand Rapids, Michigan

 2008 - Portland, Oregon

 2007 - Portland, Maine

 2006 - Wisconsin Rapids

 2005 - Lincoln City

 2004 - Atlanta

 2003 - Sioux Falls

 2002 - Lake Tahoe