Dan Barlow - Tip #19
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Unlike our past articles, this one involves no discussion of
strategy, but you may find it entertaining. As for how much of it is
true, your guess is as good as mine.
Twenty years ago, a few months after my grandfather taught me to
play cribbage, I attempted to concede a game to him. He had two
holes to go, I had twenty-eight, and it was his first count.
"Before you concede," he said, "let me tell you a little story. Back
during World War One, my company held a cribbage tournament, and I
made it to the finals. It was best of five, and with the score tied
at two, I was twenty-six holes from winning, while my opponent was
in the dead hole with first count. I dealt myself 3-4-4-4-7-Q,
and kept the 4-4-4-7, my only hope for a 24 hand.
Before the cut, my opponent said, I've got a pair, in case you
want to concede.
Let's play it out, I told him. He shrugged, and cut the cards -- a J instead of the 4
I needed. I took my two holes, and he led an 8. I
played my 7 for 15, and he played a 4!
No wonder it hadn't been cut! I paired him to make the count 23, and
he said Go! He had a pair of 10s left! Of course I played 27
for six, and 31 for fourteen, winning the game! Now, you can still
concede this game if you want, but..."
"I don't believe a word of that," I told my grandfather, "but I get
the point. Let's play it out." We did, and I actually kept him from
pegging a single hole, before he laid down a 24 hand.
- Text copyright © 2002 by Dan Barlow. All rights reserved.
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