John Chambers - Tip #8
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Before getting into the different board situations a mention will
be made about two strategically important concepts. The first one is
playing your position. The second one is playing the odds.
"Playing your position" means that if you know the averages in
regard to the Play, Hand and Crib and you know what you need to get
into position, then you can determine your strategy. For example,
you are the dealer at hole 100 and your opponent is at hole 104.
Your opponent is the nondealer, has first count and needs 18 holes
to go out. If you are holding an average hand and your opponent led
with a card which you also have, would you pair him? Of course not!
If your opponent came back with a third card, it could give him the
points he needs to go out. By playing your position, you would think
"I've got three hands, that's seven holes a hand including the
pegging. My opponent has only one hand and needs 18 holes to win the
game. I'll try to keep his pegging down and force him to have an
exceptional hand if he wants to win the game. I won't make it easier
for him by pairing."
"Playing the odds" means that you logically calculate the risks
involved, which may at times help your opponent. If you feel that
you can't win or get into position without taking the risk, then by
all means do it.
For example, you are the nondealer at hole 106 and the dealer is at
113. During the Play, the count has reached 15 which the dealer made
with a 2. The dealer is now at 115 and you are still
at hole 106. You have twelve points in your hand which means you
need to peg three. You have a 2 and could pair your
opponent. What should you do? You then realize that the starter card
is also a 2. You take the risk, pair the 2
and it works. He doesn't have another 2. You peg one
more hole and count twelve and out, winning the game because you
played the odds.
In determining you strategy, play your position first. If you don't
have position, then play the odds.
- Republished from Cribbage: A New Concept by
permission. Text copyright © 2002 by John Chambers. All rights
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