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August 21, 2012 > Cribbage Club Starts New Season

Cribbage Club Starts New Season

Submitted By Tracy Yott & Marty Froomin

Cribbage, or "crib" for short, is a popular British pub game. The game originated by the English poet Sir John Suckling in 17th century England. It holds a special place among American submariners, serving as an "official" pastime. The wardroom of the oldest active submarine in the United States Pacific Fleet carries World War II submarine commander and Medal of Honor winner RADM Dick O'Kane's personal cribbage board on board, and upon decommissioning, it is transferred to the next oldest boat.

Starting its 27th season, the American Cribbage Congress (ACC) Grass Roots Club #43 has thrived since its charter in early 1987. The club holds a nine-game tournament every Wednesday evening where each player faces nine random opponents. The Grass Roots points system allows for rating players locally, regionally and nationally during the official season which consists of 36 tournaments between Sept. 1 and May 31.

Cribbage can be played by 2 to 4 people. Our weekly tournaments are two-person play. To play cribbage you need a standard deck of 52 playing cards and a cribbage board for keeping score. Points are scored for card combinations that add up to fifteen, and for pairs, triples, quadruples, runs and flushes.

The game is divided into two distinct rounds: one playing round and one scoring round. The winner is the first person to peg 121 points. A win is worth two game points and a "skunk" (beating your opponent by 31 our more holes) is worth three game points.

Celebrating its first complete year, the beginners club has introduced tournament style cribbage to over a dozen players on Tuesday evenings. These minor leaguers play games against opponents of equal skill while veteran players offer playing tips and teach strategies during play. They also learn the rules that govern tournament play and differences from playing at home. Ten of those players have since joined the American Cribbage Congress ( and the Grass Roots Club #43. It's a great place to make new friends and enjoy one of the best 2-handed card games in the world.

Roy Kaufmann of San Leandro started the 2011-2012 season with a bang by winning all nine games (known as a Grand Slam) of the first official tournament with a repeat "Grand Slam" performance late in the season. But it was Charlie Dunn of South San Francisco who finished the season as Club Champion with 271 points. Roy finished in second place with 221 points, followed by Bill Wakeman (San Lorenzo) with 217 points, Bob Christopher (Oakland) with 178 points and Farokh Ziari (Fremont) with 161 points.

ACC Grass Roots Club #43 welcomes all players of any skill level to join us. Tuesdays evenings are open to everyone while Wednesdays are for intermediate to advanced players capable of playing a game in 15 - 20 minutes. For more information, email or call Tracy Yott at (510) 793-6472. Or simply show up any Tuesday before 6:15 p.m. at Round Table Pizza (Centerville), 37480 Fremont Blvd., Fremont.

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