Thursday, March 26, 2009

Detecting good cribbage hands...

From Computer Detective:

The best cards to be dealt are fives, because they form fifteens with 10s, Js, Qs, and Ks. The best possible cribbage hand, in fact, is mostly fives: 5 5 5 5 J (worth 28, or 29 if the jack is nobs).starter card will add four points to its value and a 2, 3, or K starter will be worth six more points.crib, try to help yourself by putting something good there–fives are good, pairs, or cards that touch (to form a run). But never break up your hand in hopes of getting a good crib. Your hand is where you need to score most of your points; high-scoring cribs are unusual and require luck or an opponent’s mistake.Double runs should almost always be kept; chances of a quadruple or triple run are high enough to warrant keeping a double run even if you must help your opponent’s crib a bit. An exception would be a hand like 5 5 10 10 9 8, when the best play is to throw the 9 8. Back to Topcrib is a good idea if it doesn’t do much in your hand. The opponent is likely to throw at least one 10 card into your crib on most deals..."

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