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Cribbage Solitaire

Game info: Non-Builders games type; 1 deck (52 cards); no redeal

  • Game time: Quick
  • Difficulty level: Medium
  • Skill level: Moderate
  • Chance of winning: Medium (about 1 in 8); 12.5%

Object of the game: To reach the highest score possible.

Solitaire Rules

  • The rules of this solitaire are derived from the famous and old Cribbage card game.

  • Six cards are dealt face up (the Hand) and two face down (the Crib).

  • Look at the Hand and lay away two cards to the Crib.

  • Turn up the next card from the stock for the Starter.

  • Click on the stock to deal a new hand.

  • Each hand includes five cards: four in the Hand and Crib plus one as the Starter.

  • Continue dealing until only four cards remain in the stock. They are scored as a Hand without the Starter.


  • The Hand and the Crib are scored following the Cribbage rules:

Cribbage Solitaire score
Jack, Queen and King counts as 10 each. Numeral cards counts the same as their rank (from Ace =1 to Ten = 10).
Combinations of scoring values are as follows:
Name Description Score
Fifteen Two or more cards that total fifteen.
For example: Queen + 2 + 3; 10 + 2 + 3; 5 + 10.
Pair Two cards of the same rank.
Three cards of the same rank is a Pair royal.
Four cards of the same rank is a Double pair royal.
Run Each combination of three or more cards in sequence. 1 per card
Flush Four cards of the same suit in the Hand.
Four cards in the Hand or the Crib of the same suit as the Starter.
His Nobs Jack of the same suit as the Starter, in the Hand or the Crib. 1


  • 6 7 7 8 9 scores 2 for each distinct combination totaling 15 (6 + 9; 7 + 8; 7 + 8); 2 for the pair of Sevens, and 4 for each run of four (6 7 8 9 and 6 7 8 9). A total of 16.

    A hand of 6, 7, 7, 8, 8 scores 24. There are four fifteens (each eight with each seven) for 8; four runs of three (6, 7, 8 four times) for 12; plus two pairs for 4. A total of 24.


  • Each separate grouping of cards which total fifteen, make a pair or run score separately.

  • The highest possible hand (29 points) is: J, 5, 5, 5 with Starter the 5 of the same suit as the Jack. There are four fifteens by combining the Jack with a five (4 x 2 = 8); four fifteens by combining the three Fives (4 x 2 = 8); a Double pair royal counts as 12; His Nobs adds 1 to the total for the maximum score of 29.

  • Object of the game is to make the highest possible total score. A score of 81 is considered to be a win.

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