At our Saturday, Oct. 26, cribbage tournament we had a large field of 16 players, including Patrick Benson from North Lake Tahoe, Mike Nesbit from Quincy and Beverly Castillo and Ray Peterson, both from Reno.
The day got off to a rocky start as the box of boards, cards and other stuff we use to play did not make it to Gumba’s Family Pizza. The players scrounged up eight boards and decks of cards and made up a makeshift 9-game score card to record each player’s wins and losses. It was a panic situation but Yankee ingenuity prevailed and the tournament went off as planned. However, that said, using a variety of boards did pose a challenge and some players found themselves pegging backwards and jumping tracks since they were playing on a different type of board each time they moved on to a new opponent. We even had a cribbage board in the shape of the number 29 that looked identical to the one shown in the heading of this article each week!
Peterson took first place with a perfect 19 game points by winning all nine games. This was the second “Grand Slam” in just three weeks so there wasn’t a lot accumulated in the Grand Slam/29-Hand side pot.
Nesbit came in second with a nice 16/7 score and Lee Davis took third with a 14/6 scoring day and Doug Hart snagged fourth with a 12/6 score.
Dave Boynton had the only 4-of-a-kind and won that side pot that had rolled over for three straight weeks. There were several 24-hands dealt during the day for the day with Betson getting the last one to win the 24-Hand Pot.
The Graeagle Peggers Grassroots Cribbage Club meets at Gumba’s Pizza in Blairsden every Saturday for a nine-game tournament. Check-in is at 10:45 a.m. and play begins at 11.The American Cribbage Congress sanctions the tournaments that qualify when we field enough contestants each week.
For more information or questions, contact me, Doug Rodrigues, the club’s director at 836-4254. Players of all skill levels are welcome!