At our Saturday, July 27, cribbage tournament we had a nice group of 14 players. The contestants offered their thanks to Darlene Pekovich who opted to not play if we had an uneven number of players since that results in a bit of a longer day of play, having one person sit out a game during the 9-game tournament.
We had one of our regular visitors from the Reno club, Ron Morgan and one guest, Ed Harrison from Blairsden, and he played his fourth tournament so he is now “on his own.” New players are given a four-week grace period which is when other players in the club help them with some of the nuisances of the game like card selection, pegging and counting their scores after each and identifying any points they might have missed — all, of course, in the spirit of fun while learning the game.
Back to the action: I, Doug Rodrigues, the column’s author and club director, took first place with 16 games points earned with seven wins. Steve Frank was a close second with a 15/7 scorecard on the day.
Lee Davis took third with a 14/7 tally and fourth place went to Doug Hart with posting a 11/5 card.
There were five 24-hands posted by Keith Nelson, Dave Boynton, Jan Cook and two by Brad Archer from Reno. He got the last one to win the 24-Hand Pot.
There were only two 4-of-a-kind hands dealt during the tournament, one to Doug Hart and the other to Eddie Garrish from Quincy. Doug’s hand was actually in his crib, which is very unusual. Eddie drew a 3 and Doug drew a queen to win the 4-of-a-Kind Pot.
Everybody chipped in an extra $1 for a chance to win one of the cribbage boards donated by the VFW in Portola. Any player that held a scoreless hand (called a “19 hand”) or a scoreless crib put their name on a sheet of paper with the winner to be drawn at the end of play. At the end of the day we had a whopping 56 scoreless hands. We had one of the waitresses at Gumba’s draw the winning name and it was Eddie Garrish. We still have a few of the boards left and would be willing to part with one for a minimum donation of $20.
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 a.m. Since it is the summer season, these contests are not sanctioned by the American Cribbage Congress. But, it is a great time to join the group and learn more about the great game of cribbage.
For more information or questions, contact me, Doug Rodrigues, the club’s director at 836-4254. Players of all skill levels are welcome!