Kings for a day at crib tourney

At our tournament last Saturday, Aug. 17, we had nine players with two visitors from the Reno cribbage club, Beverly Castillo and Les Rasmussen.

First-place honors went to Brad Archer with an outstanding 16 game points earned by winning eight out of nine game cards, and Beverly Castillo took second with a 13/6 scorecard. Beverly was the hero of the day beating Brad for his only loss and ruining his chance to claim the Grand Slam/29-Hand Pot which now rolls over.

Keith Nelson from Crescent Mills took third ending the day with a 12/6 score.

There were four 24-hands dealt during the day with Archer getting the first one and also the last one so he won the 24-Hand Pot.

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There were also four 4-of-a-kind hands held that day by Archer, Nelson, Castillo and Ed Harrison. Archer had his “hand” in everything — from winning first place to winning the 24-Hand Pot and placing in the 4-of-a-kind playoff. Those four cut the deck for the highest card. Three of the four all drew kings if you can believe that so the three players cut and Harrison got another king  to win the 4-of-a-Kind Pot!

Speaking of cutting the deck for a king, that is exactly what Steve Frank did in each of his first four games and jokingly argued that those four cuts should have qualified for the 4-of-a-kind hand and pot — quite a feat, but not something to be rewarded, only acknowledged. Sorry Steve.

Next week will be our last non-sanctioned tournament of the summer series and the Sept. 7 gathering launches our fall-winter season that is officially recognized by the American Cribbage Congress.

Grassroots Club membership fees are only $7 a year and each player also has to be a member of ACC. I have the complete details and registration forms.

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ACC lifetime points are accumulated by scoring 12 or more game points in the nine-game tournament. Additional points can be won by qualifying in sanctioned ACC tournaments held throughout the country all year long. Points can also be won by playing in a grassroots regional tournament sponsored by a grassroots club. Players from other grassroots clubs may play in another club’s regional tournaments.

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.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!