At our Saturday, June 15, grassroots cribbage tournament we had 13 players with two new players, Bea and Mike Barbarito, along with one of our regular out-of-towners, Ron Morgan, all making the trek from Reno.
Any why not since the first-place honors went to Morgan with an impressive 15 game points earned with seven wins. I was right behind him with my 14 games points and six wins. I earned some extra game points by virtue of “skunking” two opponents.
Third and fourth place was a photo finish with Dave Boynton from Quincy taking third and Frank Davis, also from Quincy, coming in fourth. Both had 12/6 cards, but Dave had a net spread of 69 points edging out Frank with his plus 63 spread points.
There were only two 24-hands with Davis getting the last one and winning the 24-Hand Pot. There were also only two 4-of-a-kind hands, one held by Davis and the other by Mike Barbarito, who drew the card when they cut the deck to determine the winner of the 4-of-a-Kind Pot.
Hot day for Morgan, he had two chances for a perfect 29-hand, holding three fives and the off-suit jack, but couldn’t cash in on the elusive 29-hand. Poor guy had to settle for a measly 28 point hand! It’s no wonder though since the odds of getting one is one in 216,580! Another strange happening was Doug Hart getting a 24-hand and a 14-point crib in one game and still ending up losing the game by three pegs!
We will be in summer play until Sept. 1 so it is a good time for new players to join in the fun without the pressure of competition in the regular season, September through May.
New players are always given a four-week “grace period” where their opponents are allowed to help them count their hands and answer questions during play. The objective is to make it a friendly and instructive atmosphere for new players.
The Graeagle Peggers Grassroots Cribbage Club meets at Gumba’s Pizza in Blairsden every Saturday for a 9-game tournament. Check-in is at 10:45 a.m. and play begins at 11 a.m.
For more information or questions, contact me, Doug Rodrigues, the club’s director at 836-4254. Players of all skill levels are welcome!