Sanctioned season underway for Grassroots Cribbage Club

At our Aug. 24 cribbage tournament we had 10 players with one regular visitor from the Reno Grassroots Crib Club, Ron Morgan, and one visitor, Ed Harrison.

First place went to Darlene Pekovich with a respectable 14 game points and seven wins on the day. It was a photo finish for second with Lee Davis and Steve Frank each posting 12/6 scorecards.

As you may recall, the first tiebreaker is spread points, not to be confused with game points, spread points are the difference between one’s total points pegged on the cribbage board throughout the tournament calculated by adding the plus points and subtracting the minus points. Lee had a net spread of plus-56 while Steve had a plus-53 so Lee took second and Steve finished third.

There were two 24-hands for the day held by Keith Nelson and Davis who had the last one and won the 24-Hand Pot. There were no 4-of-a-kind hands so the 4-of-a-Kind Pot will roll over to next week.


The Grand Slam/29-Hand Pot is just over $115 and it hasn’t been won since December of last year so it is probably going to be won soon. A Grand Slam is when a player wins all nine games in the tournament, which is hard to do but does seem to happen about once a year.

However, last year we had one in each of the last three months of 2018. Of course, the player, Darlene Pekovich, who won it in October won most all of the money. Keith Nelson won it in November and I won it in December, but not much had accumulated in just a month. No one has won this side pot by getting a perfect 29-hand as the odds of doing that are 216,580:1, which certainly explains why. If a player gets a 29-hand during the regular playing season in our Grassroots Club, they receive $100 from the American Cribbage Congress, our parent organization. In a national ACC sponsored tournament, a 29-hand will typically get you $1,000!

Aug. 31 tournament

We had 14 players at our Aug. 31 tournament including one fairly regular guest (not a member of any grassroots club) Ed Harrison, and two regular visitors from the Reno grassroots club, Ron Morgan and Les Rasmussen.  Morgan took first with a great 17/7 posted on his scorecard, which included three skunks. Clyde Terry took second with a nice 14/6 scorecard. I placed third with a 12/6 card and with a point spread of plus-56 edging out Rasmussen who also with a 12/6, but a spread of plus-14.


There were four 24-hands dealt that day to Jan Cook, Harrison and Larry Balsley. Ed got two of the four 24-hands back-to-back in one game so needless to say, he won that game, but Larry held the last one to win the 24-Hand Pot.

There were no 4-of-a-kind hands so that pot is rolling over for the second week in a row.

The 2019-20 sanctioned season officially started Saturday, Sept. 7, and runs for nine months ending in May 2020. We are starting the season with 17 members and hope to build the club up to 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. 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!