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Terry wins eight of nine games to claim cribbage victory

We had 13 players at our Saturday, July 6, tournament, which included one guest, Ed Harrison, from Blairsden and one regular visitor, Ron Morgan, from the Reno Grassroots Cribbage Club. Our regular players, who are also members of our grassroots club, are from Indian Valley, Quincy, Portola and Graeagle.

Clyde Terry took first with an outstanding day posting a remarkable 18 points by virtue of winning eight out of nine games with two skunks earning her the extra 2 points.

Janet Miller came in second with a nice 15/7 scorecard, and Morgan took third with his 13/6 score posting wins in his last four games, including a skunk. Darlene Pekovich took fourth with her 12/5 card (two skunks).

There were four 4-of-a-kind hands posted by Keith Nelson, Janet Miller, Susan Terry and Lee Davis. The four drew for high card and Susan’s jack won her the 4-of-a-Kind Pot.

There were also four 24-hands posted, the first one by Clyde Terry, the second one by Miller, the third by Susan Terry and the fourth and last one again by Janet so she won the 24-Hand Pot. The last person to get a 24-hand wins the 24-Hand Pot.

Keith Nelson and I had a rip-roaring first game. Keith started off with a 12-hand followed by a 20-hand; he held four sevens and an eight was cut! At one time, I thought I was surely going to get skunked. Keith was on fourth-street and came up with a hand that was worth only 1 point. Meanwhile, I put three good hands together and ended up 19 holes out and counting first. Keith was now only 11 holes out dealing and looked like a sure winner. I held a J-J-Q-K and cut a 5 and now only needed to peg three holes. Play continued and Keith eventually played out all his cards and was now eight holes out. I was holding my two jacks when Keith played out so I played the jacks for a pair (two holes) and a “go” to win the game.

Someone told me once that you should “never give up” and that was good advice! I ended up winning the first three games by seven holes or less each, but then went on to lose the next five — as we have said before, “The cards can change on a dime!”

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