At our Saturday, Jan. 25, cribbage tournament we had 13 players, which included one guest, Ethan Borgmann from Portola, and one visitor from the Reno club, Ray Peterson. Again, we refer to guests as crib players not affiliated with a grassroots club while visitors are members from another club joining us for the day’s card game.
Just to clarify, guests are given four weeks of help counting points and pegging from opponents before they are “on their own.”
However, once a guest scores 12 or more total game points on a given day, they are also considered to be on their own. The rationale for this rule is to provide a positive and encouraging environment for new players while they are learning the American Cribbage Congress (ACC)rules and learning how to count their hands, etc. Also, after four weeks, a new player must decide if they want to continue playing in the club. If so, they then have to officially join the ACC and also join the local grass roots club.
This week we had to use the pegged point differential tie-breaker to determine the first- and second-place winners. It came down to the net spread points between Peterson and Darlene Pekovich, both finishing the day with 15 game points earned off of seven wins. Peterson edged her out with his net plus 127 points vs. her plus 87.
Borgmann took third place honors with a 12/5 scorecard (two skunks) and Clyde Terry came in fourth with a 10/5 score.
There were four 24-hands held during the day by Brad Archer, Peterson, Keith Nelson with the last one of the day dealt to Borgmann so he won the 24-Hand Pot. He got his 24-hand in the last hand of his last game of the day, much to the chagrin of Keith who had the pot for almost an hour.
Dave Boynton held the only hand with four-of-kind that day to win that cash side pot.
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.
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!