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Tournament continues to grow as club welcomes players

At our cribbage tournament Saturday, July 20, we had a great turnout with 18 players. We had three guests (not members of another crib club), Neil Owens, and Lucille and Ed Harrison from Blairsden. We also had four visitors from other grassroots clubs: Bill Svetz, Chris and Drew Wisecarver, and  the semi-regular Ron Morgan from Reno.

Brad Archer took first place with a nice 17 points off of eight wins posted to his scorecard while Morgan came in second with a respectable 15/6 day. Frank Davis took third posting a 13/6 card and Clyde Terry came in fourth, also posting 13/6, but with a net spread point total of only 28 versus Frank’s net spread of 68. Drew Wisecarver was sitting in third place with just Clyde and Frank still playing their final game. If Clyde beats Frank, Drew comes in fourth place. If Frank beats Clyde, Drew gets bumped to fifth place. Well, that’s exactly what happened. Better luck next time Drew!

Wisecarver, Darlene Pekovich and Brad Archer were each dealt a hand with 4-of-a-kind. They drew for high card to determine the pot’s winner and Chris cut a 10, Darlene drew a nine and Brad drew an eight so Chris won.

There were only two 24-hands dealt during the day’s nine-game contest. Clyde got the first one early on and held the pot right up to the last game when Harrison got the second and final one to win the 24-Hand Pot.

Ron Morgan had a couple of interesting games, both involving a jack being cut in the last hand of both games. Before each hand is played the dealer’s opponent cuts from the deck to see what the common card will be that is used in each hand. Only one card, the jack, is worth points, 2 points actually.

While playing Ron, Darlene was dealing and was four holes out. Ron had enough points in his hand and was a sure winner if he could keep Darlene from pegging out because she dealt which meant that he got to count his hand first.

So Darlene told Ron, “cut me a jack,” and Ron did and with the 2 points she got from the jack cut Darlene was able to peg the other two holes she needed to go out before Ron got to count his hand.

A bit later, Ron was playing Eddie Garrish and Ron was 15 holes out, and he was counting first. Ron held two 10s and two nines and won the game this time when he cut a jack — this time the extra points didn’t help his opponent, instead it helped Ron’s hand taking his two pairs worth 4 points and turning them into a double run of four worth 16 points. Yep, sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. But it’s great when you are both lucky and good!

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.

Because they are in their summer session these contests are not sanctioned by the American Cribbage Congress. But it is a great time to join the group and learn more about the great game of cribbage.

For more information or questions, contact me, Doug Rodrigues, the club’s director at 836-4254. Players of all skill levels are welcome!

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