Bullus Hutton • Link
Ah, Cribbage, the prince of card-games!
Like many deceptively simple games, it takes 20 minutes to learn, and a life-time to perfect!
That "15-two, 15-four" game, originating in the UK, it has travelled well to all corners of the world and is particularly popular here on the West Coast of Canada among loggers and lawyers alike.
Played by two, three or four people (the latter as two partners) it utilizes the distinctive pegboard of 121 holes which records the scores of the contestants as they pair or "run" the cards, or arrange them into combinations totalling 15.
The game lends itself ideally to wagering, either as a set amount per game, or by a small amount per peg-hole, which can often add up to a lot more!
It has always amused me over the years to meet hard-boiled gamblers who make their living at poker or blackjack, privately confessing that "Crib" is really their favourite game.
My fellow crib-cronies are going to be tickled pink that our beloved game has been given such an impressive pedigree by this mention in the Diary!