Cribbage cards to keep

Cards to keep for your cribbage game hand

Depending on the cards received and who owns the crib, the choice of cards to keep is very important.

To keep the card combination with the most points is usually the best way but not always. It's with time that you'll improve your play.

Sometimes, throwing a card that makes a few points can lead to more points if you get the card needed.

Cribbage is a game of calculation and hasard where taking a chance or keeping the right cards can make a big difference.


Here is an example:

The combination with the most points is

 

++ = 15  and  ++ = 15
4 points for the 15

,, = 3  and  ,, = 3
6 points for runs

, = 2
2 points for pair

total : 12 points

Throwing cards +=15
and gives 2 points to the Crib.

 

But...

 

If the crib is owned by the opponent, keeping 
 
 is a better choice.
 

,,,= 4 points for the flush

,,,= 4 for the suite

+= 2 points for 15

total : 10 points

Here the Crib does not receive any points with the cards
  and .


See also:

Instruction manual - Cribbage game rules
Free cribbage download - Features of the cribbage card game
FAQ on the cribbage software

Description and rules
Go - The runs - The jack
Using the board and pegs - Card game points
Cards to keep - Cribbage hand example
Cribbage perfect hand or 29