Premium "Patriotic Eagle" Cribbage Board

TheRiversideWoodshop

$99.95 

Our custom line of premium boards is very unique in that they all have a universal base that can be matched with any of our premium lids to make a complete game setup!! You can purchase just the base, just the lid, or a complete setup at any time. You might wonder why? Easy this awesome board not only makes a great family game but also a wonderful piece of decor to display year round! As your taste changes or you grow tired of one theme / lid - you now have the option of just replacing it with a different lid to fit your taste or mood. No more having to invest in a whole new board, after all who wants to change their lucky board?

The interchangeable lid option also makes it the perfect gift - they love cribbage but want a change in look: No problem: a new lid = a new look!!

The base is 11.5" in diameter and typically between 1.125" and 1.25" thick. The base is made in an edge grain pattern using premium hardwoods like Maple, Cherry, Walnut, Red and White Oak. In the center of the base we have carved a recess to house both a deck of cards and the three sets of high grade metal pegs (YES - both cards and pegs are included with each cribbage board base). The playing track contains three paths of 120 spots to accommodate 2, 3 or 4 player games. We have also inset a pair of rare earth magnets to securely hold our premium lid to the base during play or simply for display.

The lid included in this listing is our "Patriotic Eagle" and is absolutely amazing!! This design features a large eagle poised in front of the US Flag and is holding a banner with the initials USA. The entire design then has a circle of stars around the perimeter. We hand paint and stain every piece ensuring a totally unique finish every time. Please Note -- pictures are usually taken of the last customers board and your custom game board may vary slightly due to wood grains and subtle differences in finishing. No two ever look identical! The Lids measure 8.25" in diameter and fit perfectly in the recessed portion of our cribbage board base. Magnets then hold it securely in place while playing or just decorating your favorite coffee table.

Basics of Cribbage:

  Dealing

To start the game, both players cut the deck, and whoever draws the lowest card is the first dealer. The deal alternates for each hand in the game thereafter.

For every hand, the dealer shuffles the entire deck and offers the cards to the opponent to cut. The dealer then deals six cards face-down, one at a time, to both players and puts the rest of the deck, or the stock, in the middle of the playing surface.

Each player picks up the six dealt cards and discards two cards face-down from the six. Those four cards go into the crib, forming a third hand of four cards that the dealer gets to score. (However, the four cards in the crib play no part in the first phase of the game in which the cards are played out.) The dealer now has two hands with which to score points, as opposed to the opponents one hand.

  Cutting the deck

After both players decide which four cards to keep, the opponent cuts the remaining cards of the stock, and the dealer turns over the top card of the cut deck to reveal the up card, or starter. This card essentially becomes part of all three hands — the dealer’s, the opponent's, and the crib. The starter card doesn’t take any part in the playing out of the hand, though.

If the up card is a jack, the dealer scores 2 points, known as two for his heels. The dealer must claim and record these points before any cards are played.

  Recording the score

The object of the game is to go around the two tracks (or rows) the same way a horse goes around an oval in a horse race, completing the circuits before your opponent does. Each point you score advances you one space, so you need 121 points to complete your journey and win the game.

Players each use two pegs to record their points. When you score your first points of the game, you put one peg on the board, and as you score subsequent points, you hop over the leading peg with the trailing peg so that the board always shows how many points you recorded on your last score. Beginning from the start, you move up the outside part of the track and then back down the inside track.
Reaching the finishing post

When you’re nearing the end of the game, you often find that a general strategy for preventing your opponent from pegging out, or winning, overrides what’s otherwise the optimum strategy. If you’re in the lead, you must play cautiously; if you’re behind, you need to go all out for the win.

Say, for example, that both players have 100 points, and you’re the dealer with Q, 8, 7, 2, 5, 8. You keep 8, 8, 7, 2 and throw the queen and 5 into your crib for 15 points. When a 6 comes up as the starter, you realize immediately that you have 14 points in your hand (6 combined with an 8) and a promising crib. You’re the favorite to win, because you only need to scrape up a few points from the play. What’s more, as pone on the next deal, you have the first hand of the next game to count as well if you don’t make it to 121 on this hand. So, you must avoid giving away points, and you tackle the play as cautiously as possible. On the lead of an 8, you play your 2 rather than an 8, assuming that your adversary has another 8. If he could play an 8 to make a pair royale, the 6 points would be worth much more to him than the 2 points for the pair are worth to you.

More details on game play and strategy can be found easily on the internet!

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