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Moojus' Cribbage Hint #3 - Dump the Lone Ace
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Moojus' Cribbage Hint #3 - Dump the Lone Ace
Posted by Moojus (VIP) 1 Mar 2006 11:26am
    


Today’s Tip:

Dump the Lone Ace

Mike Burns taught me that the pone should dump the lone Ace as quickly as possible. Mike Burns has attained the ranking of Grand Master in the American Cribbage Congress (ACC). Mike won the ACC’s Tournament of Champions in 2004.

Many players try to save their lone Ace to get a 31 for 2 or last card. Many times this has disastrous results for the pone. For a real example, last night, I did not heed this advice and my Ace was trapped; this cost me the game as I lost by 2 points.

I was the Pone and held: A-6-6-8 (this is a common hand)
The dealer held: K-4-A-A (another common hand)

(P)–8;
(D)–K making the score 18;
(P)-6 making the score 24;
(D)-4 making the score 28
(P)-A making the score 29
(D)-A making the score 30 [2 points for the D]
(P) - Go
(D)-A making the score 31 [2 points for 31 plus 6 points for the pairs royal for a total of 8 ponts to the D]

The Dealer scored 10 unanswered points. Had I led with the Ace or played the Ace second, I would have won this game. My opponent counted first and had exactly enough to go out. I could not count my last hand, but had enough to go out. Had he scored fewer than 10 points during that play, the game results would have been different.

Some players would say the dealer got lucky here. In reality, skill, or rather my demonstrated lack of skill, resulted in the 10 points. The skill is in understanding how to correctly play the cards you are dealt and then playing them correctly.

I hope that some of you are able to use my hints.

Happy Pegs,
Bob ‘Moojus’ Milk

These suggestions for improvement come from many sources, including, but not limited to the following:
• “Play Winning Cribbage” by Delynn Colvert (the undisputed top player in North America)
• “Cribbage: A New Concept” by John Chambers
• The Cribbage Forum web site hosted by Michael Schell
• Hints from some of the top American Cribbage Congress Players
• My personal experiences

Disclaimer: I have no vested interest in any of the publications listed. These techniques work for me and for many others; your results may vary.




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