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May 18, 2010 > Cribbage club season highlights

Cribbage club season highlights

Submitted By Tracy Yott

Another exciting season is in the books for ACC Grass Roots Club #43. In 36 weeks of official play, 659 total players played 5,931 official games of cribbage. That's an average of 18.3 players per week, an increase of 22.7% over last season.

The club champion for the 2009-2010 season is Bill Wakeman of San Lorenzo. Bill finished the season with 239 points playing in 32 tournaments. Rounding out the top five for the season is Tracy Yott (Newark) with 229 points (34 tournaments), Al Placktis (Fremont) with 207 points (34 tournaments), Farokh Ziari (Fremont) with 196 points (30 tournaments) and Ben Holder (Fremont) with 194 points (36 tournaments).

The second best hand in cribbage is a 28 point hand, consisting of four fives and a 10, jack, queen or king. The odds of getting a 28 hand in a two-player game are one in 15,028.

Charles Dunn (South San Francisco) had the first 28 hand of the season on his birthday, November 4, 2009. Al Placktis got his lucky cut for a 28 hand on February 10 while Terry Higgins (Hayward) cut to his 28 hand on St. Patrick's Day, only his third week in the club. Unfortunately, Terry's 28 point hand was eclipsed by the 29 point hand of 92-year-old Bob Christopher (Oakland).

Playing cribbage for more than 60 years, Christopher cut the five of hearts to make his first ever 29 hand, considered the perfect hand in cribbage. The odds of hitting the elusive 29 hand in a two-player game are one in 216,580, which requires holding three fives and a jack then cutting the five of the same suit as the jack in the hand. What are the odds of a 28-point hand and a 29-point hand in the same nine-game tournament?

Winning every game in a tournament is known as a Grand Slam, which occurred three times this season. The first belonged to Paul Nyberg (Hayward) on November 4, 2009. Yott got the cards and cuts he needed to win all nine games on April 7, followed by Ziari the very next week. Nobody lost all nine games this season, also known as a String of Pearls.

ACC Grass Roots Club #43 welcomes all players of any skill level to join us on a free trial basis this summer. For more information, go to www.cribbage.org, e-mail cribbagegr43@yahoo.com or call Tracy Yott at 510-793-6472; or simply show up any Wednesday between 6 and 6:15 p.m. at Roundtable Pizza on Fremont Boulevard in Fremont.

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