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January 3, 2012 > Cribbage Club New Beginners Program a Success

Cribbage Club New Beginners Program a Success

Submitted By Tracy Yott

During the early summer of 2011, American Cribbage Congress (ACC) Grass Roots Club #43 (GR 43) established a beginners club on Tuesday evenings to welcome those players that haven't played in a long time or would like to learn how to play cribbage. With no entry fee or membership required, players were introduced to tournament style cribbage, improving their play by learning new strategies and most importantly, making new friends. By August, the new program was a smashing success and it was decided to continue the experiment through the remainder of 2011. Thanks to the new program, GR 43 signed up seven new members during the first half of the 2011-2012 official season. No longer considered an experiment, the program will continue every Tuesday in 2012 starting January 3.

With members of all ages and from all walks of life, GR 43 has thrived since its charter in 1987. Playing in various establishments in Newark and Fremont over the years, the club currently has 34 members from as far as South San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. With an average of 18 players each week on Wednesday nights this season, the club holds a nine game tournament where each player faces nine random opponents. The Grass Roots points system allows for rating players locally, regionally and nationally during the official season which consists of 36 tournaments between Sept. 1 and May 31.

Roy Kaufmann of San Leandro started the season with a bang by winning all nine games of the first official tournament (also known as a Grand Slam). With 15 official tournaments played before the holiday break, Charlie Dunn of South San Francisco leads the club with 114 points, closely followed by Bill Wakeman (San Lorenzo) with 112 points and Terry Higgins (Hayward) with 103 points. Reginald Lennie (Newark) held the only 28 hand of the season so far (odds are 1 in 15,028).

ACC Grass Roots Club #43 welcomes all players of any skill level to join us. Tuesdays evenings are open to everyone while Wednesdays are for intermediate to advanced players who are capable of playing a game in 15 - 20 minutes. For more information go to, email or call Tracy Yott at 510-793-6472. Or simply show up any Tuesday or Wednesday between 6:00 & 6:15 p.m. at Round Table Pizza (Centerville), 37480 Fremont Blvd., Fremont.

Grassroots Cribbage Club
All players including beginners: Tuesday 6 p.m.
Intermediate/Advanced: Wednesday 6 p.m.
Round Table Pizza
37480 Fremont Blvd., Fremont
(510) 793-6472

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