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256                         CRIBBAGE.
If the dealer want 20, and his opponent 17, it is 5 to 4.
When the dealer is 5 points behind, previous to turning the top of the board, it is 6 to 5.
When he is 31 and the antagonist 36, it is 6 to 4.
When 36, and the adversary 41, it is 7 to 4.
When at 59 holes each player. In all points of the game, till within 20 of the end, if the non-dealer be three a head. The dealer wanting 14, and his antagonist 9 Ditto ............. 11, Ditto ............ 7
Three or four-hand cribbage differs only from the preceding, as the parties put out but one card each to the crib, and when 31, or as near as can be, have been made, then the next eldest hand leads, and the players go on again, in rotation, with any remaining cards, till all are played out before they proceed to show. For three-hand cribbage triangular boards are used.
A sort of three-hand cribbage is sometimes played, one person sitting out, not each game, but each deal, in rotation. In this the first dealer generally wins.
Six-card cribbage varies from that played with five cards, as the players (always two only) commence on an equality, without scoring any points for last, retain four cards in hand, and all the cards are to be played out, as in three and four-hand cribbage with five cards. At this game it is of advantage to the last player to keep as close cards as possible, in hopes of coming in for 15, a sequence, or pair, besides the end hole, or 31. The first dealer is reckoned to have some trifling ad­vantage, and each player may, on the average, expect to make 25 points in every two deals. The
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