Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cribbage



Today's picture shows some old gentleman playing a game of Cribbage. The picture was taken in about 1910 at Sailors' Snug Harbor. Normally, cribbage is played with cards, but there is a version which uses dominoes, and that appears to be what these guys are playing. I have never played cribbage, so am not sure what is involved.

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  1. I have played cribbage for many years (55). I have never seen it played with dominoes though.
    The other guys are playing with cards.
    It can be played two, three, or for handed or even with partners.
    I could try to explain it, but it is a lot easier to show a person how. You know, a picture is worth a thousand words.
    I showed my son how, and he now beats me, because he is very lucky with the "cut".

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  2. We play cribbage at our house as well. I, too have played it for years,about 40, but I have never seen it played with dominoes either.

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  3. One of my sons and I used to play a game of cribbage every morning before he went to school. I still play an online version of the game every morning.

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  4. My in-laws love this game and have more than one version of the board. It's another game that I've been taught several times, and I've forgotten repeatedly how to play.

    I'm not sure what Sailor's Snug Harbor was, but I thought I'd note that the ability to play games of this type seems to be a sign of naval service, at least amongst the Navy veterans I've known. Probably has something to do with long periods at sea. I wonder, what with the advent and now dominance of electronic stuff, if that will pass away. Indeed, I have to wonder if card games and games like this will decline in general, due to electronic stuff.

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    1. I think the playing of card games on the internet is just a way of being lazy.
      There is no people interaction, no facial expression a person can read.
      No ability to say "good job, or good play".
      You get fatter and lazier by not going out and meeting people, and making new friends.
      So now you know my feeling of on line games.

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    2. People also become needlessly isolated and unable to interact in normal society. A lot of the horrible mass killers, like that those hideous killers at Columbine, spend lots of time on a computer.

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  5. Internet cards are the solution to a problem and that is ‘interaction’ with something, even if it’s yourself. I suppose that is why the game solitaire was invented long ago before computers and jig saw puzzles were invented to challenge the mind along with other similar games or mind occupying endeavours.

    Also, despite how humankind has invented more and more ‘things’ to make life easier and ‘time saving’ devices, we seem to have less time than we did long ago. So trying to get a group of people together to play cards on a regular basis is more and more difficult unless you’re in a retirement community. Neither are younger people interested in the various games of cards, with the exception of poker and it’s popularity where young people think it’s a fast way to make money like those TV poker personalities, but eventually, reality sets in when they learn that the bottom line is > the house always wins.

    I play cards at the casinos, but straight blackjack is my game and I do very well at it. With the exception of a few occasions over the years I usually come away with a grand to two grand on average. Not bad for a day. I seem to have a knack of the game as opposed to other games like poker, or different versions of blackjack. Yet I have sat beside other players who have lost thousands in a short time.

    At least cards are honest and they are what they are, as opposed to other games, like politics, where you can’t believe anything you see.

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    1. The worse thing that happens in black jack is having a bad anchor man. If he doesn't really understand what he is doing, he can cost every one a lot of money.
      I try to get the anchor place, but some people think that is the place to be, and take hits when they should stand.

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  6. Almost forgot, there is a domino cribbage http://www.pagat.com/tile/wdom/cribbage.html

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  7. DADD. I'm not fat and I'm not lazy. So as long as I enjoy online cribbage I don't much care what you think.

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    1. I'm sorry that you can't find a real person to play crib with you.
      I know you go for hikes a lot, so I know you are not lazy.
      But the average computer person will sit at a computer all day long playing online game. You are the exception, but you don't sit at your computer all day either.

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    2. Don't feel sorry for me. I'm doing fine.

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  8. I'm a woodworker and I like that old Cribbage table.

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  9. My BFF and her husband play cribbage a LOT. Whenever he is in the hospital (which also happens a lot) the cribbage board goes into his suitcase. The two of them play on the bedside table, and have apparently intoduced quite a few medical folks to the game. Since it's a fairly rare game today, there's a lot of "whatcha doin'?"

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