Cribbage Square Solitaire

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Cribbage Square Solitaire Rules


Build multiple Poker hands to score 60 points or more.

The Deal

Using one deck, the layout starts the game empty. The Stock flips over a single card.


The face up card near the Stock must be played to the Cribbage hands or a Discard Pile. As each card is played, the Stock will automatically flip another card.


The 16 spaces may hold one card each and form 8 hands of 4 cards each (4 rows of cards and 4 columns of cards.) The card next to the Stock must be played to one of the Cribbage hands or one of the Discards.

Once a card is placed it may not be moved.

Once the layout is filled, the hand is over. the final card flipped face up from the Stock becomes what is known in Cribbage terminology as the Starter. The Starter becomes the 5th card for each of the eight Cribbage hands so that each Cribbage hand actually will have 5 cards.

Discard Piles

There are four spaces where cards may be placed that are not wanted in the Cribbage hands. Each space may hold one card each. is liberal in the rules in providing these spaces. The actual game of Cribbage Square does not allow for discards. For a harder challenge, try playing without the Discards.


Scoring for the various Cribbage hands is based on the actual game of Cribbage. The card game Cribbage can be confusing to learn. Learning the scoring of Cribbage Square can help you to learn the game of Cribbage.

Scoring is based on unique combinations of cards in the hand. For example, if you have two cards A and B, there is only one combination of the two cards AB. If you have three cards A, B, and C, there are three combinations of the three cards AB, AC, and BC. If you have four cards the combinations would be AB, AC, AD, BC, BD, and CD. And so on... This is an important concept in learning how to score Cribbage hands.

Each of the 8 hands are scored as follows:




Double Pairs Royal12K, K , K , K , X (This is 4 of a kind in Cribbage talk.) the X means any other card.
Pairs Royal610, 10, 10, X, X (3 of a Kind)
Pairs2 each4, 4, 8, 8, X would be worth 4 points. 2 points per pair. 4, 4, X, X, X would be worth 2 points.
Fifteens2 each6, 9, 9, X, X would be worth 4 points of fifteens (the pair of 9's also add 2 points) Any combination of 2 to 5 cards can total 15. Face cards are worth 10 so a King and 2 and 3 would be a fifteen.
Runs1 point per4, 5, 6, X, X is worth 3 points. 1 point per card in the run. 4, 5, 6, 7, X is worth 4 points. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 is worth 5 points.
Flush4 or 52, 4, 6, J all of the same suit in the 4 card part of the hand is worth 4 points. If the Started is also of the same suit then 5 points.
Nobs1A Jack in the hand of the same suit as the Starter is worth 1 point.
Starter Nobs2If the Starter is a Jack, each hand scores 2 points.

Some more examples:

Fifteens: Suppose you have 4, 5, 5, 6, 9 in your hand. There are three unique combinations of cards that total fifteen. 4 + 5 + 6 = 15, 4 + the other 5 + 6 = 15, and the 6 + 9 = 15. This hand has 6 points in fifteens.

Runs: Using the same hand: 4, 5, 5, 6, 9 there are two combinations of runs in the hand: 4, 5, 6 = 3 points and 4, the other 5, and 6 = 3 more points.

Hence, the hand: 4, 5, 5, 6, 9 is worth 6 points in fifteens + 6 points in runs + the pair of 5's is 2 more points for a total of 14 points for this hand.

Another example: 9, 10, J, J, Q is worth 10 points 9, 10, J, Q = 4 points. 9, 10, the other Jack, Q = 4 more points. The pair of Jacks is worth 2 more points. This hand may possibly be worth 1 more if the suit of one of the Jacks matches the suit of the Starter./p>

The scores from all 8 hands are added together to arrive at the final score.

Game Notes

If you are unfamiliar with Cribbage, we highly recommend that you learn the scoring so that you can enjoy this excellent solitaire too.