The Blizzard Buster Cribbage Tournament

  • PLAYERS
    • Players must be 21 or over in order to compete for prizes.
    • Players must be residents of Maine and eligible to vote in Maine elections.
    • A player may compete at ANY playoff site they choose throughout the tournament. Entry Fee $25 per person per site.
    • A player may compete at as many playoff sites they choose throughout the tournament. Entry Fee $25 per person per site.
    • The winner of a playoff will advance to the State Championship round on March 30th (September 30th)
  • Singles, Doubles (Pairs/Partners), Teams
    • Singles are the standard one-on-one form of play for most playoffs and will be the prime focus of our tournaments.
    • A player may play as a single and as a double but not at the same time.
    • Doubles - for 2018 we have added doubles play to our tournaments. If you don't already have a partner, we will try to match you if players are available. A player must have only one doubles partner throughout the tournament. Additional guidelines will be forthcoming for doubles play if needed.
    • Teams - for 2019, we will introduce a Team Concept. A team consists of six players - two singles players, four doubles players.
  • DISCOUNTS
    • Entry Fee is $25 per person per location.
    • Returning players from previous Tournaments receive a 50% discount on their entry fee for each new fully paid individual that plays in the 2018 tournaments up to a maximum of two players (%100 discount).
    • The reigning 2017 Champion is awarded a 50% discount for any or all playoffs they enter.
  • RULES
    • GSMCT Rules will apply at all playoffs. Final interpretation of rules falls to a designated GSMCT offical.
    • Singles and doubles play will be in a Round Robin format. Any ties for first place at the end of a Round Robin will be determined by a one game playoff (more if a three+way tie).
    • A playoff is not official unless it has 8 players competing in singles or 4 pairs in doubles. Players who paid to play in that case will be given credit to play in another playoff of their choice.
    • Any form of cheating, misrepsentation of information, bad payments or other good cause will result in permanent bannishment from participation in our tournaments, without refund and without recourse.
  • PLAYOFF SITES and SPONSORS
    • A playoff site must provide space/time on weekends, or on evenings 5:30 to 9:00pm, for their playoff in order to be eligible.
    • A playoff site can set a maximum number of players for its playoff.
    • A playoff site must prepay by February 1 for the March tournament and by August 1 for the September tournament so we have time to announce your site and advertise where needed.
    • A playoff site must prepay the amount of $100 to sponsor the winner of their singles playoff (see DISCOUNTS)
    • Returning playoff sites from 2017 will stay at their 2017 level of $100 sponsorship for singles only.
    • A playoff site must prepay the amount of $200 to sponsor the winners of their doubles playoff.
  • AWARDS:
    • Tournament Champion - Singles $1,500
    • Tournament Champion - Doubles $500 per partner
    • 29 Point Hand - (1st one per tourney) $100
    • Playoff Winners - Single $100; Double $100 total
    • Team Championship (highest ratio of total wins/games played?)
    • Winning Host(s) - $200 each
  • Volunteer Opportunities: There are a lot of possible roles. I wouldn't expect a volunteer to take on too much at once. Here are some of the tasks:
    • Opinions – openly share opinions and suggestions for improvement
    • Coordinating these planning group meetings – email and phone reminders
    • Helping with the meetup.com website – stories, results, rewards, add cribbage events, initiate discussions
    • Interview players and write their stories – submit to local newspapers and post to meetup site
    • Media coordinator – post events on community calendars; maintain media contact list(s)
    • Social Media – FaceBook, twitter, and such
    • WhoFish – events manager service – post single and recurring events
    • Discovery – find and post cribbage games across Maine, maintain contact info for games
    • Legal/legislative – expanding cribbage in Maine
    • Youth cribbage activities
    • Unique cribbage events
    • Cribbage Cruise(s)
    • Cribbage Day at the (Seadogs, Mariners, Red Claws)
    • Develop cribbage teams and leagues
    • Enlist new playoff sites and sponsors
    • Enlist new players
    • Bookkeeping (Excel or QuickBooks)
    • Contact Management (requires Excel)
    • Manage mailing list and email list
    • Send articles to media to print
    • Graphics design and printing (Publisher; Adobe; other)

"Jack Cut" as the Hole card, always counts two points for the dealer.

Courtesy Cut - after shuffling the cards, dealer offers deck to opponent who may then cut the cards (always cut toward the dealer) or tap the deal to waive the cut for that deal.

Muggins - Taking the opponent's points when that opponent fails to peg those points before the other player starts their turn. Use of Muggins is prohibited.

Dealer Cut - the cards cut by both players at the start of the match to determine the dealer. Subsequently, loser deals.

Flush - Four cards of the same suit held in the hand count four points;

Flush - Five cards including the starter card of the same suit count five points in the hand or crib.

The Crib - two cards from each player set aside for the dealer to count after the dealer’s hand.

Hole card or cut card - the card that is cut and placed on the remainder of the pack and is used in counting the value of each hand and the crib.

"Go" - Called by a player who cannot play a card without exceeding the cumulative count of 31; the opponent scores one point, or two if reaching exactly 31 yet never three for a go tht leads to a 31.

"Jack of the Same Suit" as the Hole card in the hand or crib counts one point.

Judge - for local rounds, decisions are made by the person delegated as judge by the host; for the County and State rounds, a person authorized by the tournament director to answer questions and settle disagreements between players relating to the rules of play.

Match - Two or more games between two players wherein one player has won two games - thus winning the Match.

Game - a single win is awarded when one player has scored 121 or more points irregardless of by how much they have outscored their opponent.

Pegging - The marking of scored points by advancing the rear peg ahead of the front peg and releasing it.

Shuffle - A random mixing of the cards, which could include riffling.

Skunk - To win by 31 or more points. In the GSMCT, this does not count as an extra game win for determining best x out of y wins.

Double Skunk - To win by 61 or more points. In the GSMCT, this does not count as an extra game win for determining best x out of y wins.

Run or straight, single
Sequence of three or more consecutive cards in any order during the play of the cards; for example, 3-5-6-7-4 (counts three when the 7 is played and counts five when the 4 is played).

Run or straight, multiple used in counting hands and crib:
• Double run: two three-card or four-card straights, including one pair; for example, A-2-3-3 or A-2-3-3-4.

• Double-double run: four three-card straights, including two pairs; for example, 8-8-9-9-10.

• Triple run: three three-card straights, including three of a kind; for example, J-Q-Q-Q-K.


Cribbage Rules Around the Industry

Cribbage Is Now Under The Auspices Of: Department of Public Safety
Gambling Control Unit
45 Commerce Dr., Augusta
State House Station 87
Augusta, ME. 04333-0087
Phone: 207-626-3900
Fax: 207-287-3424
Gambling.Board@maine.gov

James A. Gass
Public Safety Inspector
Gambling Control Unit
45 Commerce Drive
State House Station #87
Augusta, ME. 04333-0087
Ph: 207-626-3209
Fax: 207-287-4356
Email: james.a.gass@maine.gov



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