The Blizzard Buster Cribbage Tournament

  • PLAYERS
    • Entry Fee $25 per person per playoff - the maximum allowed by law.
    • Players must be 21 or over in order to compete for prizes.
    • Players must be residents of Maine (ie: eligible to vote in Maine elections).
    • A player may compete at ANY playoff site they choose throughout the tournament.
    • A player may compete at AS MANY playoff sites they choose throughout the tournament.
    • The winner(s) of a playoff will advance to the State Championship round on March 31st (September 30th)
  • SINGLES, TEAMS
    • Singles are the standard one-on-one form of play for most playoffs and will be the prime focus of our tournaments.
    • Teams - for 2019, we will introduce a Team Concept. A team consists of six players - two singles players, four doubles players.
  • DOUBLES
    • For 2018 we have added doubles play. Only one doubles partner throughout the one-day playoff. Doubles will be held on March 31 right after the Singles Championship.
    • Seniors over 75y/o play for free.
  • DISCOUNTS
    • Entry Fee is $25 per person per location per game type.
    • Returning 2017 players who bring two new singles players at full price to a playoff will get to play singles free for that playoff. You can do this as often as you want as long as you bring 2 new players each time. Does not apply to doubles in March.
  • RULES
    • GSMCT Rules will apply at all playoffs. Final interpretation of rules falls to a designated GSMCT offical (judge).
    • 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.
    • Any form of cheating, misrepsentation of information, bad payments, bullying or other good cause will result in permanent bannishment from participation in our tournaments, without refund and without recourse.
  • PLAYOFF SITES (aka HOSTS) and SPONSORS
    • A Host must provide space/time on evenings 5:30 to 9:00pm or on weekends, for their site to be eligible.
    • A Host can set a maximum number of players for its playoff.
    • A Host 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 Host must prepay the amount of $100 to sponsor the winner of their singles playoff.
    • The fee paid by the host is a marketing expense for tax purposes. Hosts and Sponsors may also make a contribution to MemoryWorks.
  • AWARDS (subject to change):
    • Tournament Champion - Singles (1st) $1,500; (2nd) $750; (3rd) $250
    • Tournament Champion - Doubles $100 per partner
    • 29 Point Hand - (one per tourney) $100
    • Playoff Winners - Singles $50
    • Host of State Champion - double their sponsorship(s)
  • 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 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. This is no longer mandatory, but it is preferred.

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. Low card deals. Subsequently, loser deals. Does not apply to Round Robin play.

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. Or one card from each player set aside for the dealer in doubles play.

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. It is prohibited to view or display the bottom card of the cut.

"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 - decisions are made by the person delegated as the GSMCT judge, a person authorized by the tournament director to answer questions and settle disagreements between players relating to the rules of play and the health of the tournament.

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. Do NOT touch your opponents pegs for any reason at any time.

Shuffle - A random mixing of the cards, which could include riffling. Be aware of your opponent's shuffling techniques and report anything that makes you uncomfortable. It is prohibited at any time during the shuffle or deal to view or display the bottom card of the deck.

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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Rules are subject to change without notice until the very first day of play.
Please check back regularly for any changes.