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How to Set Up a Cribbage Tournament

Playing cribbage is a favorite pastime in many establishments. It is nice to offer cribbage tournaments so that everyone can enjoy a good game of cribbage and maybe win the first place prize, which is usually money or a trophy. It does not take much room to plan a cribbage tournament. Running a tournament for cribbage is easier than running tournaments for other games such as pool, darts and poker elimination.

How to Set Up a Cribbage Tournament

There should be an entry fee, which will cover the prize for the first and second place winners. The entry fee will depend on the size of the prizes to be awarded. Set up the tables with a cribbage board and a deck of cards on each table.

The two players to a team cribbage tournament can be set up using five to ten tables. There should be at least ten teams and up to twenty teams of two players to play a cribbage tournament. Make a chart with all the team names. The first two teams will play each other. The third and forth team will play each other and so forth down the line.

As the teams finish the cribbage game, they will move onto the second round if they win the game. The losing team is eliminated from the tournament. After all teams have completed the first round, it is time to match up the winning teams to play the second round.

As the teams start to finish the second round, the winners will be scheduled to place the third round of cribbage. The losing team is eliminated from the tournament. The third round will start with the winners left from the second round matching up with another winning team. .

The steps continue until there are only two teams remaining. Depending on the amount of teams that are signed up, this could take about three to four hours. The last two teams will match off against each other. The winner will be the tournament winner.

Things You'll Need:

  • 5 to 10 tables
  • Cribbage boards for every table
  • Deck of cards for every table
  • Score sheet


Plan to spend at least four hours at a tournament and another hour for clean up.

Make sure to have some comfortable chairs for everyone to sit in when playing.


  • Keep the tournament simple as it is supposed to be. Do not add any new twists that people may not be accustomed too.
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