May 15, 2019

*** This hand was suggested by ccjohnson
51-56*  ?
Total votes: 169

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1317 votes

Joined: March 2016

Wednesday 3:37 AM
I can't see holding 6 points and tossing 2 points to opponent. Hand has a two card eleven and will peg best.
4575 votes

Joined: April 2008

Wednesday 3:57 AM
Slow down opponent. Lots of green grass ahead still. Lead a two, dump the five. Eight cuts would give us a dozen ( 6/9) quite a risk here to give up two to their crib. dec
328 votes

Joined: August 2018

Wednesday 4:24 AM
I assume it doesn’t matter which 2 is tossed with the 9.
116 votes

Joined: February 2009

Wednesday 4:28 AM
No reason to get crazy here-keep the 4 points and try to kill dealers crib-the 2256 has a good chance of pegging 2-3 points without too much risk-lead the 2 of clubs for the fake flush play if dealer doesn’t match the 2-which is obviously very likely since there is only one remaining-if dealer plays a picture play the 6 here-you could get the go and the ensuing 15
501 votes

Joined: December 2017

Wednesday 5:16 AM
I didn't want to be too defensive at this relative position (-9/+12). Sure 2-9 is safe but 2-2-5-6 is a pretty mediocre hand and of 2-point tosses to the opponent 6-9 must be one of the safer ones.
3995 votes

Joined: March 2008

Wednesday 5:33 AM
Another hedge. Lousy starter. Lead the 2 and take the points if they present themselves. Ditch the 5 when possible.
841 votes

Joined: May 2016

Wednesday 5:41 AM
Not much to like here. Best of a bad lot, Cannot in all good cribbage conscience keep 6 or 8 points in any way. Not with dealer where they are. Keep 4 points, 2-9 off suit to dealer crib. Hope for opponent to slow down and that there are a lot more hands to play. Lead the 2C.
2229 votes

Joined: June 2013

Wednesday 5:46 AM
Could start with eight points, but it means discarding 5-6. Could start with six if I'm prepared to discard 6-9 or 5-9. Suspect I've been too cautious by choosing 2-9, and only starting with four points.
711 votes

Joined: June 2016

Wednesday 6:32 AM
I kept the 3 clubs and the pseudo-flush to keep the dealer on his toes. 9-2 had the best chance of blanking his crib. The 3 cut lets me know that he has at least 2 points, but I am expecting that he has 4 and I will play my hand accordingly. If I don't pick up some points on the ensuing deal, this player could be in deep doo-doo.
2856 votes

Joined: October 2007

Wednesday 9:33 AM
Guess it is really 60% against me and all others. Which 2 combo you hold is academic. Went for the big shot, not a good thing.
178 votes

Joined: January 2019

Wednesday 9:41 AM
I tried to post the same hand as cribbagepogo but I’m not being allowed to vote.
684 votes

Joined: January 2008

Wednesday 11:10 AM
I get caught up in trying to maximize points. Thanks for reminding me to think longer term. Adding up variations of 2256 is 55% as of my post... Learning has occurred.
367 votes

Joined: February 2009

Wednesday 3:09 PM
Agree with rob and others above with this hold. Suited 5-6 to opponent’s crib could lose this game for us on this deal. Let’s live another day. Like the 2-9 relatively strong defensive toss especially with us holding two other 2s. Would lead from strength here, 2c, in case we want to invoke a flush fake.
3917 votes

Joined: October 2007

Wednesday 4:45 PM
I think its between 2-2-2-9 (5-6) and 2-2-5-6 (2-9):

2-2-2-9: 8pts - 7½pts (Schell: 7.47) = +½pt

2-2-5-6: 4pts - 4¾pts (Schell: 4.70) = -½pt


2-2-2-9: Improves with 2, 4444, 666, 999 = 11 cuts = 11/46 = 23.9% up to 12/20pts with 2, 4444, 999 = 8 cuts.

2-2-5-6: Improves with 2, 4444, 555, 666, 7777, 8888, 999 + 16xXs = 38 cuts = 38/46 = 82.6% up to 8/9/11/12pts with 2, 4444, 555, 666, 7777, 8888 = 19 cuts.


Dealer is 12pts ahead of 2nd street positional hole and we're 9pts behind wwhere we like to be so I think we're too far behind to play Offense (especially as only 1 cut scores 20pts) so I'll play Defense to slow dealer down.


I think 2-2-5-6 is better for the pegging.


2-2-5-6 has a starting value 1pt less but has many more cuts for improvement and I think will peg better. It also has 19 cuts for 8-12pts. So I'll throw a 2-9.
3697 votes

Joined: February 2008

Wednesday 4:47 PM
At 51-56* playing an Offense strategy for the pegging the dynamic expected averages and Win/Loss %s are:

Offense___Hand_Pegs__Crib___Total___W4 %___W5 %

Offense______L4 %___L5 %

2-2-5-6 is best for expected averages by 0.50pt and although its slightly lower for Win %s its very much best for Loss %s. So I'll select a 2-9 to discard.

After the 3 cut I'll lead a 2 and play Offense:

Lead__________Our Pegging Pts.
3463 votes

Joined: November 2008

Wednesday 10:35 PM
With dealer already at hole 56, RAS is in the middle of nowhere. It's off., off., BOLD for me. Lead the 2C and take any pegs offered. After seeing the lousy trey cut, it' so be an offense choice for several hands. Notice how far down the list 2-2-2-9 is? Using my scant empirical data to calculate combined values, holding 2-2-5-6 is very near 1/2 point better. The 5-y6 discard to opponent crib is more than I am willing to chance. Note HalscribCLX shows the potential value of 5-6 to opponent crib is 7.63 which drops that choice of 2-2-2-9 to 4th spot, though the #1 voter choice this date. In our club, would retain 2-2-2-9 as club pays $50 for crib's rarest 20-point hand (22229). No where else would that be the case.