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Cribbage Simplified - Beginner to Grandmaster Perfect Paperback – October 26, 2007

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Under a former title, Cribbage Simplified - Beginner To Grandmaster was an award winning eBook, Eppie Finalist, 2007. This card game book is all about Cribbage with its main focus on the 121-point game. It is a uniquely original cribbage book that comes with an abundance of playing tips and strategy technique that will teach Cribbage to the first time beginner and hone the skills of a tournament champion. Serious deference is even paid to the player who enjoys playing cribbage in the pub environment.

Checklists, illustrations, charts, diagrams and exercises abound to give the written word visual significance so you can read it and see it. Reader exercises follow strategy and technique chapters with correct answers provided. All content is designed to reveal and teach game winning techniques such as the prime directive, rule of seven and rule of three. Understanding how the characteristics of cards differ in various aspects of the game is essential to winning such as appropriately applying the favored Jack and repugnant King theories during the throw-off process and knowing when and why a five should be chosen over a nine to be played against a seven during pegging play. It is critical to understand how pegging play differs between the dealer and non-dealer.

Catch phrases are used to allow a player to instantly recognize and employ game winning techniques as the need arises. They are new and specifically invented to be easily retained in memory such as cards whose relationships are compatible, friendly and unfriendly. Board position recognition and strategy is a must to any cribbage player's game arsenal. That complex concept is carefully illustrated for immediate utilization as a game winning technique.

The author's new reinvented approach to the 121-point game simplifies the most complex aspects of cribbage to render the difficult readily usable. And for those hard-core stalwarts that want to study the esoteric inner-workings of cribbage; that too is here.

These newly invented playing techniques can change your game from one that everybody wants to play against to one dreaded by all opponents, taking it to a world class level. It is all about learning how to employ an optimum strategy given the active game information at hand and being able to do that with a single glance at the cards.

For instance, beginning a second round of pegging play it is pone's lead with two cards remaining to choose from, a six (6) and a ten (10). Dealer also has two remaining cards. Which card does Pone lead, the six or the ten? The correct response is the six, but why? Because if pone leads the ten, the dealer can play a six and since pone has only a six remaining, dealer could score a triple for a seven point pegging play if dealer has a third six. But, if pone leads the six then the dealer can only pair the six and inasmuch as the pone's remaining ten card will take the running count to 22, that ten card cannot be paired. Thus, the dealer's pegging potential has been held in check. It is a form of damage control.

There is a whole lot more to the card game of Cribbage than you ever imagined, 158 pages, to be exact within the 2/26/2008 edition. Good luck and keep on pegging.

(Other great books by J.T. Best - For Sci/Fi - Fantasy lovers have a look at WHEN DARKNESS FELL; in paperback and for sale right here on Amazon.)

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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Jaala Inc.; 2/26/2008 edition (October 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980387515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980387513
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,070,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book truly simplified the retention/throw-off aspect of the game. With a single read I was able to understand the card relationships of compatible, friendly and unfriendly. That basic information was, in and of itself, worth the value of the book. The in-depth charts and exercises made it easier to understand how to prevail at each stage of the game. Learning how Board Position is critical to winning the game provided tremendous insight. Board position is something I hadn't even thought about. I had to read that chapter several times in order to quickly apply those game-winning techniques. Cribbage Simplified is worth every star of its five star rating.
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Not really for beginners, this book is worth the time and effort for the novice who wants to learn to play cribbage well. While it does explain the basics of the game, it really become valuble for the player who can already count and peg points. Be prepared to do some studying if you want to get the most from this short book.
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I played cribbage many years ago and finally met up with someone who missed the game as well. Although we were a little rusty we started playing once a week and have introduced the game to a few others.
The book is well written and EASY to understand. It lays the game out in a simple organized fashion, explains basic scoring a novice would understand and addresses strategy and play for the more advanced players. Something for everyone at every level of play. I did not "get" the "confusing" English others had mentioned. It seemed pretty straight forward to me.
Love the book!
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Prior to reading this book I knew the basics of cribbage. After reading I am much more confident in my play. The author does an excellent job of explaining numerous scenarios and what you should do in each. The logic of what cards to play, when to play them and why to play them is much clearer after reading this book.
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Cribbage is a fun game, it's like a race to the finish. It's more intricate than meets the eye, primarily on what your opponent is likely to throw in the crib. It may take a few games for luck to even out, but it's worth the wait. Overall a good book on cribbage.
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Great book on cribbage. The strategy offered by J. T. Best is understandable,clear and concise for my little brain and I have begun besting the computer playing the medium challenge. I just began playing the game 2 months ago but have wanted to for years. I want to become a much better player so I feel that a book for the beginner to grandmaster should be the very BOOK I need. I also have the book by Frank and Simon Butler (How to Play and Win) so I consider myself armed for bear. As I stated in my assessment of "The Butlers" book all I need now is to have a person to talk back to so that I might become better at pegging with no Muffins. Thank you J. T. Best.
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This is a great Cribbage book, light years ahead of the simple tutorials on the web. The first thirty pages or so on counting hands alone are well worth the price. Working through the book is enhancing my ability to understand, play, and enjoy the game.

The English in the book is a little labored, and makes it harder to follow than, say, a Dummies book. but what the author lacks in language simplicity, he makes up in subject matter mastery.

IPad users might want to purchase the PDF version directly from the author and pair it up with Cribbage Pro HD from the App Store.
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I enjoyed the different scenarios and exercises in the book. It was easy to read and helped me in every area to improve my overall game. I would definitely recommend this book!!
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