Cribbage is a well known card game that offers opportunities to enjoy socializing with others using respect and good sportsmanship while in a competitive environment.
Playing cribbage can be a very rewarding and enjoyable past time. The game is so well established that tournaments are played world-wide. There is even an organization call the American Cribbage Congress.
According to the American Cribbage Congress there is a code of ethics that should be followed while playing cribbage. This especially holds true in a cribbage tournament.
First, cheating is obviously frowned upon. This destroys the very essence of the game and makes playing the game pointless.
Never mark or bend the cards in order to know which card is coming up next to aid in deciding what card to throw during pegging or to discard after being dealt a new hand.
Also, any attempt to control the location of cards in the deck is also similar to marking the deck as this also helps a player to know which cards are coming up next which will alter further play.
Controlling the location of cards can happen during the shuffle or deal.
Be sure to only discard two cards to the crib. Attempting to discard more and then retrieving them later is unethical and unsportsmanlike as this allows a player to manipulate the outcome of the game.
Another area that should not be tampered with is scoring. Moving pegs the wrong amount of holes or changing score cards is considered cheating and frowned upon by legitimate players.
On the other extreme, playing poorly to help an opponent get a better score is just as bad as cheating to obtain a higher score. This will throw the game and the tournament as well.
Excessive drinking, profanity and rudeness are not allowed during cribbage tournaments. This distracts others and can cause distress for other players and cause them to have a hard time concentrating on their game.
This can easily ruin a tournament.
Finally, violating the rules on purpose to gain an advantage is not allowed and is unethical. This type of behavior is frowned upon by the American Cribbage Congress.
So, playing by the rules is the best way to enjoy a cribbage tournament. Hopefully you will never came across these issues, but now you know how to avoid them yourself. Enjoy your game!
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