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Play Free Cribbage Online


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Much of the enjoyment in playing cribbage comes from the tactile experience of shuffling and dealing the cards and moving your pegs around the board. It's really very much about being able to touch the game pieces.

Cribbage is a great game for interacting with a friend or relative. Cribbage is easy enough to play that you can enjoy a conversation while playing.


There are of course those occasions when it's difficult to meet up with your favorite gaming partner in person and an online version of the game can become necessary, or at least more convenient. This lens is dedicated to reviewing online gaming sites that offer a cribbage option. You will find that some sites allow you to play one-on-one with a person of your choice, or with someone randomly picked from a list of enthusiasts. Likewise many of the sites also offer a software version that allows you to play against a computer.

These online gaming sites are in no particular order and I have no particular bias. I'm simply offering my personal opinion and personal observations of each of these online versions of the game in hopes to offer a simple and informed starting point for your search for an online cribbage game.

One huge benefit of playing online versions of the game is that you can usually play a game in a much shorter period of time than offline, additionally if you are playing against a computer software or an unknown opponent the results do not damage your local reputation. This gives you the opportunity to try out new techniques and strategies unbenounced to your friends, family, and foes.

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Cribbage at CandyStand.com

Free Cribbage - Play Against the computer.

CandyStand.com>Cribbage "The Sweetest Games Online" according to their intro. Candy Stand offers a whole list of new and traditional games.

CandyStand's cribbage game is very straight forward play against a computer software and gives you an option to count your cards before the computer counts them for you. If you are in a hurry you can knock out a game in a few minutes... no waiting for the opponent to decide on their next move.

I played a few games and was quite satisfied with the experience, I'm sure I'll return. This Java based game is available to play free cribbage online after you sit through a 30 second advertisement, with no registration or sign up necessary.

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Cribbage at Games.com

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Games.com Is an AOL run site that offers a large choice of online gaming, including of course, cribbage. In "2009" AOL shifted it's online gaming efforts away from a partnership with pogo.com and their then site AOLgames.com. AOLgames.com now redirects to Games.com.

In relationship to the online cribbage games I've played, AOL's Games.com graphics are about as good as they get. I'm not sure I understand the squirrel motif, but I did enjoy the real looking cribbage board.

Even though the graphics are excellent and the interface is easy to understand I had some issues with the load time of the mandatory sponsors ads. When you sign in you are subjected to a 15 second advertisement, which I think is a tolerable trade off. I did however have an issue that during many of my visits there was an additional wait of as much as 15-45 seconds waiting for the 15 second ad to load. Several times it simply went on and didn't load at all unless I refreshed the page.

Outside of the waiting for the ad to load business the site is well balanced, the game is aesthetically pleasing and there seems to be enough registered users to find a game when you want to play cribbage online. Possibly my expectations are too high, but with a high profile URL such as Games.com and the backing of AOL a pioneer in the online gaming and online social sphere, I anticipated a flawless experience.

All in all, well worth a visit Games.com offers a nicely done online cribbage game playing experience.

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Cribbage At Games.com





Tournament Play, One On One, or Play Against The Computer

Ecribbage.com Boasts an online community devoted specifically to online cribbage play. Games offered at ecribbage.com include: Traditional Cribbage, Kings Cribbage, Crash Cribbage, Baseball Cribbage, Crib With Jokers, Low-ball Cribbage, Back Up 10 Cribbage, Toss Fives Cribbage, Manual Copunt Cribbage, Crib with Muggins, Team Cribbage, you may even choose to Play the Hal1700 Cribbage Robot.

Sign up and this is the greeting you'll get - "Welcome to eCribbage! We can only assume that you love Cribbage, and you've come to the right place. We've got lots of games, a super family friendly community, daily tournaments, thousands of players, and even computer opponents to sharpen your skills."

I'm buying into the culture of the community and I want to love this and I sort of do, but the site itself is a little tedious to navigate. I had trouble with the Java Applet not popping up while in Google Chrome. Each time I clicked the play now button I'd receive a download file rather than a game play window. After switching to an Internet Explorer browser it seemed to function better... granted it could have been my browser settings, but that's not my issue, after all this is "2012" and I look for a click and play experience.

It seems the managers of this site work hard to promote cribbage and maintain the Ecribbage.com site and I applaud their efforts, but I'm afraid if they don't upgrade the experience they'll have a hard time expanding their membership. Ecribbage.com appears to be built on a strong social foundation and promotes the game of cribbage, this author says if you are serious about cribbage they are worth a visit.

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Cribbage at Yahoo Games

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Games.Yahoo.com> Cribbage has been a solid player in online gaming for many years and has a large following. You will need to sign up for a Yahoo account in order to play, but once you have done that you will have access to all of their free game options.

I don't want to over promote Yahoo, they do a good enough job of that themselves, however the company has a lot of advertising dollars to pull from and with that have been able to develop a very active and competitive online gaming community.

Be prepared to be force fed an occasional sponsors advertisement; if your able to tolerate that, you can easily get lost in the Yahoo online community and cribbage rooms for weeks at a time.

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Have You Ever Played Cribbage Online ?

shellens on January 22, 2013:

ahh, it is very difficult to get to 121 points before my opponent, but anyway it is a great game and this lens of course...

anonymous on October 25, 2012:

played cribbage on yahoo for years but now can,t get on to play

Bob Zau (author) on July 05, 2012:

Although I much prefer to play cribbage with a real board sitting across from my opponent, I'll occasionally play an online cribbage game.

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