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  • Writer's pictureJon Mullett

Is there an advantage of dealing first in cribbage?

Updated: Sep 20, 2023

In cribbage players don't decide who deals first - the deck does. So what's the advantage of dealing first in cribbage?


Before a cribbage game, players both cut the deck and the player with the lowest card deals first. Seems like a little thing but there is an advantage to dealing first. Statistically, the player who deals first wins 55% to 60% of the time.


Think about this - if the game ends in an odd number of deals (50% chance) then the dealer has an extra hand. That's a significant advantage.


To determine who deals first, both players cut the deck. The player with the lowest card deals first (aces are the lowest card and King the highest).

cribbage hand with a double run and 15s

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