Playing a Game
There are two ways to score during the game:
The first is called “Scoring the Line” that occurs during an individual turn, also called “Pegging”. Players score points, for runs, pairs, and combinations of runs and pairs as they discard on the line.
The second is called ‘Scoring the Round’, which occurs at the end of the round, when each player scores their hand. Scoring starts to the player left of the dealer and passes to the left. Each player scores the best 4 out of 5 cards in their hand in conjunction with a common card. The unused card goes to the dealers crib, which is a second hand for the dealer. The dealer scores the crib after scoring their hand.
The Kill Card
BFC, unlike standard cribbage, also puts a joker into play. The joker is called the ‘kill card’ for it kills any hand that it is part of during the scoring of the round.
Play a Round
A round begins with a shuffle of the cards and a deal. Round play starts with the player to the left of the dealer in playing their turn. Instructions for playing a turn will be discussed in the next section. At the completion of a turn play passes to the left. Players will continue to play turns until one player reveals all five of their cards face up as a result of their turn, or until there are only two cards remaining in the draw pile. At the end of the round players will score their hand, with the dealer also scoring the crib.
Play a Turn
Take a Turn
The first turn of the round for each player is a special case. Before taking their first turn the player choses any two of the five cards in front of them and turns them face-up.
Example - Starting a Player’s First Turn
Player 1 dealt. Player 2 begins their turn by turning over any two cards in their hand, exposing the 10s and the 5d. Now they will play the rest of the turn as normal.
Choosing from the Draw Pile
Example - Playing a Card from the Draw Pile
Choosing from the Line
Example - Playing a card from the Line
“Go” and Renewing of the Line
Example - Renewing the Line
Ending a Standoff
Example - Standoff
Example - Cease Fire