For the first time in 70 years

For the first time in 70 years

Creston resident dealt 29-point crib hand

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For the first time in 70 years, Dennis Vandenberg hit it big, when he was recently dealt a 29-point cribbage hand.

According to, the odds of being dealt a 29-point hand in a two-player cribbage game are 216,580 to one.

If you’re wondering how it works: The jack and four fives — three in White’s hand and one on the deck — create eight combinations that add up to 15, for a total of 16 points. The four fives create six unique pairs of fives for a total of 12 points. The jack in his hand of a suit matching the deck’s five gives one point. And 16 plus 12 plus one equals 29!