29-point crib hand for Creston man

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Roy White with his recent 29-point cribbage hand and the Advance article featuring his wife’s similar hand in 2004.

Roy White with his recent 29-point cribbage hand and the Advance article featuring his wife’s similar hand in 2004.

Roy White couldn’t have been more surprised on July 10 when, during his regular morning cribbage game with his wife, Connie Olson, he discovered that he had a 29-point hand.

“I said to Connie, ‘I’ve got a big, big, big one,’ ” said White.

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

This was the second 29-point hand the 78-year-old White has had; the other was over 50 years ago. His wife’s high-scoring hands are much more recent, though, with one in February 2008 and one in May 2004 (she was dealt a first “years ago” on Vancouver Island).

Here’s how the scoring 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!