Is Going First an Advantage in Cribbage?

Paul R. Yarnold

Optimal Data Analysis, LLC

To assess if going first is an advantage in the card-game cribbage, an experienced human cribbage player competed against a computer for 100 games. When findings were analyzed using non-directional chi-square analysis there was no statistically significant effect. However, analysis using confirmatory UniODA revealed that the first move is a marginally significant (p<0.08) predictor of winning a cribbage game, and is a statistically significant (p<0.04) predictor if weights that are used by rule to indicate the magnitude of win (win = 1 point; skunk = 2 points; double-skunk = 3 points) are applied in analysis.

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