Card Games

And the Winner is ...

A report by Liveryman Edward Copisarow.

WCMPC’s 3rd Annual Cribbage Tournament, held at Guildhall on 16th December 2019, reached a breathtaking climax as 13 year old Harry Madden snatched the coveted trophy in a play-off against life-long cribbage aficionado, Joe Street of the Worshipful Company of Bakers, 59 years Harry’s senior.

Harry had astounded all by scoring the maximum 183 points in the second session of play. Grandad, Past Master Jim Madden, himself runner up in 2017, remarked ruefully, “ Harry beat me 61 points to 32: I wouldn’t normally mind, but I was really trying”. Master John Eaton, winner of 2018’s least promising newcomer prize, defied all expectations by finishing this year in the middle of the field before presenting antique cribbage boards and a host of other prizes to the winner of each table of four, to the youngest newcomer and (to the greatest applause of all) to the Best New Clerk, Annie Prouse, who had fixed up the most sumptuous spread of finger food and brought the most important item of the night …the corkscrew!

Follow the Queen of Diamonds below to find out how to play Cribbage with full rules and illustrations.

Card Games

As part of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, we get to play and enjoy many card games throughout the year. Some games remain popular today and others have their rules based in times past and have perhaps fallen out of everyday use.

Here you will find a small selection of some of those more unusual or obscure games that have recently graced our tables.

Two Handed Five Card Cribbage

Swedish Pursuit
Crazy Eights