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Extremely rare cribbage hand dealt

Local team turns up a 29-hand spread in cribbage game

A Sooke woman beat the odds of 1 in 650,000 when she was dealt a perfect hand in a team cribbage game at the Sooke Legion on Aug. 2.

Perfect-hand winner, Roberta Davies, said she was “stunned” when she learned she possessed the rare 29-hand — three five cards and one jack in your hand plus a fourth five in matching suit with the jack turned up on the deck when cut.

“When everyone yelled, ‘Roberta got a 29-hand,’ I thought ‘Wow, that must be something really special,’” she said.

Although Davies did not realize the rarity of her hand, her fellow players in the four person game did.

“This is the first time I’ve ever dealt a 29 and been involved with a 29-hand,” said game participant, Lee Drover.

Having played cribbage for over 60 years, Drover said he has never encountered the rare feat.

Similarly, Davies, who has been playing cribbage for over 50 years, said she has never seen, let alone been dealt, the highest scoring, perfect hand.

“I wish it had been a lotto, that would’ve been neat.”