Sir John Suckling, an English poet (1609-1642. "The greatest gallant of his time and the greatest gamester, both at bowling and cards," -according to one contempotrary.) is said to have "invented" Cribbage, but is more likely that he merely helped to codify the modern rules, elaborating on an earlier game called "Noddy." References to Noddy appear first in the 16th century. Prior to that, the board may have started out as a scoring board used with a dicing game.
Early English settlers brought Cribbage to America, where its popularity still endures as an absorbing game for 2, 3, 4, or 6 players. The four-handed game is no longer as popular as it was in Victorian times. Charles Dickens wrote about four-handed Cribbage in the "The Old Curiosity Shop". Modern 6-card Cribbage became popular during the 19th century
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