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Writer John Aubrey credits the creation of cribbage to the English poet Sir John Suckling in the early 17th century. Cribbage was a deviation of the card game Noddy which first appears in the Oxford English Dictionary around 1589.

Suckling was noted for his dashing wit and his devotion playing cards. It’s said that he would spend the whole morning in bed with a pack of cards studying his favorite games. Apparently he was also sort of a Cribbage shark as travelled around England playing cribbage with other people of status and managed to win around 20,000 pounds from them. That’s A LOT of money these days.

He was also a stylish fellow…as you can see in this painting.

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