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The Deal
To begin, each player cuts a card, and the player drawing the low card deals the first hand. (Aces are low.) The deal shifts to the other player--or in a four-player game, to the player on the left--each hand. The dealer (identified by a "D" next to his or her name) automatically deals six cards to each player. Players look at their cards, and each player discards two cards facedown. The four discarded cards are known as the "crib." To choose cards for the crib players click on those cards, then hit the 'To Crib' button. The nondealer cuts the deck, and dealer turns the top card face up. This card is known as the starter. If the card is a jack, the dealer immediately scores two points. (A starter jack is called "the heel.")

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