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NICHOLAS MERCER: Playing cribbage against a pair of national champions

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Anne Dubec’s father had a rule when it came to cribbage. If a pair of the same card appeared in the first six cards, he wouldn’t split them up. It's a rule Dubec is thinking about breaking now.

She and I are into our fourth hand of a crib game at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 12 in Grand Falls-Windsor. Surrounded by portraits of fallen military veterans and other war relics, Dubec reluctantly splits the pair. Discarding her two cards — she doesn’t break the rule for the rest of the game — into the crib pile, we start progressing through the hand. Eventually, I end up with 15 points and push out to a modest lead.
Dubec and her partner, Dennis Fewer, won the national doubles title at the Dominion Command Cribbage championship in Ottawa. Paul Lane and Beverly Thistle were also members of Team NL.
Playing out of Grand Falls-Windsor, they are the second national champions to come out of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 12........

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