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How to play rummy: Official card game rules and guide

Rummy is a card game that is played with two decks of cards with total of two Jokers. Here's how you can play.


What is Rummy?

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Rummy is a group of matching-card games notable for similar gameplay based on matching cards of the same rank or sequence and same suit. The basic goal in any form of rummy is to build melds that can be either sets or runs. Rummy games are popular in India. It is likely that Indian rummy is an extension of gin rummy and 500 rum, which originated from the United States.

Indian rummy is believed to have evolved from a South Asian rummy variant, Celebes Rummy that is also known as Rhuk.

Is Rummy legal?

The popularity of rummy in India has led to the creation of many online Rummy platforms in the country where players can play rummy online and win cash prizes. Rummy is legal because rummy is a game of skill and it is protected by the Constitution of India. The Supreme Court of India ruled in the year 1968 that rummy is a game of skill. You can play rummy online and win money and that is perfectly legal. The government even levies an income tax on very big winnings in a single game.

Features of rummy:

  1. Deal
  2. Melds
  3. Gameplay
  4. Show
  5. Scoring


    1. Pure Sequence:  A sequence of at least three consecutive cards of the same suit without any Joker
    2. Impure Sequence: This essentially has a Joker to complete it. Impure sequences can use Joker.

What is a set?

In a Rummy Card game, three or four cards of the same rank but different suits are used to make a set. A set cannot have more than one card from a suit. You can use one or more Jokers to replace any other card(s) in a set.

How to play Rummy?

There are many variations of the card game. Basic rummy is also called sai rummy. Another type is called Sanka rummy. The version of rummy prevalent in India is called Indian rummy. They all share a common set of features found in the basic game.

A standard deck of 52 cards is used. The cards rank from 2 (low) to A (high). Rummy can be played to a certain score, or to a fixed number of deals. All rummy games are about card-melding, i.e., forming valid combinations of sequences and/or sets. Players pick and discard a card on their turns to achieve the goal. The one who successfully melds his/her cards before all others are the winner in that game of rummy.

  1. Each player is dealt a certain number of cards from the deck. A Rummy card game is played between 2 to 6 players with 2 decks of cards.
  2. With more than five players, you must use two decks of cards and a hand of seven cards. The two-player game can also be played with seven cards each.
  3. Each player is dealt with 13 cards and a random card is selected as a wild joker or joker card of the game.
  4. On each turn, you need to draw/pick a card from any of the two piles of cards on the table: the closed deck and the open deck. After picking a card, you have to discard one of your cards.
  5. You can include both printed and wild Jokers in impure sequences and sets.
  6. As per Indian rummy rules, once a player arranged 13 cards invalid 2 sequences including 1 pure sequence and more groups.
  7. The play continues clockwise around the table. When the stock runs out, shuffle the discard pile and set it up again.
  8. The player who makes a valid declaration first wins the game.

Points Calculation in 13 Card Rummy:

  1. All face cards (ace, king, queen, and jack) have a value of 10 points each.
  2. In 13 cards rummy, the cards rank from high to low as follows: A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, and 2.
  3. The numbered cards are worth their face values. For example, the King of Hearts is worth 10 points and the 5 of Spades is worth 5 points.
  4. All jokers (both printed and cut joker) have the value of zero points.
  5. A maximum of 80 points can be allocated to a hand.
  6. When you drop at the beginning of the game, it will be considered a “first drop”, for which you will get 20 points. I
  7. If the declaration of a player goes wrong, he is allocated 80 points as a penalty.
  8. If a player declares the rummy game on the first turn then the other players will give up to a maximum of middle hand penalty (40 points).

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