Rummy Games Introduction
Games lesson is part of the Learn Poker Games
and teaches the
basics for the most popular card games ever.
These card games can aptly be defined
as a family of games with a similar pattern or approach to
playing–draw and discard style.
Rummy Games History
the actual meaning of rummy is not easy – considering the fact that the
game has a vast geographic history. Many believe that Rummy was
conceived in New York in early 20th century and soon became Gin Rummy.
Others feel that it has roots in the Oriental card games such as
Mahjong. Still another theory is that Rummy was first played by the
Spanish who came to the West and was quickly adopted by the elite
players in America.
Rummy Games: Rules
reason for the popularity of rummy is the
that govern the game. Two to six players can play at once and the deck
of cards used is the standard 52-card deck with the rank of cards
starting from the King (highest) to queen, jack, and down to the
The dealer is usually decided by drawing a card from the deck.
one with the lowest rank is the dealer and the person on his/her right
has to cut the deck. The dealer then shuffles the deck and deals out
the cards, one at a time in clockwise order.
If there are two players, then each gets 10 cards, 3 or 4 players get 7
cards each and 5 or 6 players get 6 cards each.
objective of rummy is to get rid of all your cards by forming various
combinations consisting of three of four cards. These are predetermined
and standard combinations that may be either a sequence (a run) or a
group (a set).
Examples are run=7-8-9 (same suit) or set=7-7-7
The game starts with the player on the dealer’s left. He/she either
picks a card from the discard pile or the stock pile.
he/she wishes, he may discard a card (not the same if picked from the
discard pile) to the discard pile, or form a combination (also called
meld) and put it on the table. And the game moves on.
players may do the same or they may lay off which means that they may
add a card to an existing meld on the table.
the stock pile runs out, the topmost card on the discarded pile is set
aside and the remaining cards are shuffled to form the new stockpile.
Rummy Games: Scoring
Calculated by cards remaining in hand – all face cards have
10 points each, aces equal 1 point and remaining cards have their pip
value (a 9 of hearts has 9 points, 4 of spades 4 points, etc.) The
person to lose all their cards first, wins the game.
A player has a Rummy when he/she disposes all the cards on hand in one
go without laying off or melding before. In this case, each other
player has to pay him double the owed amount.
Rummy Games: Strategies
Rummy is a strategy game that requires a good degree of skill, logic
and memory to win. Basically, a player has to:
Deduce what type of runs or sets your opponents are trying to build and
this can be done by memorizing the cards they discard or hold back.
To confuse your opponents, play high count cards in a such a way they
cannot gauge what combination you are trying to pull off but be careful
that you do not end up helping your opponents.
3. Strategically, middle
numbered cards are more valuable as they can make many runs and sets.
For example, a 5 can make a run with 456, 567 or 345, but an ace can
only do so with A23.
Rummy Games: Versions
variations of rummy include:
Queen City Rum – this version makes it necessary for people to go rummy
before melding. No double points are given.
Boat House Rum – Rules are same except that players are allowed to
withdraw two cards at a time.
Kaluki – this variation includes two decks with jokers plus large melds
and points for the winner.
Continental Rummy, Double Rum and Poker Rum are two other famous
This lesson is
followed by Rummy Quiz
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