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About rummy games and rummy rules

Rummy is a card game that is loved and played by thousands of individuals from all around the world. The game is one of those classic card games that have entertained families, couples, groups and others for the last century and only continues to grow in popularity. If you are like many new players it may seem like a daunting task to learn how to play but you can do it with a bit of patience and practice. It’s imperative that you stay focused on the game at hand and prevent yourself from becoming frustrated if you don’t understand the game in the beginning.


There are different types of Rummy games with the most popular being traditional. There are many other popular variations as well including Mahjong, Canasta, 51 Kalooki, 40 Kalooki, Rummykub, Rummy 500, Tripoley, Burraco, Gin, Oklahoma and many others. The one you choose to play will be based on what type of game play you prefer and where you are at as a player. Some of the games require basic skills while others require high intellect and skill in order to understand and master the game properly. You will have several different games to choose from so you may opt to play different ones until you find the one that is right for you.

When playing Rummy, you will soon learn as a new player that it may seem like a daunting task but the game really isn’t that hard to understand once you start playing it. The game is typically best played with two to four players but up to six can take part. You can either choose to play by a predetermined amount of deals to be played or by setting a target score that a player must reach in order to win the game. Either way is fine but may vary with online game play so keep that in mind before entering into a game. Players will use a standard deck of fifty two cards which should contain four suits: hearts, spades, diamonds and clubs of which each should have the exact same thirteen cards: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 ,3 and 2.

The dealer in Rummy will be determined randomly by each player drawing a card with the highest one determining who the dealer is. The deal will move clockwise after the first round so each player will be given the same chance to be the dealer as the player before them. When there are only two players in the game each will be dealt ten cards. If there are only three to four players, each will be given seven cards. For five to six players each will be dealt only six cards. The cards will be dealt one at a time until each player has all of their cards and then the dealer will turn up the top card on the deck and place it on the table to start the discard pile. The rest of the deck will remain face down and is known as the stock pile in which players will draw a card from on their turn. Players will also need to view and sort their cards.

In Rummy the player’s goal is to be the first one to get rid of all of the cards in their hand by melding them and then discarding those they don’t need. You will need to meld the cards into what is known as runs or sets. A run consists of 3 or more cards that are consecutive and are of the same suit so for example a 3, 4, 5 of clubs or 5,6,7,8 of hearts would be a run. A set is 3 or more cards that are of the same rank but not of the same suit so an example would be three 8’s or four 7’s. Some games will allow you to “lay off” which means to place cards on preexisting melds. Discarding is when a player places a card from his hand onto the discard pile.

When playing Rummy the game will begin with the first player drawing a card from either the stock pile or from the discard pile. The discard pile is always up so all the players can see them, but if a player takes a card from the discard pile, it must be used immediately to create a valid meld. Once the player has created all of the valid melds that they can, then a card will be placed onto the discard pile and then the game will progress onto the next player. The game will continue like this until the stock pile runs empty and then the pile will be turned over and reused.

The game of Rummy will continue until a player has reached a certain amount of points or until they have used all of their cards to successfully create valid melds and discard one card. When a player has used all of their cards the scoring will begin. Face cards which include Jacks, Queens and Kings are all worth ten points. Aces are worth only one point while all other cards are worth their face value (for example a five is worth 5 points). The total value of all of the players combined will be added to the winner’s cumulative score. The game may continue on until a certain score has been met or this may end the game totally.

Other additional rules may apply depending on the Rummy rules of the site that you are playing on. Instead of the points being added onto the winning score, the players with cards left in their hand may be penalized depending on the amount of cards left in their hand. Regardless of what your favorite game is, you can be sure that this long standing popular game will bring excitement to your life and you will enjoy the benefits that are offered by playing online. You can now enjoy playing all of your favorite Rummy games from the comfort of your own home or office.

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