Rummy is one of the most common card games that is known to all. While many players play rummy with one deck of cards, usually the game is played with two decks of cards and a total of two jokers. If you want us to demystify the game of Rummy for you, let’s get started! It’s surely not complicated as it may seem.
There are usually 2 to 6 players in the game of rummy and 2 decks of cards. Each player is dealt with 13 cards and a random or wild card from the closed deck is selected as the joker of the game. When two, three, or four players are playing Rummy, each player gets ten cards. When five players are playing Rummy, each player gets six cards. With more than five players, usually, it is recommended to use two decks of cards. A two-player game can also be played with standard seven cards each. So, all in all, it is up to you, how you wish to play!
There are two piles of cards in any game of rummy. One is an open deck where the player needs to group cards as per sequences or sets to win. The closed deck is from where the players pick one card and either use it or discard it.
When dealing the cards, the undealt cards need to be put as a closed deck facing downwards, on the center of the table. The top card only is turned upwards beside the stock of discarded cards. If you are dealing the cards, the player to your left starts playing the game. The player can either pick the card that is opened as the first card of the discard pile or pick the topmost card from the closed deck. If the player can use the card in his/her combinations, that is fine, or else they can choose to put it on the discarded pile of cards. The turn then goes on to the next player, and that is how the game continues till the end.
To win the rummy card game, the players have to group cards in valid sequences and sets. Upon completing the entire card deck grouping as sequences or sets, there are usually two kinds of sets that can be created. A pure set is when numbers are in quick succession, like A-2-3, or 5, 6, 7, or 10-Jack-Queen-King, of the same suit (hearts, diamonds, clubs, or spades). An impure sequence is also permitted when the player uses the joker card as one of the decks. As per basic Rummy rules, once a player arranges the 13 cards that he/she has in his/her hands in 2 sequences which include 1 pure sequence and more groups (either sequences or sets), the player can make a declaration and win the game. Rummy can be played for fun or as a Rummy cash game, where actual cash can be won. In recent times, you can play rummy online on a play rummy app.
The players can either choose the card that is discarded in the open deck by the opponent or pick a new card altogether from the closed deck. Either way, when the player lifts one card, he/she has to discard one card. A lot like the famous Hindi saying, ek haath se de, ek haath se le! So, right from the beginning till the end, the player has only 13 cards.
Rummy game rules state that you can put your cards into two types of combinations, either as runs which means they are consecutive cards of three or more of the same suit. Alternatively, the player can put his/her cards into sets of three or four cards of the same rank (8-8-8, 5-5-5, etc.). This set can include two identical cards of the same rank and suit. The winner in any Rummy game is who manages to make the whole set of cards dealt to him/her into sequences or combinations, with one pure sequence at least, and others in whatever combination, with one card remaining to be discarded. So, now that you have a fair idea of how this game of Rummy is played, let’s get started!