How to Play Rummy Card Game - Rules & Guide

Playing cards and cash games have been a favourite pastime of a number of generations. From Solitaire to Snap them to Poker; they have not only been providing entertainment but have also been instrumental in improving logical and mathematical aptitude of the people. 

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A number of questions based on playing cards are a part of the curriculum of permutations and combinations. 

Despite the presence of a number of popular card games like Texas Hold ‘em, Poker and Baccarat, Rummy has remained a hot favourite amongst all groups of people. Everyone from kids to youngsters to aged people enjoy playing a hand or two of rummy.

Most Popular Card Game – Rummy


At a time when people spend more time in their offices or commuting, games like Rummy which were earlier played at home have shifted to mobiles. A number of mobile apps are available for popular games like Solitaire, Poker, teen Patti and even rummy. 

Easy to understand rules, make rummy extremely popular to download and play. Many popular online gaming apps provide a chance to win big money while playing rummy regularly. Thanks to these apps, you can enjoy playing with a number of people anywhere, anytime. 

This may be the reason why rummy has emerged as one of the most popular card game, with a large number of online players and fan following.

Rummy Rules for Maximum Win


How to play Rummy, For rummy fans, nothing gives a thrill comparable to a win, except maybe winning big! Many online versions of the game are available that allow you to play for points which can be converted into money. 

Since rummy is a legal game in India, as per the Supreme Court of India, playing an online game gives you a chance to earn extra money. To maximize your chances of winning big, you need to familiarise yourself with rules:

  • The game is played between 2-6 players using 2 decks of cards (52 cards – 13 cards, 4 suits).
  • A random card from the deck is selected as the Joker. All cards of the same rank, different suits are considered jokers, apart from 2 joker cards.
  • 13 cards are dealt with every player from the deck. Post dealing, the top card is placed face visible while remaining cards remain closed.
  • You can pick a card from the open or closed deck and need to discard one card to the open deck. However, you cannot discard a card you picked from the discard pile.
  • The aim of the game is to make sequence (1 pure, i.e. without a joker; and 1 impure, with joker) and sets (3 or 4 cards of same face value but different suits; may utilize joker) from the 13 cards.
  • The points in the game are calculated on this basis:
  1. Face cards like J, Q, K have 10 points each.
  2. The ace card has 10 points.
  3. Joker and wild cards have 0 points.
  4. Remaining cards have a face value.
  • You cannot declare the game without making a pure sequence. Since point tally is kept, once you have made a pure sequence, try to discard high-value cards (J, Q, K, A) and use joker/wildcards in case you end up losing the game.
  • Always recheck before you press a button to declare your hand. An invalid declaration may make you lose a winning hand. Here are some cases which can make your declaration invalid:
  1. The absence of a pure sequence (3 or more cards, same suit, in sequential order, formed without using joker or wildcard).
  2. 1 set compulsory (maximum 4 cards, same value but different suits, with or without joker or wildcard).
  3. Presence of Invalid set (4 cards with same value + joker/wildcard; or, 3 cards of the same value but having a suit repeated).

Playing the game keeping these rules in mind ensures that you win.

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