How to Play Rummy

Rummy is one of the most popular card games worldwide and is becoming more popular every day. Playing rummy online has become the latest trend for people of all ages. You may have heard of Oklahoma Rummy, Gin Rummy, Kalooki or traditional Rummy. These are all forms of the popular game Rummy. Before moving on to discussing the rules in detail, lets start with the basic objective of the game. Generally, 2-4 players are competing in a game of traditional Rummy.

Rummy is all about discarding your cards into melds before any other player does so. A meld can be either a set or a run. A set is made up of 3 or more cards of the same value. A run consists of 3 or 4 cards of the same suit in ascending or descending order, eg: 5, 6 and 7 or spades. The ultimate goal is to get rid of all your cards and reduce the number of points you have. Let’s talk about the rules and objectives of traditional Rummy a little further.

How the Game is Played

The game of Rummy starts with each player getting dealt 10 cards. Once the dealer has finished dealing, the remaining cards are placed face down in the middle of the table. This pile is called the “stockpile”. One card is placed up in it’s own pile, this pile is known as the “discard pile”. Typically, game play begins to the left of the dealer and continues in a clockwise direction. The first player now has an option. They can either choose a card from the stockpile or draw the card from the discard pile. The player adds this card to their hand and tries to form sets and runs. Once the player is “done” with their turn they have to discard one card from their hand onto the discard pile.

The ultimate goal of Rummy is to complete as many sets and runs as possible and get rid of your cards. These sets and runs are referred to as “melds”. As a meld is formed the player has the option of laying them down in front of them and getting them out of their hand. But, once a player lays down a meld, other players can add their cards to this players meld, making it easier for them to get rid of their cards. For example, if I had a set of 3 8′s in my hand. Once I decided to lay this set down on the table, another player with an eight could now lay this card down continuing on my set.

Winning the Game

Winning the game is fairly simple. The first way to win is called “going out”. The player who can lay down all of their cards into melds and discard their final card first, has gone out. The next way to win is known as “Going Rummy”. All this means is a player has put down every single card without laying down any meld on prior hands. So in conclusion, once a player has no more cards in their hand, this round of rummy is over. Once a player has gone out and gotten rid of all of their cards, the scores are calculated.

All of the cards left in the other player’s hands are now counted up and their scores are created. All face cards are valued at 10 points, aces are 1 and the other cards are valued at face value. So for instance, if I have a Jack, a 9 and an ace in my hand and another player “goes out”. My point total for this turn would be 20 (10+9+1). In addition, if a player “goes Rummy” each player gets 25 points added to their score as a penalty. In most cases, the game is played to 100. So once a player reaches 100 points, the game is over and the player with the lowest score has won the game. The lower your points, the better you are doing.

Hopefully this gives you a better idea of how to play traditional Rummy. It’s a fun game and very easy to play once you get the hang of it.