Are you new to Rummy? These guidelines on how to play rummy will be very helpful to get you started.
So far so good? Let's get deeper into the objective, how to play and what things we should know while playing online rummy:
Rummy is the most popular cards game under 'Draw & Discard' category. Simple objective of the game is to create sequences or sets depending on the situation of the game. Rummy players need to carefully analyze their cards & either draw or discard cards in hand.
Rummy is not only a game but it also flexes your mind muscles since your next step in the game would solely depend on factors like previous players' cards, cards to be discarded etc.
It is of primary importance to know the rummy rules. We will be touching on those rules after covering the basics.
To play rummy card game, the player needs to form 2 sequences and sets. Sequences are of two types, pure sequence and impure sequence. The remaining can be sets. To win a rummy game, it is necessary to have a pure sequence in your hand. Let’s learn more about how to form sequences and sets in rummy.
Rummy 13 card game requires two sequences, out of which one must be pure sequence. A sequence is a group of 3 or more cards of the same suit. Let’s see what’s the difference between pure sequence and an impure sequence.
A pure sequence is a group of 3 or more cards of the same suit without any wild card or Joker. Let’s understand this better with the help of some examples.
Example of Pure Sequence
K, Q, J
K,Q, J are running cards of the same suit and there is no use of any wild card or Jokers. Hence, this forms a pure sequence in rummy.
4♥ 5♥ 6♥
This example once more shows, number cards of the same suit without any Joker. This also forms a pure sequence.
The simple way to do it is, pick cards of the same suit in a continuous order and you get a pure sequence. Colour of the card is not important here.
In this, cards are of the same suit, but one card in the group is a wild or Joker card. Let’s elaborate this with the help of examples.
J, 8♥ 9♥ 10♥
This is an example of impure sequence, with the Joker here acting as 7♥. Since one card used here is a Joker it is an impure sequence.
8♥ J 10♥ Jack♥
In this example, we can see the Joker taking the place of 9 ♥. The Jack♥ in the end is correct, but Joker in the middle makes it an impure sequence.
To have a valid declaration, a rummy hand also needs to have sets. A set is a group of 3 or 4 cards of the same rank but different suits. However, a set cannot have two or more cards of the same rank. A set can also include a Joker to complete the hand.
Example of Valid Set
A ♥ A ♠️ A ♣️
This is a valid set having same value cards of different suits. The colour of the suits is not important.
7 ♥ 7 ♠️ 7 ♣️ Joker
This is one more example of a valid set. However, the fourth card here is a Joker, replacing 7 ♦️. There’s nothing like pure or impure sets, so Joker can be used here.
However, when making sets, you can’t use 2 cards of the same suit in one group. Let’s understand this better with the help of examples.
Example of Invalid Set
K♥ K♥ K♦
Invalid Set: This group has two cards of K♥ and that’s incorrect. Hence, this will not be counted as a valid set.
7♦ 7♣ 7♦ 7♥
Joker card is used in both sequences and sets. There are two types of Jokers that are used in a 13 card rummy game. One is the wild card Joker and the other is the Joker card available in the pack.
Wild Joker: At the beginning of the game, one card at random is selected as the Wild Card Joker. This card is selected from the closed deck and is placed horizontally along with the closed deck.
Example 1: Queen as Wild Joker card
We will first form a sequence with Q♥
5♦ 6 ♦ 7 ♦ Q♥
Here Q♥ is replacing 8 ♦. This is an example of impure sequence.
We will now form a set here with Q ♣
A♦ Q♣ A♠ A♥
Here the Q♣ has been used in place of A♣ to form a set.
Q♣ has replaced A♣ to form a set of A♦ A♣ A♠ A♥
There are two printed Jokers in a 13 card rummy game. They are used in the same way like the wild card Joker. You can use printed Jokers to form sets and sequences. Here’re some examples using printed Joker to form your hand.
3♦ 4♦ 5♦PJ
Here printed Joker has replaced 5♦ to form a sequence 3♦ 4♦ 5♦ 6♦
Remember, you can’t form a pure sequence using a printed Joker.
5♦ 5♠ PJ 5♥
In this example, printed Joker has replaced 5♣ to form a set of 5♦ 5♣ 5♠ 5♥
Important Tip: If the printed Joker is also the wild card in a rummy game, then all the Ace’s of the suits become wild cards.
To declare, the show of hands must be in a proper order. You need 2 valid sequences and 2 sets. Here’re some things to keep in mind while making a Declaration.
After the players have 13 cards each, the remaining cards are arranged in a closed deck. Here’s how players can pick and discard cards from the given decks.
Once one player declares, the unmatched cards for the remaining players are counted. Here’s how the scoring is done:
There are different variants of rummy and they differ slightly from one another. Here’re some demo videos to get you started with playing rummy.
Here’s a quick guide for beginners on how to play rummy. Learn the basics, chose your favourite game format, and get on board an exciting journey of Rummy - for it's a fun, legal and thrilling game!
This is the classic and the most popular format of Rummy where points are assigned to each card. The points have a pre-decided rupee value. Winning amount of the winner is decided based on the remaining points of other players. The 13 card game format is preferred due its fast pace as the game lasts for only one round unlike Deals or Pool Rummy. Watch the demo to learn more
This format was introduced exclusively for the benefit of our players. All players are given an equal number of chips where they play for a pre-decided number of deals. One winner wins all the chips at the end of each deal. Player with maximum number of chips, at the end of all pre-decided deals, wins the game. Watch the demo to know more.
Pool Rummy is one of the most exciting 13 card game rummy version that you can enjoy on our website. All players pay a fixed entry fee that becomes the prize pool. More than winning, one needs to minimize losses! Winner of every deal gets 0 points, and the rest accumulate points based on their cards. Once a player reaches the maximum limit of points on the table (101 or 201), he/she is eliminated. Watch the demo to find out how Pool Rummy is played.
Hope you have learned quite in details and know the basic things to start playing online rummy game. For android users, RummyCircle have rummy game free download app and if you are an IOS user, you can play on mobile site m.rummycircle.com
Now learn more while playing practice games. Once you feel you have grabbed enough rummy skills, you should try rummy cash games to win cash and have fun!
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