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How to Play Rummy

How To Play Rummy- Beginners Guide

Are you new to Rummy? These guidelines on how to play rummy will be very helpful to get you started.

  1. Indian rummy is played with 2 deck of cards with 13 cards distributed to each player.
  2. Rummy is played with 2 to 6 players.
  3. Rummy is all about making sequences and sets.
  4. The dealer is chosen at random at the beginning, and then each player takes turn to deal the cards.
  5. Once the cards a dealt, a random card is selected from the deck that is called the Joker. A joker can be used as a substitute for any other card in Rummy.
  6. There are 2 printed Jokers as well that can be used as substitutes while making sets or sequences.
  7. Cards rank from low to high: Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen and King. Ace has 1 point, number cards have value equal to their number and J, Q, K have 10 points each.
  8. Ace is used as point 1 when making sets in rummy.
  9. To finish or declare this 13 card game, you must have at least 2 sequences (of which one has to be pure) and remaining cards can be arranged as sets.

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.

How to Make Sequences and Sets ?

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.

How to form Sequences in rummy game?

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.

Pure 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.

Sequence in rummy game

4♥ 5♥ 6♥

This example once more shows, number cards of the same suit without any Joker. This also forms a pure sequence.

Pure sequence in rummy game

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.

Impure sequence:

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.

How to form sets in rummy game?

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.

Set in rummy game

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♥

Invalid set in rummy game

Playing Rummy with Jokers

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.

wild joker card

Example 1: Queen as Wild Joker card

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.

Queen as wild joker card

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♥

Printed Joker (PJ):

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.

Example 1
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.

Example 2
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.

What is a Valid and Invalid Declaration?

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.

  • A set can have maximum of 4 cards. So, if a Joker is added it should be the 4th card in the set and not the 5th.
  • A set cannot have more than one card of the same suit. If a set has two cards of the same suit, it can lead to invalid declare.
  • A pure sequence is a must to qualify as a valid Declare. Also, a pure sequence can’t have any Joker or Wild Card.

What is Open Deck and Closed Deck in Rummy?

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.

  • The game starts with one card in the open deck and a wild card selected at random.
  • He can then pick a card either from the open deck where he can see the card he is picking up or from the closed deck, where he doesn’t know the card coming his way.
  • A player must also discard a card that he doesn’t require in the open deck. It’s also called the discard pile.
  • Please note, a player who is picking the card from the open deck, cannot discard the same card again in the pile.

How are scores calculated?

Once one player declares, the unmatched cards for the remaining players are counted. Here’s how the scoring is done:

  • If the player has not made a pure sequence and sequence, then all 13 cards are counted as unmatched.
  • All unmatched cards= 80 points
  • Unmatched cards J, Q, K or 10= 10 points each
  • Rest of unmatched cards is as per their face value
  • If player drops at the beginning of the game without picking or discarding even a single card = 20 points
  • If a player drops in between a hand, before other player has done a valid declare= 40 points

How to Play Rummy Videos

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.

Rummy a quick introduction

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!

Points Rummy

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

Deals Rummy

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

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

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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