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Rummy Tournament: How to Play & Rules

A rummy tournament at RummyCircle.com is a 2 to 6 player game played with 2 or more pack of 53 cards. This game is played in a knock-out format.

  1. Most cash tournaments have an entry fee to be paid in cash and winning amount of the game is also in cash prizes.
  2. Each player is dealt a set of 13 cards randomly.
  3. A toss will decide which player makes the first move.
  4. First card from the pack is placed in the open deck indicating that the game has started.
  5. Remaining cards are placed face-down in the closed deck slot.
  6. The objective of the game is to arrange all 13 cards in sequences and/or sets.
  7. A Sequence is 3 or more running cards of the same suit. Eg: 5 6 7 .
  8. A Set is 3 or more cards of the same face value. Eg: 3 3 3 or 7 7 7 7 .
  9. A Joker (randomly selected at the start of each game) can be used in place of any other card. Eg: 5 3 7 is a sequence where 3 is the joker and is used in place of 6 .
  10. You can use one or more jokers to complete/fill your sets and sequences.
  11. A Pure Sequence is a sequence without a joker. Exception – 5 6 7 is a pure sequence even if 6 is the joker.
  12. Compulsory: - To finish the game, you must have at least two sequences, at least one of which must be pure.

How to join a rummy tournament?

The first and the most important thing for any rummy tournament is to grab a seat for the tournament. Each tournament has a fixed number of seats and the registration for the game is done hours before the tournament begins. It is important to register and secure your seat. Each table has maximum of 6 players. The players are seated across multiple tables with a fixed number of tournament chips.

One can play these tournaments from desktop and can also download free rummy app for seamless experience of playing rummy on android platform. Just in case you are joining from IOS mobile, we have m.rummycircle.com mobile website as well.

When does the tournament start?

Every tournament has a start time mentioned on the website. Once the registration is over, you need to log in at the time of the tournament and click the 'Join' button. You can then start playing in the tournament.

How does the tournament game start?

  1. Two or more packs of 53 (includes 1 printed joker) cards each is used
  2. A toss at the beginning of the game decides which player makes the first move
  3. Each player is dealt 13 cards randomly.
  4. A Joker is selected randomly out of the deck and placed on the table. If the joker selected is a printed joker then players can also use the Ace card of any suit as joker. This means that in such a game there will be 9 or more jokers depending on the number of packs used
  5. The next card from the pack of cards is placed in the open deck slot indicating start of the game.

How does the game progress in a rummy tournament?

  1. When it is a player's turn to play, the player may pick a card from either the open or closed deck.
  2. Player must make a move in the allotted time.
  3. If a player does not pick and discard a card within the allotted time, their turn will be considered as a missed move.
  4. If a player misses 3 turns consecutively, the player will be dropped from the game and the player gets 40 points - which is the middle drop score. The game play will continue with other players. If there are only two players and one player drops the game, the other player is automatically selected as winner for the game.
  5. To complete a move, a player must pick a card and then discard a card.
  6. Cards discarded by players can be viewed under 'Open Cards' tab available next to the chat tab. Open cards tab will display all the cards that are currently present in the open deck slot.
  7. If the first open card in the open deck slot is a Joker, then only the players making the first move are allowed to pick the card.
  8. If a player discards a Joker, the opponents are not allowed to pick the Joker.
  9. In case all cards from the closed deck have been used, cards from open deck are reshuffled and placed in the closed deck, except the face up card that is already in the open deck slot.

Note: Please visit rummy rules section to know some rules in generic or specific to popular rummy variations.

How much extra time is given to each player?

  1. Each player is allotted some extra time per game.
  2. If a player does not make a move in the allotted move time, Extra Time will start counting down.
  3. When a player starts using Extra Time, the total extra time in which he/she has to make the move is displayed.
  4. Extra Time allotted per game can be used across moves and declaration depending on total time left.

Will the player be allowed to drop the game in between of a tournament?

Each player gets an option to drop the game in their turn anytime during the game duration.

  • By dropping the game in the first move, the player gets 20 points.
  • If the player drops after the first move, he/she gets 40 points.

How does the rummy tournament end?

  1. To finish the game, a player must discard a card into the finish slot.
  2. When a player moves a card to the finish slot, the player must show the cards in hand by grouping them in sets/sequences and clicking on 'Declare' button.
  3. Each player must declare and show sets/sequences in the allotted time. If a player fails to declare by grouping the cards in hand in the allotted time, the player will be dropped from the current game and awarded 80 points. The game play will continue with remaining players until there is a winner.
  4. A player finishing the game must arrange all 13 cards in sets/sequences. There should be at least two sequences, one of which must be a pure sequence.
  5. For a valid finish, a player must declare jokers in hand as part of sets/sequences.

What is the points system in rummy tournaments?

  1. Each card carries a certain number of points. The winner of a game gets 0 points. The losing player gets points equal to his/her hand score which is computed as follows:
    1. J, Q, K, A of any suit carry 10 points each
    2. All other numbered cards carry the same points as their face value e.g. 7 carries 7 points and 3 carries 3 points
    3. Joker cards carry zero points
  2. A player can get a maximum of 80 points. For instance, if a player's hand score is 85 he/she will still get only 80 points. But if a player's hand score is 75, he/she will get 75 points. In case a player does not declare cards in sets/sequences that meet the objective of the game, the player is dropped from the game with 80 points.
  3. Deal Show: If the losing player has not had his first turn before the opponent has made a valid declaration, then:
    1. The losing player gets points equal to half of his/her hand score. For example, if the hand score for a losing player is 30 points, then the player gets 15 points as his score.
    2. The minimum points a losing player can get in this case is 2 (for scores 2, 3, 4, & 5).
    3. The maximum points for a losing player in this case is 40 (for scores 80 or more).
  4. Special case: If a player misses 3 consecutive turns, he/she is dropped automatically from the game. This means that this player gets a middle drop score of 40 points.
  5. In case a player has met the game objective but does not declare, he/she is awarded a score of 2 points.

What are the valid sets and sequences in rummy tournaments?

  1. A valid set must contain 3 or more cards of the same face value, which cannot be of the same suit.
  2. A valid sequence must contain 3 or more running cards of the same suit.
  3. A valid pure sequence must contain 3 or more running cards of the same suit without a Joker.
  4. A Joker can be used in a pure sequence if it is of the same suit and forms a sequence of running cards.
  5. Disconnection Protection: If your cards are already grouped and someone else declares, the grouping is considered as your declared sets and sequences.

Note: To know more about making sequence and sets while playing rummy tournament, visit our how to play rummy section.

Terms to know in Rummy Tournament

Toss:

A toss is used to decide which player gets to make the first move. Each player is dealt a card randomly and a player with the highest face value card is selected as the winner of the toss.

Seat Shuffling:

Based on the toss, seating position of the players is rearranged in the order of highest face value toss card to the lowest face value toss card. The highest face value toss card player will play first and the lowest toss card player will play last.

Dealer:

A Dealer is a player who gets the turn to play last. The player with the lowest face value card in the toss will be deemed as the dealer for that game.

Joker:

A Joker (randomly selected at the start of each game) can be used in place of any other card. E.g.: 5 3 7 is a sequence where 3 is the joker and is used in place of 6

Printed Joker:

In case a printed joker is selected as Joker for a game, then players can substitute Ace card of any suit as a joker in their sets/sequences.

Sequence:

A Sequence is 3 or more running cards of the same suit. E.g.: 5 6 7

Pure Sequence:

A Pure Sequence is a sequence without a Joker. Exception - 5 6 7 is a pure sequence even if 6 is the Joker.

Set:

A Set is 3 or more cards of the same face value. E.g.: 3 3 3 or 7 7 7 7

Since the game is played with 2 or more packs, it is important to note that a set cannot contain cards of the same suit. E.g.: 7 7 7 is not a valid set.

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