Rummy Variations

13 Card Game - Introduction

This game is much similar but a variation to the Indian Rummy game. Much played across India, 13 card Indian rummy game is quick to learn and fun to play. 13 cards rummy is a game of skill as it checks and enhances the player's mental skills. The outcome of the game depends on a combination of skill and strategy. It is a game that needs attention while playing, and this is what makes it so interesting.

13 Cards Game Terminology

  • Cards: This game uses one pack of 52 cards.
  • Players: Typically, this game is played between 2 people
  • Joker: This game has only 1 joker unlike the Indian rummy game which has 2.

    Before every 13 cards game begins, a card is randomly chosen and this card is called the joker for that particular game. For instance, if a 4 of hearts is chosen at random then the 4 of the other 3 suits also become the Jokers.

  • The Dealer: In a 13 cards game the dealer is decided through lottery system. Both the players have to choose one card each from a well shuffled pack of cards and the player with the lowest card becomes the dealer. The shuffled pack of cards is divided in half and the dealer then distributes the cards to himself and to the opponent.

Playing the 13 Cards Game

The players have to create sequences and/or sets of the 13 cards and make rummy - this is the objective of the game.

Example of a ValidSequence Example of an InvalidSequence
345 345
45678 45678
Example of a ValidSet Example of an InvalidSet


9999 KKQ

A player is said to have 'declared' if he/she achieves this target before anyone else. A valid declaration makes this player the winner of that particular game.

A card is drawn either from the draw pile or the discard pile by the players in every turn. The first card that the players pick up is the 14th card (adding one to the cards they have in hand). Now, the player needs to make a decision - should he/she discard this card or some other card that is of less or no value - adds nothing to the sequence or sets he/she is trying to make. However, one does not want to throw a card that may be useful for the opponent. Hence the choice has to be made intelligently. This is how to play rummy 13 cards game, the game progresses till one of the players makes a valid declaration.

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