Indian Rummy Rules
Ever wondered why Indian Rummy is such a fad, among singles and couples, among the young and the old, and virtually everyone who enjoys card games? Simple! It is an easy game with no complicated rules. However, it is not to say that Indian Rummy doesn't have its intrigues.
The Players and Their Arsenal
Each player in a game of Indian Rummy is dealt 13 cards. You can be as many as 10 to play Indian Rummy. A maximum of 6 players use two decks of cards. If there are more players, the third deck comes into play. One deck has 52 cards and one printed joker card.
Forming Sequences and Trails in Indian Rummy
The game requires the players to form runs/sequences and sets/trails from 13 card decks.
- A run comprises of at least three consecutive cards of the same suit. The order is A-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-J-Q-K-A
Ace can be used as the top card as well as the lower card i.e. you can make Ace King Queen and you can also make Ace Two Three.
Note: According to the Indian rummy rules, you cannot make a sequence with ace in between i.e. 2-Ace-King.
- A sequence can also be made using a joker but to finish an Indian rummy game you need at least one pure sequence that is without the joker. If the joker is 7 of hearts and you are making a sequences that has 7-8-9 of hearts; such a sequence in spite having a joker would still be considered as a pure sequence.
- A set has three cards of the same rank with differing suits. Therefore, a validset would be 5 of hearts-5 of spades-5 of diamonds but not 4 of hearts-4 of hearts-4 of diamonds.
A joker can also be used to make a set or a sequence.
To finish or declare a game of Indian Rummy, one must have two runs at the minimum, out of which, one must be pure i.e. without the use of a joker.
Dealing in Indian Rummy
A session begins with each player picking a card at random after the deck has been shuffled. The player drawing the card with the highest value chooses his/her seat and the others sit in an anticlockwise order defined by highest to lowest numbered cards. The lowest and the highest thus sit together and the former deals first, having shuffled the pack.
The next step is the choice of the joker. The player to the immediate left of the dealer draws a card from the pack without looking and places it face up, revealing the wild card, or the joker. Now, all cards of the same rank as this, along with the printed joker, are used as wild cards through this particular game. The player to the left of the dealer cuts the cards and the remaining ones are distributed in an anticlockwise fashion.
There are different versions of the rules for Indian Rummy in different places. In keeping with this, some players pick the joker after dealing the cards.
What Part Does the Joker Play?
A joker can be used to make a set or a sequence. However, for this to stand, a player has to ensure that he/she already has another sequence without a Joker.
What is the Open Card?
The Open Card is the card that has its face left open by the dealer after the cards have been dealt. This card is the first of the discard pile and can be picked by a person playing next.
How Is It Played?
Players pick the card at the top from the discard pile or the draw pile on their turn. They use these to make runs and sets. Unwanted cards are discarded.
This process of picking and discarding continues until one of the players declares rummy, having formed suitable combinations, just as it is explained above!
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