How To Play Rummy 500: Learn About The Rules And Variants

How To Play Rummy 500: Learn About The Rules And Variants

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Rummy is a popular card game both in India and in other countries. Different variations of rummy are played in various parts of the world. We at GetMega, are bringing to you the different versions of the rummy card game through a series of articles. In this article, we will answer what are the rules for 500 rummy. We have also covered the basics of a rummy card game in a separate article which you can read here.

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How to play rummy 500 and the rules of the game?

500 rummy is a popular version of the rummy card game. The canasta version of rummy is said to have originated from rummy 500.

How to play rummy 500

500 rummy has many names such as pinochle rummy, Michigan rummy, Persian rummy. This game can be played by 2 to 8 players, but it is most suited for 3 to 5.

This version is different from other games in that here the player reaching 500 points wins. The points are won for melded cards and lost for unmelded cards remaining in the hand when someone goes out. Also, you are not restricted to only the top card of the discard pile. You can take a card to lower down in the pile also. Now, some may ask how do you play 500 rummy, and what are the rules for playing 500 rummy?

How to play rummy 500?

  • 500 rummy uses a standard deck of 52 or 54 (2 jokers).
  • The number of cards dealt depends on the number of players. (covered in a different section)

This version is played similarly to any rummy card game. You have to meld the cards by making sets or runs of 3 or 4 cards.

What are the rummy 500 rules?

  • You can take the top card of the stock or any card from the discard pile. The rummy 500 rules for the discard pile are slightly different, which we covered below separately.
  • You can lay down your melded cards during your turn, after drawing but before discarding. You can lay down a group of cards or add to cards already laid down.
  • You have to discard 1 card from your hand.
  • Jokers (if used) can represent any card you choose, even if that card is already used in another meld.
  • The round is over when one player has melded and laid all the cards or there are no more cards left in the stockpile.
  • There is usually no bonus for finishing first.

What is the discard pile in rummy 500?

In this version, you can select any card from the discard pile (not just the top card). However, when drawing a card from the discard pile, you must follow the rules below:

  • You must take all the cards on top of (i.e., discarded after) the card you want.
  • The selected card must immediately be used. You can use it and lay down a meld or add it to a meld already on the table.
  • The other cards drawn from the discard pile may either be melded or will be added to the hand.

What is meant by Calling "Rummy!"?

In 500 rummy point system, if one of the competitors, puts away a card which could be compiled or puts away the discarded pile in such a state where it does hold potential to combine cards without any number of cards from any competitors hand, then before the person next to you draws, apart from the one who discarded can call ‘Rummy’ and interpret a discard pile if it seems relevant. Further, the game continues as normal. Thereafter, the player (other than the one who called for rummy) now has turned and the same continues clockwise.
An example for the same is, let’s assume that there is a  7  8  9 on the board and someone discards a  6 or  10, any player other than the discarder can call "Rummy!", take the card and meld it.

What is Floating?

500 card rummy rules also have a term called Floating. Floating is basically a version where you are allowed to combine and blend all the cards together, but since the game does not end and there’s no discard, the game lasts around the table as you ‘Float’ When your turn rolls around (assuming no one else has gone out in the meanwhile):
1. A card can be drawn from stock and can straight away be discarded, which eventually puts an end to the game
2. Draw out multiple cards from a bundle of discarded ones and compile all of them together and which will put an end to the game
3. Compile all the cards withdrawn from stock or all the cards withdrawn from the discarded bunch, and float yet again for some other round
4. Withdraw the card from the bunch of discarded ones, combine them, and now you are left with a single or more cards in your hand. And at this stage, everything is back to normal.

Variants of rummy 500

There are many variations of 500 rummy out of which we have covered 3 popular ones as follows-

Variants of rummy 500

Dealer's gambit- There are 2-4 jokers used in this game. Also, there are no penalties for holding a joker in hand once a round is over.

Partnership 500 rum- This is played in a partnership. 4 players form 2 teams and the partners face each other across the table. The partners try to play off on each other's matched sets and run to go out as soon as possible.

Persian rummy- Here, a 56 card deck (52+4 jokers) is used. Jokers cannot be used as wildcards but must be melded into sets of three or four jokers (like any other card). Jokers cannot be used in a sequence. 1 joker has 20 points.

Aces in rummy 500

Here comes another important question on how many cards in rummy 500 have? Let's see.

Aces in rummy 500 can be used either as the highest card (Q♠ K♠ A♠) or the lowest card ( A♠ 2♠ 3♠).

In some 500 rummy games, “going around the corner" is allowed. This means you can make 1 sequence where Ace is both high and low (e.g. Q♠ K♠ A♠ 2♠).

If going around the corner is not allowed, then you have to make separate runs (Q♠K♠A♠ and 2♠3♠4♠)

Value of aces

When an ace is used as a high card then the points are 15. If it is used as a low card then the points are  9. In some games, an ace (as a low card) can have 1 point or 5 points.

What are the scoring parameters in rummy 500?

In this section, we will cover the rummy 500 card values and how to score rummy 500.

Rummy 500 card values

  • The face cards have 10 points.
  • Aces, used as the high card, has 15 points
  • Joker (used as a wildcard) has 15 points.
  • All other cards (2-9)- Points are the same as face value
  • Ace ( low)- 9 points

In some games, Ace (low) may have 1 point or 5 points.

Some players prefer to keep all Ace-9 cards as 5 points to simplify things.

Rummy 500 rules scoring

Once the round ends, the points are summed up. Other players add up their hands and reduce that from their total score for that round.

For example,

Cards melded=100

Cards in hand=70

The total score of round= 30

However, if the round ends because the stockpile was exhausted then players do not subtract the value of their hands.

How many players can play rummy 500?

In this game, the number of decks and cards change depending on the number of players.

  • In the case of 2-4 players, only one deck of cards is used.
  • If there are  5 or more players, then two decks of cards are used.
  • For 3-8 players- 7 cards are dealt with each player.
  • In some games, even for 5-8 players, only 6 cards are dealt
  • For 2 player game, 13 cards are dealt

The dealer is selected before starting the game. Once everyone is seated, each player draws a random card from the card deck (face down).  The person having the lowest card becomes the dealer.

What are the basic rules of Rummy?

A player must not have melded or laid off any cards prior to declaring rummy during the hand. They must discard after merging if they are using the discard rule. When a card can be played, a player who goes rummy is out for that turn. The game players remain in the game, but the hand is no longer active.

Can you play rummy 500 with 2 players?

Rummy 500 is a two-person game played with a standard 52-card deck. Each player is dealt a hand of 13 cards, with the remainder of the deck face down as the stock.

Can you call rummy on the last discard?

If a point is discarded into the discard pile, the player might call rummy. They can't play rummy if a card becomes a point while it's in the discard pile.

Do you have to discard to go out in Rummy?

We're going out. The game is won when a player gets rid of all of their cards. The player may lay down all of their remaining cards without discarding on their last turn if all of their remaining cards are matched. The game is now over and no more can be played.

Can you go out on a rummy in Rummy 500?

The rule of the boathouse
Some rummy players have a rule that any player who goes out must discard on their next turn. (In most varieties of Rummy 500, a completed round includes a discard, and every turn, even the final turn, is not considered complete without a pile discard.) This is one of the most widely accepted Rummy rules.

How many cards do you have in Rummy 500?

Give each player seven cards (except in the two player game, in which each player receives 13 cards). Place the stock of undealt cards in the centre of the table, face down.

What happens when you call false rummy?

For the game of fake rummy I'd never heard of this one before, nor had I heard of a rule that states that if you call a fake rummy, you must pick up all of the cards in the discard pile.

How do you count points in Rummy?

Each card is worth a set amount of points. The losing player receives the same number of points as his or her hand score, which is calculated as follows: Any suit's J, Q, K, and A each carry ten points. All other numbered cards are worth the same amount of points as their face value, for example, 7 is worth 7 points and 3 is for 3 points.

How many players can play together on GetMega Rummy at a time?

At GetMega, a maximum of six players can play together at a single table.

With this, our article on 500 rummy comes to an end.

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