Chinese Rummy - How To Play And Rules Of The Game

Chinese Rummy - How To Play And Rules Of The Game

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Rummy is a popular card game both in India and in other countries. Different versions of the rummy card game are played in various parts of the world. We at GetMega, are bringing to you some of these different versions of rummy through a series of articles. In this article, we will explain Chinese rummy. We have also covered other variations such as London rummy, rummy 500, California rummy, and also the basics of a rummy card game in separate articles. Please click here to read them on our blog.

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What is the Chinese Rummy Game?

Chinese rummy has certain unique exciting features while retaining the basics of any rummy card game. The most unique feature is that the cards used in Chinese rummy are different from our standard deck of cards.

What is the Chinese rummy game

Chinese rummy cards

Here the cards are named as per the Chinese culture. Instead of the standard spades, clubs, diamonds, and hearts, in Chinese rummy there are 5 suits as follows:-

  1. Elements
  2. Blessings
  3. Virtues
  4. Directions
  5. Beasts for Sacrifice.

Each suit has 5 cards each number 1-5. Apart from this, there is a yin and a yang card. So there are a total of 27 cards as follows:-

  • A yang card
  • A yin card
  • 5 element cards
  • 5 cards of beasts for sacrifice
  • 5 direction cards
  • 5 virtues cards
  • 5 blessing cards.

The full card list of the suit cards is as follows:

Card Name Rank Rank Suite
Earth 1 Elements
Wood 2 Elements
Metal 3 Elements
Fire 4 Elements
Water 5 Elements
Long Life 1 Blessings
Wealth 2 Blessings
Peace 3 Blessings
Virtue 4 Blessings
Fame 5 Blessings
Piety 1 Virtues
Upright 2 Virtues
Manners 3 Virtues
Knowledge 4 Virtues
Trust 5 Virtues
South 1 Directions
West 2 Directions
North 3 Directions
East 4 Directions
Cente 5 Directions
Ox  1 Directions
Sheep 2 Beasts
Dog  3 Beasts
Fowl 4 Beasts
Pig 5 Beasts

Chinese Rummy Rules

Feeling excited with the different cards and suits? In this section, we will explain the Chinese rummy rules and how to play the Chinese rummy rounds.

Chinese Rummy Rules
  • This game is played by 2-3 players. If 4-6 players play then 2 decks are used.
  • 5 cards are dealt with each player.
  • Once the cards are dealt, the remaining deck is kept on the table.
  • Similar to other rummy card games, the topmost card is kept face-up beside the deck. This becomes the discard pile.
  • The game progresses in a clockwise manner.
  • During your turn, you can take a card either from the stock or the discard pile.
  • You have to meld the cards, i.e., group them into valid combinations.
  • If you are using Double Decks, then you cannot meld using duplicate cards. For example, Earth 1, Earth 1, Wood 2, Metal 3, Fire 4 are not allowed.
  • The first person to make the valid meld wins the round.

In Chinese rummy sets runs there are 3 kinds of melds:

  • Flush- All the cards are from the single suit.
  • Straight- There are 5 cards 1-5 and each card belongs to a different suit
  • Five of a kind- All cards in Chinese Rummy hands are of the same rank but must be of different suites

The Ying card serves as a wild card for a flush and the Yang card is a wild card for five of a kind.

How do I start playing rummy on GetMega?

The Rummy game is listed under the ‘Cards’ section of GetMega, which is at the left bottom corner of the app. A player can choose any PR table as per their choice and can join a rummy table instantly in that respective PR (Point Rate).

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

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