Continental Rummy or International Rummy

Continental Rummy or International Rummy

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Rummy is a very popular card game worldwide. There are many different variations of rummy. In this write-up, we at GetMega, will explain about international rummy. We have separate articles on the basics of a rummy card game and the different versions of the rummy. Click here to read them on our blog.

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How to play continental rummy?

International Rummy is considered as a forerunner of the different variations of rummy which use two decks of cards.

It is also called Continental rummy because it originated in continental Europe (mainly in the Czech republic and Slovakia where the game is called Žolíky) and later spread to the United States, Mexico, Canada, and South America. Earlier it was very popular among women, usually played during afternoon tea, but later Canasta became more popular

Object of the game

The object of International Rummy is to have the lowest points after playing seven hands. Usually 2 decks of 54 cards each (52+ 2 jokers) are used in this game.

Number of cards

If there are more players then the number of decks is calculated as follows:-Minimum 2 decks Number of players ➗ 2.  The number is rounded up if required. For example:

  • For 4 players- 2 decks
  • For 5 players - 3 decks
  • For 6 players - 3 decks
  • For 7 players - 4 decks
  • For 8 players - 4 decks

In Continental rummy, Jokers and red Aces are wildcards. Aces are considered as both high and low cards.

International rummy rules

All the players draw 1 card each- the player with the highest card becomes the dealer.

  • 12 cards are dealt to each player
  • The remaining cards are placed on the table (stockpile)
  • You have to draw a card from the stockpile or the discard pile.
  • You have to meld the cards as per the continental rummy hands rules
  • The player melding/laying down first wins the hand
  • The player with the lowest score after 7 rounds wins the game

Scoring parameters

In Continental rummy, The player melding/laying down first wins the hand. The winner gets 0 points.

You get points (negative) from the unmelded cards in your hand.

Value of each card is as follows:

  • Joker = 50 Points
  • Ace = 11 Points
  • K, Q, J = 10 Points
  • 2 – 10 = Face Value

If you drop the cards and discard the final card in a single turn, you will get a bonus of 10 points (which is reduced from your penalty score).

Continental rummy hands and other parameters

There are 7 continental rummy hands each having a different combination of sets and runs,

The combinations seven continental rummy hands is as follows:





Two Trio 

Seven Cards


One Trio & One Run

Eight Cards


Two Runs

Nine Cards


Three Trios

Ten Cards


Two Trios & One Run

Eleven Cards


One Trio & Two Runs

Twelve Cards


Three Runs

Thirteen Cards

Other international rummy rules

  • Trios are a set of 3 cards of the same rank
  • Deal mentions the minimum number of cards for the hand's opening requirements.
  • All players move to the next round together, irrespective of whether they were able to actually complete the earlier  hand.

Continental rummy hands and other parameters

GetMega does not have Pool Rummy. However, we have a Points Rummy variant which is a maximum of 80 points per hand.
With this our article on international rummy comes to an end. Isn’t it fun to know all the types of rummy card games such as california rummy and London Rummy?

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