What is Declare in Rummy?

What is Declare in Rummy?

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Rummy is a popular card game in India. It is frequently played at family gatherings, kitty parties, during Diwali. Chances are you may have played the Indian rummy card game at least once! Most of the online gaming platforms including GetMega offer rummy.

We have already covered the basic rules of the rummy card game in a separate article. In this article, we at GetMega will help you to understand how to declare in rummy.

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What does Declare in rummy mean?

When Cards are melded (i.e.) combined into valid  sequences and sets then it is known as declare in rummy

This is also called a Show. You can use jokers and wildcards to represent any card you don’t have.

In order to declare cards in rummy, you must ensure that your 13 cards are arranged into valid sequences & sets and laid on the table for other players to see.

The person making a valid declare in rummy first wins the round

What is a valid rummy declare?

To win the rummy game, you need to make a valid declaration i.e.,

  • At least 2 sequences out of which 1 sequence must be pure (without Joker)
  • The rest of the cards are arranged in sets or sequences.
  • There must be at least 3 cards in a set/sequence.

Rummy declare rules

In this section, we will explain the rummy declare rules for our Indian rummy card game. If you are playing other variations, the rummy declare rules may be different. Please refer to our blog to know the declare rules for other variations of rummy.

Let us understand the terms one by one

Jokers and wildcards- These can be used to represent any card you don’t have.  For example: 4♦ 5♦ Joker.

Apart from the printed joker, in a rummy card game, another card is selected at random as a wild card joker. For example, 8♦

Runs/sequences- These are 3 or more succeeding cards of the same suit.

For example- 4♦ 5♦ 6♦.

Pure sequence- This is a sequence without any jokers or wildcards. A wildcard can be used here as itself and not represent another card. This is also known as First life sequence

Impure sequence- This is a sequence with a joker or a wildcard. This is also known as the Second Life sequence.

Sets- Sets are  3 or more cards of the same rank but different suits. Eg- 5♣ 5♦ 5♠

Example of a valid declaration :-

Pure sequence-  4♦ 5♦ 6♦

Impure sequence- K♣ Q♣ Joker

Remaining cards-  3♦ 3♠ 3♣ 3♥, 7♠ 8♠ Joker

Examples of invalid declaration in Indian rummy game:-

1st sequence-  4♦ Joker 6♦ - Not allowed since there are no pure sequences

2nd sequence- K♣ Q♣ Joker - Not allowed since there are no pure sequences

Remaining cards-  3♦ 3♠ 3♣ 3♥, 7♠ 9♠ 10♠ - Not allowed since the last run is not formed.

Other examples

Valid impure sequence- 6♦ 7♦ 8♦ (Although 8♦ is a wildcard, here it is used as itself)

Invalid set- 3♦ 3♠ 3♠ - 2 cards of the same rank and suit cannot be grouped

Invalid run- 4♦ 5♦ 6♥ - Not allowed since 6 is of a different suit

In the heat of the game, many players make invalid declarations. An invalid declaration costs 80 penalty points. One key tip to avoid this is to sort out the cards in your hand in the beginning and try to make the pure sequence first.

What happens during a declaration in rummy?

As per the rummy declare rules, the player first making a valid declaration wins the game.
Normally, during the game, nobody can see each other’s cards.  

Declare in rummy means that you have to lay down your arranged cards on the table for the other players to see. Other players will check the combinations you have made and whether they are valid as per rummy declare rules.

How to Declare on GetMega?

GetMega follows the same rummy declare rules. In the rummy card game at GetMega, each player gets 13 cards. The final aim is to meld all the 13 cards to make a valid declaration. You have to create different combinations of sequences and/or sets as we explained above. For a valid declaration, there must be at least two sequences in your hand, out of which, one must be pure.
With this our article on  rummy declare rules comes to an end.

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