What Is Indian Rummy: Meaning, Setup, Rules, Gameplay And More

What Is Indian Rummy: Meaning, Setup, Rules, Gameplay And More
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Rummy is a very 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 Indian rummy. This version is most popular in India and is also known as 13 card rummy or 13 Patti 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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How to play 13 card rummy or Indian Rummy?

This is the most popular indian rummy card game in India. It is frequently played at family gatherings, kitty parties, or during Diwali. Chances are you may have played Indian rummy, (or paplu as it’s commonly called) at least once! Most of the online gaming platforms including GetMega offer 13 card indian rummy.

Indian rummy is a combination of Rummy 500 and gin rummy.  Indian Rummy is played by 2 to 6 players using decks of 53 cards each (52+Joker).

For a 2 player game, 2 decks are used. But for more than 2 players, 3 decks are used.

The object of the game is to meld your cards into valid groups and make a valid declaration.

Indian rummy rules

  • 13 cards are dealt with each player.
  • The remaining cards are kept on the table face down. This is the stockpile. The top card from the stockpile is kept face up on the table. This is the discard pile.
  • Sort the cards in your hand properly. You can sort rank-wise and suit-wise. This will reduce the chance of missing out on good combinations.
  • The game moves in an anti-clockwise manner.
  • You can draw a card from the stockpile or discard the pile.
  • Try to create valid sets and runs.
  • To end your turn, you must discard 1 card.
  • If you have melded into valid groups, you can declare your hand, i.e., place your cards on the table for other players to see.
  • If you are playing online, the system will check whether your combinations are valid. We have explained the valid combinations separately.
  • The player making a valid declaration first wins the game.
  • At the end of the round, the value of the unmatched cards is added up.

What are the 13 Patti Rummy Rules?

In 13 Patti indian rummy, you have to meld your cards into valid groups and make a valid declaration. You can use jokers and wildcards to represent any card you don’t have.  For example 4♦ 5♦ Joker. This is also called an impure sequence.

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

Indian rummy rules

To make a valid declaration you need the following

  • 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.

What are the 13 card rummy sequence?

In this section, we will explain the 13 card indian rummy sequence.

Runs/sequences- These are 3 or more succeeding cards of the same suit. For example- 4♦ 5♦ 6♦. This is also a pure sequence as there are no jokers.

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

Example of a valid declaration in the Indian rummy game:-

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

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

Remember, in the heat of the game, many players make invalid declarations. Invalid declaration cost 80 penalty points. To avoid this, sort out the cards in your hand in the beginning and try to make the pure sequence first.

Scoring parameters

The indian rummy points for each card is as follows:

  • 2 – 10: Points equal to face value. For eg, 3♥ carries 3 points
  • K, Q, J: Have 10 points each
  • Ace: 10 points
  • Joker: 0 rummy points

In Indian rummy rules, the scoring is based on the values of unmatched cards.

  • At the end of the round, the winner gets 0 points.
  • Other players add up rummy points of their unmatched cards. They get a negative score

Here are a few tips to help you to win or at least minimize your losses in 13 card rummy:

  1. Arrange the cards in your hand
  2. Create the pure sequence first
  3. Try to discard the high-value cards (Ace, K, Q, J 10) unless you are sure you can meld them
  4. Observe the other players especially when they pick up from the discard pile. For example, a player has picked up a 7♠  and an 8♠. Most likely they are making a run of 7♠8 ♠ 9 ♠. In that case, discarding your 9♠  will help your opponent to win the game.

Tips and Tricks to Win at 13 Cards Rummy

Using the right tricks and tactics in any game can surely let you secure a win. And someone has rightly said that ‘practice makes a man perfect and this principle is followed not only in Indian rummy 13 cards rules or indian rummy game but in any other game you play. Below are the few tips you should follow so as to master and excel the game: -

Tips to win 13 card rummy

Learn the art of sorting. Following the process at the beginning of the initial stage of the game can let you identify the cards which hold the potential to be played first and get the opponent tricked.

Learning the methodology of pure sequence. It basically consists of 3+ cards consecutively to a similar suit. One thing to remember is not to use a joker in a pure sequence or any other alternative to it.

Discard the cards which have high value and are unmatched (A, K, Q, J 10)

Keeping your eyes and ears open during the match is very important. You must watch each and every move of your competitor so that they can’t trick you in any biased way.

Point Calculation in 13 Cards Rummy

According to the 13 card Indian rummy rules, the one who secures a win the game secures a 0 point because all the points secured hold a negative value. Getting zero points is possible when you make a valid declaration which implies that you secured a win. Deadwood plays an important role in the calculation of the aggregate score of each losing player.  A maximum of 80 points can be secured by a player as a negative score.

When it is seen in the game that you have a lot of bad cards, you can go for the ‘Drop’ button to get away from the table so that you may not lose the huge margin. Dropping in the initial game i.e., beginning of the game is called ‘first drop’ which can get you 20 points. And on the same lines, dropping in the middle is called ‘middle drop’ which can get you 40 points. The ranking of the cards in descending (upper to lower) order is A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, and 2. Face and ace cards carry a value of 10 points. Face value holds the worth in numbered cards. For instance, King of Hearts holds 10 points and similarly, 5 of Spades holds 5 points

Is Teen Patti a Rummy?

As a result, Teen Patti is prohibited, although Rummy is permitted. According to the Public Gambling Act of 1867, Indian law distinguishes between games of skill and games of chance. Games of chance are considered gambling since they are based solely on luck and do not require participants to use their talents.

What are the points in Rummy 500?

The face value of each card is used to determine points, with Aces worth one point, face cards worth ten, and Jokers for fifteen. A player's remaining cards are counted and subtracted from his point total. It is conceivable for a player to have a point total that is negative.

Is an ace always worth 15 points in Rummy?

There are no exceptions or modifications when it comes to counting aces. The value of an ace is 25. Aces played high are worth 15 points until a single player makes a 4-of-a-kind Ace meld, in which case it is worth 100 points.

What is the sequence of rummy?

The cards are arranged in the following order: A, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K, A. That means the sequences 'Q', 'K', 'A', and 'A', '2', '3' are valid in Rummy, but 'K', 'A', '2' is not

What is sequence and pure sequence in rummy?

A pure sequence is a set of three or more cards from the same suit that are arranged in the same order. A wildcard or a joker card cannot be used to build a pure sequence. You must have at least one pure sequence in your rummy hand to declare the game. 5H, 6H, 7H, for example, is a pure sequence.

How many players is 13 card rummy?

13 card rummy, often known as paplu, is a game for two to six players. One or two normal decks of cards are usually used, each with one Joker. The gameplay is clear and uncomplicated. Each player must arrange his or her 13 cards in sequences, sets, or combinations of sequences and sets.

How many cards do you play in rummy?

When two people play together, each of them receives ten cards. Each player receives seven cards when three or four people play; when five or six people participate, each player receives six cards. The stock is formed by placing the remaining cards face down on the table. The stock's top card is turned face up to become the upcard.

What is valid sequence in rummy?

The cards in a series must all be of the same suit. The cards are arranged in the following order: A, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K, A. This indicates that the sequences 'Q', 'K', 'A', and 'A', '2', '3' are legitimate in Rummy, but 'K', 'A', '2' is not.

How do you play 13 cards online with friends?

  1. Find an app where you can play rummy online (GetMega).
  2. Download the app on your mobile.
  3. Install the app and complete the registration process.
  4. Get used to the interface of the app by playing some practice matches.
  5. Start playing with your family and friends.

Is sequence mandatory in rummy?

In the game of rummy, an impure sequence is a group of three or more cards of the same suit plus one or more wildcard or joker cards. A proper declaration can include impure sequences, but at least one pure sequence must be included.

What is a basic set of rules for rummy?

A set is made up of at least three cards of the same rank, such as 4 4 4 or K K K K K. A run is made up of at least three cards of the same suit, such as J Q K or 4 5 6 7. Only a few versions allow for mixed suit runs. Other patterns may be permitted in a few rummy variations.

Rummy Variants on GetMega and the point system

GetMega has a Points Rummy variant which is a maximum of 80 points per hand. It is very easy to Sign-up. You can sign-up using your Facebook login & phone number and then complete the KYC.
KYC is mandatory to process and requires only an Aadhar card and PAN card to be uploaded in the app.

Also, you can earn money by playing one of the many games available on the platform. Each game has a monetary element with the win/loss of the hand. For Rummy, each point has a Point Rate (PR) associated with a table that decides the amount of money you would win/lose as per the outcome of the match.

With this, our article on Indian rummy comes to an end. Why not try the Indian Rummy on GetMega today?

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