13 Card Rummy Or Indian Rummy - Everything You Need To Know

13 Card Rummy Or Indian Rummy - Everything You Need To Know

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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 about 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 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 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 to each player.
  • The remaining cards are kept on the table face down. This is the stock pile. The top card from the stock pile 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 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 are added up.

Rules of the game

In 13 patti 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 Indian rummy game, another card is selected at random as a wild card joker. For example, 8♦

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 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 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 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 minimise 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 a 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.

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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