The Rules of Joker in Rummy

The Rules of Joker in Rummy

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Card games are popularly played all around the world, as they are a great way to entertain and to show off some skills at the same time. There are various card games and their variations which can be played. Rummy is one such popular card game that is vastly played both offline and online in our country.

Rummy is played using a standard deck of cards which consists of 52 cards and the 2 joker cards, which makes it a total of 54 cards. As far as the points are concerned, the joker card does not carry any points but this card has a very important role to play in rummy.

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Role of Joker in Rummy

Joker cards play a lot of important roles in different card games and so they do in rummy as well. You can identify the joker card by a picture or symbol of the joker, which is printed on it. As a new player of rummy, it is very important that you understand the role of the joker card in the game of rummy.

The joker card is used as a wild card, in place of or as a substitute of a desired card from the regular suit. How and when you use this joker card will depend on you and your strategy in the particular round of rummy.

As per the rules of rummy, you need two formed sequences to win, out of which one should be a pure sequence and the other can be either pure or impure. This is when the joker card can come into play and increase your chances of winning.

If you already have one pure sequence and are missing a card to form another, you can use the joker card as the wild card to form an impure sequence and win the game. But you need to form the right strategy and use your skills to know when and how to meld the joker card with the other cards to form a sequence.

It should also be noted that, without having at least one pure sequence, there is no use of the joker card, as at least one of the two formed sequences will have to be a pure sequence.

Joker Sequences

When forming sequences using the joker card you need to put your skill to test and strategize when and how to meld the joker card with the other cards in order to form the sequence. It is often advised to wait for the open joker card (which is a card from a suit, randomly chosen as a wild card joker) before forming your sequences. This way you can avoid discarding the wrong cards.

Once you know the open joker card, try to discard the cards around it. For example, if 5 of hearts is the joker, you should discard 3 of hearts, 4 of hearts, 6 of hearts and 7 of hearts. Also, it is advised to pair the joker card with cards of higher value to keep your points in check.

Knowing which cards to discard and when to use the joker card for forming sequences can cause you a great win, but misusing it may also lead to a great loss.

Closed and Open Joker Rules

As we already know there are 52 cards in a standard deck of cards and 2 joker cards making it a total of 54. These 2 joker cards that are already present with the symbol of the joker are closed joker cards.

When the cards are dealt in rummy, a normal card from a suit is chosen as a wild card joker, this is placed face up on the table. This card is the open joker card. Both closed and open joker cards can be used as substitutes to form a set in rummy but certain rules differ.

The closed joker card can be used as a substitute of any card from the suit to form an impure sequence. The open joker can be used in a similar manner but you may want to discard the cards around it as they will have no use in forming a sequence.

What if Joker turns out to be a Joker?

In a game of rummy, one or two standard decks of cards are used to play the game. These decks each contain 52 cards and two joker cards. These joker cards are identified by the printed picture of the joker on the face of this card. These joker cards play a very important role in forming sequences in the game of rummy.

But apart from these joker cards, an open joker card is chosen at the start of each game. This card is picked randomly, so it can be any card from the four suits and sometimes the card picked can also turn out to be an original joker card.

So what happens  to the game if you pick a joker as the open joker card? Do you pick again? No, you don’t, because in this case, when the open joker card is the joker card, all aces are considered to be the joker for that particular game of rummy.

To know about Wild card Joker in Rummy

In a game of rummy, there are two types of joker—one is the original joker in the deck which has a printed picture of the joker on the card’s face, another is the wild card joker, which can be any card from the normal suit of cards.

At the start of the game, a player randomly picks any card from the deck as the wild card joker. When this card is chosen as the wild card joker, all suits of that value also become the wild card joker. For example, if 8 of spades is the wild card joker, then 8 of hearts, 8 of clubs and 8 of diamonds all become the wild card joker for that particular game of rummy.

Sometimes, there is a possibility that the card picked out can turn out to be the printed joker. If this happens then all aces from all suits are considered to be the wild card joker for that particular game of rummy.

These wild card jokers can be used along with the printed joker to complete an impure sequence in the game of rummy. For example if you have a printed joker and 2 of hearts is a wild card joker, you meld both these jokers with other cards to form an impure sequence. The sequence can go like— 2 of clubs-3 of clubs-4 of clubs-Printed Joker-2 of hearts. In this way, using the wild card, which is the 2 of hearts in this case, you can complete the impure sequence a lot quicker.

What is the Usage of Wild Joker in Rummy?

Both the printed and the wild card jokers can prove to be very useful in the game of rummy, if you know how and when to use them to meld with other cards and form an impure sequence. The wild card joker is a card chosen at the start of a game which then becomes the wild card joker.

This can be any card from the suit and once this card is picked all suits of that value become the wild card joker. For example, if 5 of clubs is the wild card joker then 5 of spades, 5 of hearts and 5 of diamonds all become the wild card joker.

This wild card joker can be used as a substitute to form impure sequences in the game of rummy. As per the rules, you need two sequences to call rummy, out of which one sequence should be pure. Once you have a pure sequence, you can use the wild card joker to form an impure sequence.

How to use Joker on GetMega Rummy?

On GetMega rummy, you can use the joker cards that come with your deck. But if the word ‘bug’ is mentioned on the card, that card cannot be used as a substitute. On the app, there are different variants of the rummy game, that is why you should check the rules that are present on the app for different variants which will mention the use of joker and if there are any changes based on the variant of rummy you are playing.

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