Rummy - The Card Game

Rummy - The Card Game

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Rummy is a beloved card game in India played by many. Do you want to play with your friends and want to know the rules? In this article, we at GetMega will help you to get an idea about rummy and the basic rummy rules.

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What is Rummy?

Rummy is a card game based on matching cards of the same rank or a series that belong to the same suit.

There are various types of rummy card game. The basic aim in any variation of rummy is to build sets (called melds). These melds can be either a set ( 3 or 4 cards of the same rank) or a run (three or more consecutive cards of the same suit).

The Indian rummy card game is somewhat similar to gin rummy and 500 rum. Both these games began in the United States.

How to play rummy?

In this section, we will explain the basics of any variation of a how to play rummy card game. If you are new to rummy, this will help you to understand the game along with basic rummy game rules.

How to play rummy

Features of rummy

  • A usual deck of 52 playing cards is used. In the Indian rummy card game, 2 decks are used.
  • Here 2 is the lowest.
  • Ace can be played as both the highest rank (Q, K.=, A) and lowest rank (A,2,3,4).
  • Rummy can be played by 2-6 players
  • Before playing, the players can decide whether they want to play a fixed number of deals or up to a fixed score.
  • You have to meld the cards, i.e., build combinations of cards into runs or sets (we have covered this in a separate section)
  • You can pick and discard a card during your turn
  • The goal is to meld your cards before others- then you are the winner

The object of the game

You have to improve the hand you were originally dealt. To do this, during your turn, you can draw cards from the pile or pick up any card discarded by your opponent. You have to discard 1 card as the number of cards in your hand remains constant.

Number of players in rummy

Rummy can be played by 2-6 players. The number of cards each player gets is depending on the number of players depend on the variation of the how to play rummy game usually as shown below:-

Number of players Number of cards dealt
2 players 10 cards
3 or 4 players 7 cards
5 or 6 players 6 cards

If there are more than 6 players, then you need a second deck of cards. However, the rules of the rummy card game remain the same. In the Indian rummy card game, each player gets 13 cards. 2 decks are used for 2 players, and 3 decks are used for more than 2 players.

Discard pile

Cards discarded by players are placed in the discard pile (face up). You can take cards from the discard pile also.

Melding in rummy

Building combinations of cards into runs or sets is called melding in rummy.

You can meld if you have three or more cards of the same suit in a sequence (run) or the same rank in different suits (Set). By melding it means, you can lay these cards, face-up, in front of you.


Set-   2♦ 2♥ 2♣ 2♠

Run- A♠ 2♠ 3♠

Rummy rules

In this section, we will cover the rummy game rules.

At the start of the game

  • Each player draws a card and the player with the lowest card deals first.
  • The deal moves clockwise.
  • Usually the player on the dealer's right cuts (however this is optional).
  • The cards are dealt clockwise starting with the player on the dealer's left.
  • Cards are dealt with one at a time. The cards must be dealt face down so that others cannot see.
  • The rest of the deck is kept in the middle with the face down. This is the stockpile.
  • One card is drawn and kept face up beside the stack. This is the discard pile.

During the rummy card game

  • If you pick up the card from the discard pile you must keep it
  • If you pick up two cards from the stockpile by mistake and see any of them- then put the bottom card. The next player has an option to look at the returned card and take it if needed. If not needed, then they must put it in the middle of the pile and continue with the next card.

Tip:- Do not discard a card picked from stock. Keep it to discard later. This avoids giving other players information about your hand.

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First, we will explain the scoring parameters for a rummy card game after which we will explain the scoring rules in detail.

Scoring parameters

In rummy, the values of each card rank are:

  • 2 – 10: Face Value
  • 10 – K: 10 points
  • Ace: 1 point
  • Joker: 0- 20 points (depending on the game)

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

  • At the end of the round when one person has melded all the cards, each player adds up points in their melded cards (sets and runs).
  • You must deduct points from cards that have not been melded (unmatched).
  • The winner may also get a bonus for winning.
  • In case, the value of unmatched cards is more than melded ones, you may get a negative score.
  • Usually, the game continues until one player reaches a fixed amount.

Scoring rules in rummy card game

Apart from the winner, the other players get points as follows:

  • If 2 sequences are not there - The player gets points for all the cards in hand (max 80 points)
  • If 2 sequences are there and one is pure -  The player gets points on only the unmatched cards (not part of a set or sequence)
  • Incorrect declaration- 80 points
  • If a player misses three succeeding turns, then the player automatically loses. The points of all the cards in hand are added as points.

How to calculate the winner’s points?

The winner’s points/winnings are calculated differently in different variations in the rummy card game.
In basic rummy rules- the Winner gets the cash based on the losers’ points.
A total of 6 players are playing rummy for Rs. 860. Each point has a cash value of 4. Suppose the losing points of the 5 players are 40, 80, 29, 20, 40 respectively. The winner will get 4x (45+78+23+20+40) = Rs. 836

In Pool Rummy
The winner gets the pool money  (entry fee) of the losers. For example, there are 6 players who join a pool rummy with Rs. 50 as an entry fee. The prize pool is Rs. 300.
The winner will win Rs. 50 x 6 = Rs. 300

In Deals Rummy
The winner gets all the chips at the end of each deal. 1 chip is equal to 1 point.
For example, there are 6 players on the table. The points of the losing players are 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 points respectively. The winner’s chips will be calculated as 15 + 20 + 25 + 30 + 35 =125 chips.

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Rummy with 1, 2, 3 Deck

Different variations use different numbers of decks. Basic rummy uses 1 deck. Indian Rummy uses 2 to 3 decks. In the case of 2 players, there are 2 decks of cards.

In Indian Rummy 13 cards are dealt. So depending on the number of players, the number of decks increases (2 decks for 2 players, 3 for more than 2).

What are hands in rummy and their rules?

Your hand in rummy decides whether you win or lose the game. So your aim should be to improve your hand by taking cards and discarding the unwanted cards from your hand. In this section, we will cover the different hands in rummy.

How to Form Sequences?

There are two types of sequences in rummy- a pure sequence and an impure sequence.

  • Pure Sequence: It is a sequence without Joker/wildcard (eg- 5♥ 6♥ 7♥ )
  • Impure Sequence- It is a sequence with Joker/wildcard 5♠ Q♥ 7♠ 8♠ Joker or 6♦ 7♦ 3♥ 9♦- 3 ♥ is the wildcard

There must be at least one pure sequence in your hand in order to win.

Also as per rummy rules, in order to win the game, you must form valid sets. Examples are-

  1. A♥ A♣ A♦
  2. 4♦ 4♣ 4♠ 4♥
  3. 9♦ 3♥ 9♠ 9♥ (3♥ is a wildcard)
  4. 5♦ 5♣ 5♠ Joker (Joker is used instead of  5♥ )
  5. 5♦ 5♣ 3♥ Joker (Here wildcard 3♥ replaces 5♠ & joker replaces 5♥)

Example: 4♥ 5♥ 6♥ 7♥| 5♣ 6♣ 7♣ 8♣ | 5♦ 5♣ Joker Q♥ Q♠ (Q♠  is another wildcard - Set of 5 cards is made to complete the 13 cards set)

This is an invalid declaration as 5♣ is used in 2 sets.

A set can have more than four cards. So, if you have a set of four cards and you are using an additional Joker, then in total it becomes a 5 card set

Invalid set

  1. K♥ K♥ K♦ (There are two Ks of the same suit ♥)
  2. 7♠ 7♥ 7♦ 7♠ Q♥ (The wild card Q♥ is valid but two 7♠ makes it invalid.)

What is 9 card rummy?

9 card rummy is popularly called Kitti in India. It is played with nine cards by 2 to 5 players.

In this game, you have to make 3 sets of 3 cards each. Once you have arranged the cards, you show one set of cards. Your set is compared with other players' shows. You have to throw the highest set of cards in your hand in the first show. The main aim is to throw the highest sets of cards that can beat other players' thrown cards.

Rules and Sequence of joker in rummy

In rummy rules, there are 2 types of jokers. The first type is the printed Joker card (1 in a standard deck of cards). The second type (also called wildcard) is selected at random at the beginning of the game.

For example-  The 3 of hearts is selected as the joker (wild card). The other 3s (spades, clubs, and diamonds) are used as normal cards for melding.  

The role of both these Jokers is the same.  Jokers are used as a blank cards to represent a particular card while melding. However, you must make one sequence without a joker as per rummy card game rules.

The sequence of joker in rummy

  • Pure Sequence: It is a sequence without Joker
  • Impure Sequence- It is a sequence with Joker

Last card rule of rummy

This last card rule is applicable in a few variations of rummy. This makes the game a bit more difficult and interesting.  As per this rule, you have to discard the last remaining card in your hand. This makes the game a bit more tricky.

For example, you have only 7♦ 8♦ in your hand and you draw 9♦. You now have a sequence. But you have to discard at least 1 card which means you cannot win the hand now as you have only 2 cards left which is not a valid sequence. The player that wins with this rule gets an extra 10 points.

Benefits of aces in rummy

Ace is a unique card in rummy as it can work both as the highest and lowest rank.

The chances of getting an ace are higher as many players discard high-value cards quickly.

Aces in rummy

You can pick up an ace from a discard pile as players do not understand whether you are forming an A, 2, and 3 or Q, K, and A sequence. So, the common strategy of keeping track of each other’s sequences and holding the cards others want- does not work here.

Floating and domino rummy

rummy rules floating - If a player melds all the cards in hand and cannot discard then it does not end the play. This is called “floating”, i.e., not holding any cards.

Domino rummy- It is a card game where the cards have spots like dominoes but the game is similar to the rummy card game. This game is played with a 54 cards deck which has:

  • 10 Twos
  • 12 Threes
  • 12 Fours
  • 10 Fives
  • 2 Tens
  • 6 Queens of Spades
  • 2 Jokers

Players get 4 cards each.

How to play

  • Draw one or more cards from the deck or discard pile.
  • Play one card from the hand on the table
  • You can also opt to play one or more Queens on top of other players' cards (one card per Queen). This helps to discard both the cards.

The round ends once a player has 4 cards on the table.


  • The winner gets the sum of the value of four cards
  • If the player went out then an additional  5 points
  • Extra 5 points if the cards are 2-3-4-5
  • Extra 10 points if the cards are four of a kind.
  • The value of cards still in hand is subtracted.

In each round, the player with the highest points wins. Rummy Rounds are played till any player reaches 100 points.

Chips in rummy

Deals rummy is a variation of rummy which uses chips.

In this game, the players get chips at the beginning of the deal. The number of deals is usually pre-determined.  The winner gets all the chips at the end of each round/deal. After all the deals are played, the one with the highest number of chips wins.

Apart from the chips, the rest of the game is played similarly to other forms of rummy. This game is usually played by 2 to 6 players. Usually, a 53 cards (52+1 joker) deck is used.

Scoring is similar to rummy game rules. The winner gets chips from the losing players in the ratio of their score.

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Quick Tips To Win The Rummy Card Game

It's vital to determine the rummy rules, but it's also essential to winning wisely and deliberately. Here are some fast rummy strategies to help you succeed and beat the competition of your opponents.

At the start of a match, create a pure sequence. Without this, a declaration cannot be made.

It is essential to discard with high points. Cards like Ace, Jack, King, Queen comes under the ambit of high points card. In the event that you lose the game, it lessens the point burden.

Picking from the discarded pile should be avoided as far as possible. It reveals which hand you're attempting to shape.

Keep an eye out for smart cards. A 7 of any suit, for example, may work with 5 and 6 of the same suit, as well as 8 and 9 of the same suit.

Jokers are vital in rummy. Use these to substitute high-value cards. Note that you cannot use joker and wild cards in order to make a pure sequence.

It is important to cross-check the cards before making a declaration. An improper declaration can transform even a winning game into a total defeat

Can you play rummy with 2 players?

Rummy can be played with two or more people (for six or more players, you need a second deck of cards). For scoring, you'll also need paper and a pencil. Learn how to play rummy, as well as the rules, scoring, and winning strategies!

How many cards are in rummy set?

The cards are ranked from 2 (poor) to A (high) (high). Rummy can be played for a set number of deals or for a set score. All rummy games entail card-melding, or the formation of legal sequences and/or sets.

What are the rules to rummy 500?

The first person to reach +500 points wins the game and receives the difference in their final scores from each opponent. If two or more players reach 500 on the same hand, the winner is the one with the highest score.

Can we use 2 jokers in a set in rummy?

Because a set cannot have more than four cards, you could utilise the jokers in your hand to complete the set with no more than two jokers. If you still have a joker in your hand, keep it separate while making a display rather than blending a set of 5 cards, which is not permitted.

How do you win in rummy?

The game is won when a player gets rid of all of their cards. The player may lay down all of their remaining cards without discarding on their last turn if all of their remaining cards are matched. The game is now over and no more can be played.

What are the sets in rummy?

A set is a collection of three or more cards with the same face value but different suits. You can employ wild cards and Jokers while making sets. A♥ A♣ A♦ (This set is legal because all of the Aces are of different suits.) 8♦ 8♣ 8♠ 8♥  (A rummy set is made up of four sets of eight cards, each with a different suit.)

What are Rummy 500 rules?

The goal of Rummy 500 is to make sets of three or more cards. Matching sets of 3-4 cards (such as Queens, 5s, 2s, and so on) and/or sequences of 3 or more cards in the same suit can be used (such as the 4, 5, and 6 of spades). When one player has used all of their cards or the stock pile has run out, the round is over.

Indian Rummy or 13 card rummy basic rules

13 cards are dealt with each player. The remaining cards are kept on the table face down. The top card from the stockpile is kept face up on the table. Sort the cards in your hand properly. The game moves in an anti-clockwise manner. 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.  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.

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What are the hands for rummy?

To Be Acquired Hands:
2 sets of 1st Hand (333, 555, JJJ, etc.)
1 set and 1 run on the second hand (333, 555, JJJ AND 4 5 6 of Hearts, 9 10 Jack of Spades, etc.)

2 runs in the third hand (Note: it is allowed to break a run into two runs, for example, 3 4 5 of Hearts and 6 7 8 of Hearts.)

What is open drop rummy?

During the game, each player has the opportunity to drop the game at any time during their turn. The player must not have picked a card from the open or closed deck in that turn to use the Drop option.

What is open deck in rummy??

The term "Open Deck" in rummy refers to the cards that are discarded by the players. Before discarding a card from their hand to the open deck, the players can either pick a card from the open deck if it would be a good addition to their hand, or they can pick a card from the closed deck.

How do you score a rummy hand?

Each card is worth a set amount of points. The losing player receives the same number of points as his or her hand score, which is calculated as follows: Any suit's J, Q, K, and A each carry ten points. All other numbered cards have the same number of points as their face value, for example, 7 has 7 points and 3 has 3.

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, unless a single player makes a 4-of-a-kind Ace meld, in which case the meld is worth 100 points (25 per player).

Which is the powerful card in rummy?

In the rummy card game, players must combine cards into valid sequences and sets in order to win. Each suit's cards are ranked from low to high in rummy, starting with Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, and King. Each of the aces, jacks, queens, and kings has ten points. The value of the remaining cards is the same as their face value.

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Question Answer
What are the differences between rummy and gin rummy? The basic rules of both the game is same. The main difference is that, until players are ready to end the round, they don’t lay down the sets and runs. Opponent’s valid sets and runs will not be counted as points.
What is the best 3 person card game? There are many including rummy, go fish, ninety-nine, baccarat, sergeant major etc.
Can you play rummy 500 with 3 players? Yes you can play rummy 500 with 3 players. Infact, any number of players between 2 to 8 can play this game.
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Rohan Mathawan
Rohan Mathawan

This article is authored by Rohan Mathawan, who is presently working as the Vice President of Media Sales and Operations at Techstory Media. Rohan started his career as an online gaming and technology content writer and has written more than 5000+ articles for reputed brands and companies like Techstory Media, MarketingCrap, and a few other ad agencies in the last 4 years. Rohan loves to read about online gaming during his pastime. His passion to create content about online gaming drive him to dive deep into the research of the topic and the result is a highly relevant and captivating piece of content that is appreciated by his readers.

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