Different Types Of Rummy Games And Their Rules!

Different Types Of Rummy Games And Their Rules!

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Rummy is a popularly played card game which has various variants and is played all around the world. All these variants have some different rules and the gameplay is different with each variant as well.

Here we will see some rummy variants in brief with their gameplay and rules.

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Variants Of Rummy

5 card rummy

This gameplay is similar to most other variants and the game of traditional rummy. A dealer is selected randomly and the gameplay begins by the player on the left of the dealer and continues in a clockwise manner.

The player has to draw a card from the draw pile and discard a card to the discard pile. The game continues until one player declares a hand. The aim is to gain 100 points.
The game is played with a standard deck of cards having 52 cards. Each player is dealt 5 cards at the beginning.  The players need to form hands in a sequence of 3, 4 or full sets. The hands involved are royal flush, straight flush, four of a kind, full house, full set, sequence of four, straight, flush, 3 of a kind, sequence of 3, 2 pairs, pair.

The scores according to the hands are royal flush - 100, straight flush - 80, four of a kind - 50, full house - 40, full set - 35, sequence of four - 30, straight - 20, flush - 25, 3 of a kind - 15, sequence of 3 - 10, 2 pairs - 5, pair - 2.

5000 rummy

This is another variant of rummy, in which the dealer deals one card to the player face up for everyone to see. The number of this card decides how many more cards are to be dealt to the player. All other cards are dealt face down and the game begins.

The players need to meld cards in sets or runs. The play ends either when the player has only one card left or no cards left in the stock pile. These are called going out or floating respectively. The target score to reach is 5000 points. The face cards carry 10 points each, aces carry 100 points and 200 points if they are wild cards, the numbered cards carry 5 points each.

Arizona Rummy

Another variant of rummy is the Arizona rummy which is played between 2 or more players with a standard deck of 52 cards. This game is played in 10 or 11 rounds. There are no jokers involved but at least 2 wild cards are chosen.

Each player is dealt 3 cards and the aim is to form sets and sequences and end up with the least points. The points are based on the cards; face cards and aces carry 15 points, numbered cards carry points equal to their face value and wild cards carry 20 points.

Push rummy

The aim of push rummy is to end up with the lowest points after 5 rounds. 6 cards are dealt in the first round, 7 cards in second, 8 cards in third, 9 cards in fourth and 10 cards in 5th.

Players need to form sets and sequences and players are scored at the end of each round.

Knock rummy

Any player can end a play by knocking. This player has to discard a card after knocking and lay all cards on the table. If the player has no unmatched cards, the player benefits as they get a bonus of 20 points but if the cards are unmatched and the knocker’s scores are less than or equal to his opponent’s, the knocker is left in a weaker position as the difference between the scores is awarded to  the opponent.

Polish rummy

The aim of the game is to form sets which should contain at least 3 cards. The winner has to have the highest points. The gameplay is similar to other variants. The face cards are worth 10 points, aces are worth 15 points and other cards are worth the same as their face value.

Rummy rejoin

This means a player can rejoin the game after he has been eliminated. This can happen when the next highest point on the table is not greater than 174 points in 201 points and 79 points in 101 points game.

Qwirkle rummy

The aim of this game is to form the most qwirkles which are runs of 6 cards that are either of the same size or colour. The cards used in this game are different and there are a total of 108 cards used to play.

Whist rummy

This game is played between two players in partnerships, that is teams of two players against each other. The objective of the game is to win the most points. The players have to make tricks in excess of six to reach maximum points.

Sticks rummy

This game is played similar to the traditional rummy game but with the help of popsicle sticks. The player writes card combinations on the sticks, the combinations are made with runs and sets. You have to turn over all seven sticks and complete the combination on the seventh stick.

Rummy 51

In rummy 51 there are two ways to win,  you can either go out by melding all the cards at one time and give your opponents a penalty of 25 points or play turn by turn and be the first one to get rid of all the cards.

Farmer’s rummy

This is very similar to the game of traditional rummy. 11 cards are dealt to each player and the game continues for 7 rounds. The player with the lowest points at the end of the 7th round.

Egyptian rummy

Once the play begins, a player can slap the pile of cards when the slap rule is put into effect. The player who has all the cards at the end of the game wins. The slap rules are double, marriage, four in a row, top bottom, etc.

Italian rummy OR Gin Rummy

Italian rummy is similar to gin rummy. All the rules and game play are similar to Italian rummy.

Michigan rummy

The game is played between three to eight players. Ninety six chips are used for betting and the goal is to collect the maximum amount of chips.

Persian rummy OR 500 Rummy

This is similar to the partnership rummy. It is played using 52 cards in the deck and four joker cards making it a total of 56 cards. The player with the lowest card becomes the dealer. Each team earns points for the melded cards at the end of each round. Jokers carry 20 points, face cards carry 10 points and aces carry 15 points.

Spanish rummy

Spanish rummy is similar to gin rummy. The goal is to get rid of all the cards at the end by melding cards and forming sets and sequences.

Animal rummy

This is played with animal cards. The goal is to form 2, 3 or 4 sets of matching animal cards.

10 card rummy

This gameplay is similar to most other variants and the game of traditional rummy. A dealer is selected randomly and the gameplay begins by the player on the left of the dealer and continues in a clockwise manner.

Indian Rummy

Indian Rummy is an extremely popular game of rummy in which people use 13 cards. This game is very popular in India, and that’s why it’s called Indian Rummy.

Canasta

Canasta originated in Spain and is actually considered a variant of 5000 Rummy, which has been discussed above. The dealer deals one card to the player face up for everyone to see. The number of this card decides how many more cards are to be dealt to the player. All other cards are dealt face down and the game begins.

London Rummy or Kalooki Rummy

This is another popular variant of Rummy and is also known as Kalooki rummy. You need at least 2-5 players to play this game.

Mahjong Rummy/ Chinese Rummy

In this variant of Rummy, players do not use cards at all! In fact, they use Mahjong tiles to play the game. As you may have guessed, this game originated in China. You can read more about it here.

Liverpool Rummy / Continental Rummy / Shanghai Rummy/ Combination Rummy/ Contract Rummy / California Rummy

These are the variants of Rummy in which the players have to meld and group out other cards. However, you cannot do this unless you first meet the contract of the round.

Dummy Rummy

The rules of dummy rummy are the same as the rules for regular rummy. This game can be played with 2-4 players. Click here to read more about it!

Crazy Rummy

This version of rummy is very interesting as it is played with double-sided cards. The hand that is dealt with depends entirely on the card you are on. Read more about it by clicking here.

3 Card Rummy or Vegas Three Card Rummy

This game is very popular in casinos, which is why it is also called Vegas 3 card rummy. It is basically a variation of poker and uses a 52 card deck. Click here to read more about it.

Hollywood Rummy

This variant of rummy is very exciting as it allows three different games to go on at the same time. Click here to read more about it.

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