Learn How to Play Russian Rummy

Learn How to Play Russian Rummy

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Rummy is very popular worldwide and also in India. Variations 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 Russian rummy.

We have also covered other variations such as Indian rummy, gin rummy, California rummy, and also the basics of a russian rummy card game in separate articles. Please click here to read them on our blog.

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What is Russian Rummy?

Russian Rummy is a fun and interesting version of the traditional rummy card game along with some features of the contract rummy. The object of this game is to try to complete all 12 hands first. To do this, you have to arrange all the cards in hand into the required combinations of the Russian rummy rounds.

How to play Russian Rummy?

No. of players and card decks

Russian rummy can be played by 2 to 5 players and uses 2 decks of 54 cards each (52+ 2 jokers) i.e., a total of 108 cards.

If the number of players is more than 5, then add 1 deck for every 2 additional players. Eg- for a game of 9 players you need 2+1+1= 4 decks.

How to play russian rummy

Russian rummy rules

  • 13 cards  are dealt with each player
  • The remaining cards are placed face down on the table (stockpile). The top card is placed face-up beside it (forming the discard pile).
  • Players can take cards either from the stockpile or from the discard pile
  • You end your turn by discarding 1 card
  • You have to meld the cards according to the Russian rummy rules. The combinations of the Russian rummy rounds are mentioned in a separate section.
  • To win the contract, you have to lay down all required combinations of the Russian rummy rounds at the same time.
  • Once you have completed your contract, you can add cards to another player’s meld

For example, adding an 8◆ to another players’ sequence 4◆ 5◆ 6◆ 7◆.

  • You can also replace a wild card used by another player with the actual card. For example- 3◆4◆Joker 6◆ you can replace the Joker with 5◆.
  • The joker has to be used in the same round.
  • You cannot replace your own wildcards.
  • You can make only 1 contract per round and cannot go ahead with the next contract in the same round.
  • If you are unable to make the contract in the round, then you have to continue it in the next round.
  • Each Russian rummy round ends when one player discards the last card.

Russian Rummy rounds

Russian rummy has 12 hands. In each Russian rummy round, you have to make particular combinations, or contracts, in order to complete that hand. The list of contracts as per the Russian rummy rules is-

Hand Sets Sequence
1 2 sets of 3 of a kind Not applicable
2 1 set of 3 of a kind 1 run of 4
3 2 sets of 4 of a kind Not applicable
4 Not applicable 2 runs of 4
5 3 sets of 3 of a kind Not applicable
6 1 set of 4 of a kind 1 run of 4
7 1 set of 3 of a kind 1 run of 7
8 2 sets of 3 of a kind 1 run of 4
9 2 sets of 5 of a kind Not applicable
10 Not applicable 2 runs of 5
11 1 set 8 of a kind Not applicable
12 Not applicable 1 run of 10

Also, remember-

  • In Russian rummy, the 2s and jokers are wildcards and can be used to represent any card.
  • Aces are both high and low cards.
  • The cards in the sequences (runs) must be of the same suit.

Scoring parameters

The player laying down all the cards is the winner of the round. However, the combinations required by Russian rummy rules have to be formed.

Scoring in russian rummy
  • If more than 1 player completes the 12th Russian rummy round in the same hand, then the player with the lowest score wins.
  • The winner gets 0 points. The other players calculate the points of cards remaining in their hands which becomes the score.
  • At the end of 12 rounds, the player with the lowest score is the winner.

The points for the cards are:

  • Wildcards (2s) and joker= 50 points
  • Ace= 20 points
  • Face Cards (King, Queen, Jack)= 10 points
  • 3-10= 5 points each

Variants of rummy available on GetMega

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

With this, our article on Russian rummy comes to an end.

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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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