What Are The Show Rules In Rummy?

What Are The Show Rules In Rummy?

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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 the rummy show rules.

We have also covered the basics of a rummy card game in separate articles. Please click here to read all our articles on rummy card games on our blog.

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Know about the rummy show rules

In any rummy card game, in order to win, you have to meld your cards into valid groups and make a valid declaration. This is also called a Show. You can use jokers and wildcards to represent any card you don’t have.

To place Show, you must have 14 cards out of which you must choose to discard 1 card. 13 cards are arranged into valid sequences & sets and laid on the table for other players to see.

The person placing a valid Show first wins the round

In the popular Indian rummy, in order to make a valid declaration you need the following:

  • At least 2 sequences (called Life) 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.

We will now explain the terms one by one.

Joker- Apart from the printed joker, in Indian rummy, another card is selected at random as a wild card joker. For example, 8♦

In case the card selected at random is the joker then the Ace becomes the wild card joker

Runs/sequences- These are 3 or more succeeding cards of the same suit. For example- 4♦ 5♦ 6♦. This is also known as a Life in Indian rummy.

Sets- Sets are  3 or more cards of the same rank but different suits. Eg- 5♣ 5♦ 5♠

Rummy show cards in a valid show

In order to have a valid show, the rummy show cards are arranged:

Pure Life- This is a sequence without any joker. Eg- 4♦ 5♦ 6♦

Second Life- This is also called an impure sequence if there is a joker. Example:   K♣ Q♣ Joker

Remaining cards arranged as sequences or Sets. Sets can contain Jokers.

Example of a valid declaration in Indian rummy game:-

Pure sequence-  4♦ 5♦ 6♦

Impure sequence- K♣ Q♣ Joker

Remaining cards-  3♦ 3♠ 3♣ Joker, 7♠ 8♠ 9♠

What are the rummy wrong show rules?

We will help you to understand rummy wrong show rules through examples.

Examples of invalid declaration in Indian rummy game:-

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

Type of grouping



First Life sequence

4 Joker 6

Not allowed since there is a Joker therefore there are no pure sequences

First Life sequence

6 7 8

Allowed- Although 8is a wildcard, here it is used as itself. 

Second Life

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 of invalid shows:

Type of grouping



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

Invalid set

4 5♠ 6

Not allowed since all the suits must be of the same suit

Invalid set

3 3♠ 3♣ Joker Joker

Not allowed as a set cannot have 5 cards (only 3-4 cards allowed in a set)

Valid set

3♣ 3♠  Joker Joker


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.

What are the show rules on Getmega?

GetMega follows the same rummy show rules.
In the rummy card game at GetMega, each player is dealt with 13 cards. The goal is to arrange  all 13 cards and make a valid declaration. This is done by creating different groups of sequences and/or sets. For a valid declaration, there must be at least two sequences in your hand. One sequence must be pure.

With this our article on rummy show rules comes to an end. Why not practice and improve your rummy show cards skills on GetMega today?

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