Speed Rummy- All You Need To Know!

Speed Rummy- All You Need To Know!

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Speed rummy or speed card game as it is popularly called is another variant of the rummy game. This is mostly played between two to four players, using a standard deck of cards including 52 cards.  The main objective of this game is to get rid of your cards as quickly as possible.

Speed rummy has a different set of rules and different ways which are followed while playing. We will go through the rules and strategies of this fun game in this article.

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Speed Rummy- Rules and Strategies to be used!

The round of speed rummy begins when each player simultaneously flips their cards face up at the center. The player then has to discard cards from their own hand by using only one hand and matching the cards in a way that each card is either one above, below or same in value as the two cards above.

If the player is left with less than five cards in hand they have to draw out of their respective draw pile until the draw pile is depleted. If the plates run out of options to play, they can use the side pile or the center stack to draw out cards. When the side piles are depleted, the center stacks are shuffled and placed individually as new side piles.

A player is declared as a winner when they run out of cards both in hand and in the draw pile. Even then, the player who has no cards left has to say ‘SPEED’ in order to win the game. This is called a verbal win. The winner is usually chosen as best of 3 in the game of speed rummy.

Speed rummy can be played with or without the joker cards. If you play with the joker cards, the joker cards are used as wild cards in the speed rummy game and can be used as a substitute for any other card from the regular suit. For example, if the center card is a 3, the joker card can be used as a 2 or a 4.

When speed rummy is played with more than 2 people, you will need more than one deck of cards. Speed rummy played with three or four people is called three way speed or four way speed respectively.

The basic strategy in a speed game is to play all the cards in your hand. But there are some tricks you can use to slow down your opponents’ game. This can be done by arranging your cards in order at the time they are dealt. Also if you come to know some cards from your opponents’ hand, it becomes easy to block them from playing.

Scoring Parameters

As opposed to the other variations of rummy, there are no points assigned to the cards in the game of speed rummy. Speed rummy requires you to play all the cards in your hand by placing them face-up at the center of the table, simultaneously with your opponent and matching these cards.

The main objective of the game is to get rid of all your cards as quickly as possible. The first player to get rid of all their cards from the hand and from the drawing pile is declared as the winner. As no points are maintained, this game is scored as a ‘best of 3’. Three rounds are played and the player that wins 2 out of the three rounds is declared as the winner.

How to deal in Speed Rummy?

At the start of the round of the speed rummy game, the dealer deals each player with five cards in hand. The players are also dealt an additional 15 cards that are used as the side pile. This side pile is used by the players for drawing cards when the drawing pile is depleted. In case the side pile is also depleted, the center stack is shuffled and placed face down as the side pile individually.

The deal begins with five cards, and the players need to have a total of five cards in their hands at all points in the game. In case the player is left with less than five cards, they should draw cards from the draw pile.

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