How to Play Rummy 500

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Card games abound, and so do variations of each game. One such variation of the ever-popular card game rummy, is Rummy 500.

About Rummy 500

Rummy 500 is considered to be a more relaxing variation of standard rummy. In this game, the points are won for cards melded and points are lost for any cards that are left unmelded. As the name suggests, the number 500 is an important part of the game. Basically, whoever reaches a score of 500 over the course of several played hands wins. 

This game has been variously called 500 Rum and Pinochle Rummy, but the most common name remains Rummy 500. 

The game is played best between 2 to 8 people with a regular deck of 52 cards and 2 joker cards.

Objective of Rummy 500

The primary objective of Rummy 500 is to lay down sets of 3 or more cards either in groups (where the cards belong to the same rank across different suits, such as J J J, or in a sequence of consecutive ranks of the same suit, such as Q K A.

Rules of Rummy 500

Apart from the basic objective to lay down sets of 3 or more cards in melds, the game also allows cards already melded and laid down on the table to be extended with additional combinations.  For example, if 3 4 5 is already on the board, any player on their turn can add the 2 or 6 or both.

Jokers are complete wild cards, meaning they can be used to denote any card from the deck, and hence become important while melding.

In Rummy 500, each card has a point value as follows:

  • Joker – 15 points
  • Ace – 15 points
  • Jack, Queen and King – 10 points each
  • All numbered cards such as 2, 3, 4 etc. – Point value is same as the card’s face value

However, in case of an Ace, the value becomes 1 point if the meld is with 2 and 3 of the same suit. 

Playing Rummy 500

After the cards have been dealt, the player to the left of the dealer picks the top card from the stock pile and places it in his hand. This continues clockwise. Note that the stock pile is placed face down.

A player may also select a card from the discard pile (face up), but the following rules apply:

  • The player must pick up all cards on top of their chosen card.
  • The bottom card they choose must be used to create a meld during that turn.
  • All the remaining cards picked must either me melded during that turn, or added to the player’s hand.

After this, players can lay down melds from their hand. At each turn, the players must place down a card on the discard pile. 

Scoring in Rummy 500

The round continues until one player has used up all the cards. At this stage, the points of each player are tallied up.

All melded sets laid on the table are totalled up and the value of the unused cards (still in the hands of the remaining players) is subtracted. 

For example, if the total points scored from the cards laid down equal 60, and the total points from the cards remaining in hand is 20, the net score for that round would be 40. 

In case the total points scored from laid down cards is less than the points from the cards remaining in hand, a negative score is added to that player’s tally.

At the end of successive rounds, whichever player reaches a score of 500 first wins.

Exception to the Rule

In case no player is able to use up all his cards, in case everyone has a weak hand and the stock pile runs out of cards, the round ends but players do not subtract the value of their hands.

Calling Rummy

 As per this rule, if a player discards a card that could meld with an existing set already on the table, any other player can take that card by calling ‘Rummy’. The points from that card get added to that player’s tally.

We hope this article was helpful in explaining the rules of Rummy 500. Stay tuned for more information about your favourite games and tips to play better and win more.