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How to Play Rummy

The game of rummy is played with multiple decks of cards. To win the rummy game, a player must make a valid declaration by drawing and discarding cards from the two piles given on the table.

One pile is a closed deck, where a player is unable to see the card that he or she is picking, while the other is an open deck that is formed by the cards discarded by the rummy players. To win in a rummy online game, the players have to group cards in valid sequences and sets.

Rummy Rules

Rummy rules are very simple. Usually, it is played with 2 decks of cards and each player gets 13 cards each at the start.

On their turn, players draw 1 card from the open or closed deck, and discard 1 card from their group of cards. The open deck is a pile of discarded cards while the closed deck contains cards that have not been dealt.

Objective of Rummy

The primary objective of a game of rummy is to make a valid declaration. A valid declaration of the cards can be made by arranging all the 13 cards in an appropriate order.

Important: All the cards are arranged in a combination of sequences and(or) sets that include at least two sequences with one being a pure sequence.

The winner is the one who makes a valid declaration first. Other players accumulate points between 2 to 80 (based on the non-grouped cards).

Let’s understand what are sequences

A group of 3 or more consecutive cards of the same suit is known as a sequence. There are two types of sequences, pure and impure:

Pure Sequence

A pure sequence is a group of 3 or more consecutive cards of the same suit. You can use a maximum of 10 cards to make a pure sequence.

Pure Sequence
iconPure Sequence

Impure sequence

An impure sequence is a group of 3 or more cards where a printed joker or wild joker is used for completing the sequence.

Impure sequence
iconImpure sequence

What is a Set in Rummy?

A set is a group of 3 or 4 cards of the same value but of different suits.

Set
iconSet

What After Creating Sequences and Sets?

You DECLARE. But be careful, it needs to be a valid declaration.

More about “Valid Declaration”

To make a valid declaration, your group of cards must have at least 2 sequences, one of which needs to be a pure sequence. That’s it. It does not matter if you arrange the rest of the cards in sequences or sets.

After arranging the cards appropriately, you can discard the last unwanted card (often called the 14th card) in the ‘show here’ slot to declare.

A Valid Declaration
Pure Sequence
iconPure Sequence
Sequence
iconSequence
Set
iconSet
Set
iconSet

If it’s not a Valid Declaration, then what happens?

Invalid declaration. This is something even the best players fear. Here are a few common mistakes that lead to an invalid declaration:

  • 1 Not having a pure sequence.
  • 2Not having 2 sequences.
  • 3Having 2 cards of the same suit in a set.

When you make an invalid declaration, you accumulate “full points”. For eg. if it’s a Points game, you get 80 points.

This was the basics of rummy. Now, let’s deep dive into other important aspects of this beautiful game.

Jokers in Rummy

One of the most important cards in a game of rummy, Jokers can fit in anywhere. They help you create impure sequences, and sets. A joker can be used as a substitute to any card. There are two types of jokers in a game of rummy - a printed joker - a card on which “Joker” is clearly mentioned, and a wildcard joker.

What is a Wildcard Joker?

At the start of each deal, a card is picked randomly as the wildcard joker. This card is kept in an open position at the bottom of the closed deck. For eg. if 5 of hearts is selected to be the wildcard joker, then 5 of all suits will be considered jokers. A wildcard joker can also be used to form a pure sequence if it fits the pure sequence criteria.

What is a Printed Joker?

A card on which it says “Joker” is a printed joker. A deck of cards has 2 printed jokers. In rummy, you can use it to create impure sequences, and sets.

Note: If the printed joker card is selected as a wildcard joker, then all Aces are jokers.

How does Scoring in Rummy Work?

As stated before, in a game of rummy, points are attributed to a negative value, where the player who declares (validly) first gets zero points, while the other players get points based on the cards that do not form a valid combination. In case your opponent does not have a pure sequence, the value of all the cards is counted, regardless of the fact that all cards are arranged in impure sequences or sets.

Each numbered card (2,3,4…10) carries the same points as its corresponding number. All the face cards (K,Q,J) and Ace, carry 10 points each.

What is “Drop” in Rummy?

“Drop” can be used to minimise losses. It is a strategic move when you don’t feel confident about your group of cards.

First drop: You drop without playing a single turn. Based on the format you’re playing, you accumulate certain points. For eg. in Points rummy, you will accumulate 20 points, and in Pool 61, you will accumulate 15 points.

Middle drop: You drop after playing at least 1 turn. Here, the points accumulation is double than that of the first drop.


Different Types of Rummy Game

Points Rummy

Played between 2-6 players with 2 decks of cards. Points rummy is one of the fastest variants of the game.

How to Play Points Rummy?

Similar to any other format, the objective is to make a valid declaration before your opponent does.

What is “Point Value”? What is the Difference between 0.5 Point and 1 Point?

₹0.01 Discount Credites/Point
₹0.8Discount Creditesicon651
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₹0.05 /Point
₹4icon651
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₹0.01 /Point
₹8icon918
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₹0.25 /Point
₹20icon432
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₹0.5 /Point
₹20icon111
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₹1 /Point
₹80icon145
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₹2 /Point
₹160icon171
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₹5 /Point
₹400icon771
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₹10 /Point
₹800icon432
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₹20 /Point
₹1,600icon760
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₹40 /Point
₹3,200icon555
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₹80 /Point
₹6,400icon312
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₹125 /Point
₹10,000icon432
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₹150 /Point
₹12,000icon861
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₹200 /Point
₹16,000icon8,619
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It is the rupee value of a point on the table. Eg. if the point value is 0.5, it means each point is worth ₹0.5. You can play from 0.01 Point to 125 Point game on RummyCulture.

What is “Drop” in Points Rummy?

When you are not confident on your group of cards, you can drop to minimise your losses. There’s a penalty when you do, so make sure you make a calculated decision.

  • First drop (dropping before a single turn) = 20 points
  • Middle drop (dropping after at least 1 turn) = 40 points
  • Invalid declare = 80 points

What is “Buy-In” in Points Rummy?

It is the minimum amount you require to participate in a Points game. It depends on the Point value of the game you want to play. For eg. you are playing 1 Point game, then:

1 point = ₹180 x 1 rupee = ₹8080 is the maximum points you can lose if your opponent declares first. Therefore, the buy-in will be ₹80.

Discount Credits

DCs are non-monetary and discretionary credits provided by Gameskraft to facilitate a user to play a cash game with a Discounted Buy-in Value. Discount Credits cannot be withdrawn and have a defined expiry period depending on the ongoing promotional offer. Join any table using 100% Discount Credits.

What is Game Buy-In Value and Discounted Game Buy-In Value?

  • Game Buy-In is calculated as Loss Points * Point value of the table
  • If you have Discount Credits available, it will be applied towards Discounted Game Buy-In
  • Discount Game Buy-In reflects the net cash amount loss in a game

How will the winning amount be calculated for a game?

  • Winning amount is calculated as Total points lost by all players * Point Value of Table * Winning Multiplier
  • Actual winning amount after each game will be shown to you after each game on the scorecard
  • You can find the Winning Multiplier for each table in the section below.

Winning Multiplier

VariantPlayersTable Buy-InWinning Multiplier
Points2₹0.050.85
Points2₹0.010.85
Points2₹0.250.85
Points2₹0.50.85
Points2₹10.85
Points2₹20.85
Points2₹50.88
Points2₹100.88
Points2₹200.88
Points2₹400.89
Points2₹800.89
Points2₹1250.89
Points2₹2500.89
Points2₹5000.89
Points6₹0.050.85
Points6₹0.010.85
Points6₹0.250.85
Points6₹0.50.85
Points6₹10.85
Points6₹20.85
Points6₹50.88
Points6₹100.88
Points6₹200.88
Points6₹400.88
Points6₹800.88
Points6₹1250.88
Points6₹2500.88

Deals Rummy

Played with 2-6 players, Deals rummy has multiple variations within itself. It varies from 2-player 1-deal to 6-player 3-deals.

How to Play Deals Rummy?

The 2-player 1-deal variation is pretty simple. The winner of the deal wins the game and takes the winning amount. For others, you get a certain number of chips at the start of the game. When you make a valid declaration, all the points that your opponents have accumulated, you will get them as chips. At the end of the game, the player who has maximum chips is the winner.

What is “Drop” in Deals rummy?

When you are not confident on your group of cards, you can drop to minimise your losses. There’s a penalty when you do, so make sure you make a calculated decision.

  • First drop (dropping before a single turn)= 20 points
  • Middle drop (dropping after at least 1 turn) = 40 points
  • Invalid declare = 80 points

What is “Buy-In” in Deals Rummy?

Each Deals game has a pre-decided fee which you need to pay to play it. This fee is known as the buy-in amount.

Discount Credits

DCs are non-monetary and discretionary credits provided by Gameskraft to facilitate a user to play a cash game with a Discounted Buy-in Value. Discount Credits cannot be withdrawn and have a defined expiry period depending on the ongoing promotional offer. Join any table using 100% Discount Credits.

What is Table Buy-In Value and Discounted Buy-In Value

  • Table Buy-In reflects the amount that you need to join that table
  • If you have Discount Credits available, you are entitled to join table with Discounted Buy-In value
  • Discounted Buy-In value means the net cash amount, which will be debited in your account for the purpose of joining a particular table

What will be the Prize Pool of a game?

  • Prize Pool is calculated as Table Buy-In * Winning Multiplier
  • Actual Prize Pool will be available on the table once the game starts. If the Prize Pool is adjusted during the game due to Rejoin by any player as per rules, then the updated prize pool will be visible in the table.
  • You can find the Winning Multiplier for each table in the section below.

Winning Multiplier

VariantPlayersTable Buy-InWinning Multiplier
Deal2₹11.70
Deal2₹51.70
Deal2₹101.70
Deal2₹251.70
Deal2₹501.70
Deal2₹1001.76
Deal2₹2501.70
Deal2₹5001.80
Deal2₹10001.80
Deal2₹20001.80
Deal2₹50001.80
Deal2₹10,0001.80
Deal2₹20,0001.80
Deal6₹15.10
Deal6₹55.10
Deal6₹105.10
Deal6₹255.10
Deal6₹505.10
Deal6₹1005.28
Deal6₹2505.28
Deal6₹5005.28
Deal6₹10005.28

Pool Rummy

Strategy rules in Pool rummy. Probably the best game to understand the usefulness and the art of dropping from a deal. Played between 2-6 players, like Deals rummy, this has a few variations in itself.

What is “Drop” in Pool Rummy?

When you are not confident on your group of cards, you can drop to minimise your losses. You can either drop before a single turn (first drop) or drop after a turn (middle drop). There’s a penalty when you do, so make sure you make a calculated decision.

Pool variantFirst dropMiddle drop
61 Pool15 points30 points
101 Pool20 points40 points
201 Pool25 points50 points

Additionally, in case of an invalid declaration, the points imposed on the players are as follows:

Pool variantInvalid declaration penalty
61 Pool60
101 Pool80
201 Pool80

What is “Buy-In” in Pool Rummy?

Each Pool game has a pre-decided fee which you need to pay to play it. This fee is known as the buy-in amount.

Discount Credits

Discount Credits may entitle you to join a table with lower amount (i.e.Discounted Buy-In) and this Discounted Buy-In value can even be 0.

What is Table Buy-In Value and Discounted Buy-In Value?

  • Table Buy-In reflects the amount that you need to join that table
  • If you have Discount Credits available, you are entitled to join table with Discounted Buy-In value
  • Discounted Buy-In value means the net cash amount, which will be debited in your account for the purpose of joining a particular table

What will be the Prize Pool of a game?

  • Prize Pool is calculated as Table Buy-In * Winning Multiplier
  • Actual Prize Pool will be available on the table once the game starts. If the Prize Pool is adjusted during the game due to Rejoin by any player as per rules, then the updated prize pool will be visible in the table.
  • You can find the Winning Multiplier for each table in the section below.

Winning Multiplier

VariantPlayersTable Buy-InWinning Multiplier
Pool2₹11.70
Pool2₹51.70
Pool2₹101.70
Pool2₹251.70
Pool2₹501.70
Pool2₹1001.70
Pool2₹2501.70
Pool2₹5001.76
Pool2₹10001.80
Pool2₹20001.80
Pool2₹50005.10
Pool2₹10,0005.10
Pool2₹20,0005.10
Pool2₹40,0005.10
Pool6₹15.10
Pool6₹55.10
Pool6₹105.10
Pool6₹255.10
Pool6₹505.10
Pool6₹1005.10
Pool6₹2505.10
Pool6₹5005.28
Pool6₹10005.28
Pool6₹20005.40
Pool6₹50005.40
Pool6₹10,0005.40
Pool6₹20,0005.40

How to Play Pool Rummy?

There are 3 different variations of Pool - Pool 61, Pool 101, Pool 201. To explain how it’s played, let’s take the example of Pool 61. Played between 2-6 players, this game involves elimination of players if they accumulate greater than or equal to 61 points after a deal ends. Like any other rummy game, the aim is to declare before your opponent does. Players keep playing one deal after another until only 1 player remains. The points accumulation depends on the ungrouped cards one has when the opponent declares.

How can a Player Rejoin in the Pool Variant of Rummy?

In the Pool Rummy variant, eliminated players are allowed to rejoin the table if they meet the following conditions:

  • The entry fee for the table is less than ₹2000.
  • If no player on the table has points over 44 in 61 Pool rummy, 79 in 101 Pool rummy and 174 in 201 Pool rummy.
  • The rejoining player will have joining points equal to one more than the highest points held by a player. For example, if the highest points held by a player on the table is 26, the rejoining player will start the hand with 27 points.

What is the Point Calculation if a Player Drops from the Game?

In the Pool Rummy variant, the points imposed on players for dropping are different from the usual drop points. Moreover, they are different from the three Pool Rummy variants that one can play on RummyCulture.

Pool variantFirst dropMiddle drop
61 Pool15 points30 points
101 Pool20 points40 points
201 Pool25 points50 points

Additionally, in case of an invalid declaration, the points imposed on the players are as follows:

Pool variantInvalid declaration penalty
61 Pool60
101 Pool80
201 Pool80

Point to remember: Every deal is settled when a player wins the deal or when each player makes 25 moves in the current deal, whichever is earlier.

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