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Rummy Rules

1. What is Rummy?

Rummy is a popular Draw and Discard game with 13 cards. The basic objective of the game is to improve one's Hand, that is, whatever cards one has, by drawing and discarding cards to form sequences and sets based on rummy rules.

According to the Honorable Supreme Court of India, Rummy is a game of skill and not a game of chance and absolutely legal to play.

2. What is Draw and Discard?

In all Rummy games, each player is dealt a hand of cards. During the game, each player picks a card from the closed deck or the open deck on their turn which is known as drawing. They then get rid of card by placing it on the open deck which is known as discarding. To pick a card is known as draw and to discard means to get rid of a card.

3. What is Indian Rummy?

Indian Rummy is a classic variant of Rummy that is popular in India. The game involves making sets and sequences out of 13 cards. During the game, each player draws and discards cards till one player melds his/her cards with valid groups that meet the rummy validation rules.

4. What is a Table?

A table is where a game of rummy is played.

5. What is Meld and Show?

For a particular Hand, each player is provided with 13 cards. The objective of Rummy is to arrange these cards into groups. These groups can be either Sequences or Sets. A minimum of 2 sequences are required to have a valid arrangement. Once the player has made these groups, he has to submit the cards in groups for validation. This action of submitting the cards is called Show. However, to have a successful Show, the player has to arrange the cards into sequences or sets. This action of arranging the cards in groups is called Meld or Melding.

6. What is a Round?

A Round starts with dealing the cards to each player and ends with a player making a successful Show or the prize being Split.

7. What is dealing?

To start playing a Round, the cards have to be given to all the players. The act of giving the cards to all the players is termed as Dealing.

8. What is a Deck of cards?

A complete set of cards is called a deck of cards. A deck of cards consists of 52 cards (4 suites with 13 cards each). Additionally, it also contains one joker (A joker can be used in place of any card during a game)

9. What is a Joker and how does it help?

There are two types of jokers used in Rummy. One is a printed joker (which has the symbol of Joker) and the other is a card joker which is randomly selected from the deck of cards after the cards are dealt and before the game begins. This joker is different for different games. All cards of the exact rank in any suit similar to the joker are considered as Jokers.

A Joker is allowed to be used in place of any card when forming a set or sequence. However, the player has to ensure that he has a sequence without a Joker card to place a valid show.

10. What is a Drop?

A player can choose not to play a particular round before drawing the first card. This action is called drop. Drop points given are as below:

  1. 101 Pool – 20
  2. 201 Pool – 25
  3. Strikes – 20
  4. There is no option to drop in Best of 2 and Best of 3

11. What is Middle Drop?

Players can choose not to play after a round starts. This action is termed as middle drop. Drop points given are as below:

  1. 101 Pool – 40
  2. 201 Pool – 50
  3. Strikes – 40
  4. There is no option to drop in Best of 2 and Best of 3

12. What is Full Count?

A Full Count is the maximum possible score for one Round. For all types of games in Rummy, the Full Count is 80.

13. What is a Sequence?

A sequence is a group of three or more consecutive cards of the same suit. When a sequence is formed without a joker it is known as a Pure Sequence and a sequence formed with a joker is known as Impure Sequence

14. What is a Set?

A set is a group of cards of different suits but with the same face value.

15. When do you win or what is a "Show"?

You win a game when you are the first player at your table to call for a valid show. You must have 14 cards, of which you would need to choose one to discard, before calling for a show. After this, if your 13 cards can be arranged in particular sets in accordance with the rules of the game, you would be declared the winner.

16. Validation Rules

To make a successful show, the cards must be arranged as per the validation rules listed below:

  1. One Pure Sequence (Sequence without Joker) – Compulsory. However, the sequence can include a joker if the joker card is used as the card itself and not as a Joker.
  2. Second Sequence (Can be with or without Joker) - Compulsory
  3. Remaining cards can be grouped (meld) into sets or sequences of minimum 3 cards each

Note: Penalty points in case of wrong show is 80.

17. What is "Rejoin" option?

In Pools rummy, the player has an option to rejoin the table after he has been eliminated (by reaching maximum point limit) from the game.

18. When can a player "Re-join" the table

In Pools Rummy, a player has an option to re-join the table if the next highest points on the table is not more than 174 points in a 201 Rummy game and 79 points in a 101 Rummy game.

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