The undying love for Rummy is apparent from its variants played in different parts of the globe. As rummy game rules the heart of every card player, different cultures have modified the game and given rise to exciting rummy variations. Though the names and playing format might be different, the sole objective of all rummy variants is to meld cards to form valid sets and sequences. Once the cards are shuffled and distributed, players pick and discard cards to form valid declarations and compete to win the game.
We have listed out some of the popular rummy variants and explained the interesting rules associated with them:
- 13 Card Rummy: 13 card rummy is also known as Indian Rummy and is believed to be an extension of Gin Rummy and Rummy 500. This rummy variant is played by 2-6 players and each player is dealt 13 cards. The winning rule is simple – melding the cards into valid sets and sequences. The players must form at least 2 sequences. One should be a pure sequence (consecutively ranked cards of the same suit without joker) and the other one can be an impure sequence with a joker. Joker cards can be used as a substitute to replace any card and make impure sequences and sets.
- Pure Sequence: 6 ♦ 7 ♦ 8♦, or 2♣ 3♣ 4♣
- Impure Sequence: 6♥ 7♥ J♥, or 2♠ K♥ 4♠
Each card carries points – Face cards and Aces (10 points each), number cards (same as the number on them), and Joker cards (0 points). These points hold negative value, players are required to meld the cards and reduce points to zero. The 13 Card Rummy has 3 variations i.e. Points Rummy, Deals Rummy, and Pool Rummy.
Variants of 13 Card Rummy:
- Points Rummy: Considered as the basic variant of 13 Card Rummy, Points Rummy is for beginners. New players can play this variant to get a basic know-how of online rummy without spending much time. There are rummy tables with different point values. After declaring the game, the winnings of the player are calculated based on the points that the losing players have accumulated.
- Deals Rummy: Played for a fixed number of deals, Deals Rummy also has variants such as best of 2, best of 3, best of 6. At the beginning of the game, every player gets an equal number of chips. At the end of each deal, the losing players have to surrender their chips to the winner. Once all the deals are over, the player collecting the maximum chips is the winner.
- Pool Rummy: All the players at a table “pool in” money to play this rummy variant. This game has two versions – 101 Pool Rummy and 201 Pool Rummy. In 101 Pool Rummy, you have to drive your rival players to cross 101 points. All players get eliminated from the game as soon as they collect 101 points each. The player who is left at last is the winner. The same is with 201 Pool Rummy.
- 21 Card Rummy: Popularly known as Indian Marriage, this rummy variant is played during festive celebrations such as Diwali and Dussehra. It is played with 3 decks of cards and each player is dealt with 21 cards. The interesting rule is that to make a winning hand, players are required to form at least 3 pure sequences. The factor which adds to the thrill is the ‘Value Cards’ along with jokers. These cards function as jokers and carry additional points. For example, if 3♦ is the wild joker, 2♦ 3♦ 4♦ will be the Value Cards. 4♦ is called Paplu, 3♦ is Titlu, and 2♦ is Nichlu.
A player having all three ‘nichlu’, ‘paplu’, and ‘titlu’ holds ‘Marriage’ and is treated as a pure sequence. The players who possess this special hand get extra points from their opponents. Another interesting rule is that a group of 3 cards of the same rank and same suit form a ‘Trinala’. It is used as a pure sequence.
- Canasta: Players are supposed to form melds of seven cards – combinations of three or more cards of the same rank – with or without the help of wild cards. Each player gets 15 cards in hand. In this rummy game, wild cards are ‘jokers and twos’ which can be used in melds as substitutes for cards of the appropriate rank. Players cannot form sequences like 6,7,8,9.
- Rummy 500: This game is played just like the other rummy game, but the interesting factor lies in the drawing of the cards. In general rummy, players can draw only the top card from the discard pile. In this variant, 2 to 8 players can play this game and each player is dealt with 7 cards. Players can draw any card from the discard pile and the top one from the stockpile. The first player to reach a cumulative score of 500 or more over a series of hands wins the game.
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