Rummy is one of the most popular form of card games which is widely played all over the world. Rummy in India is declared as a skill-based game and completely legal by the Constitution of India. Learning and playing rummy is very easy nowadays due to availability of several online gaming platforms where you can play freeroll or cash games while comfortably sitting at your home. Rummy is a very enjoyable and fascinating game which entertains you, helps you in socializing, as well as challenges your strategy and decision making skills.
In rummy, the player needs to sort and create best sequences or sets from the given cards to win the game. Winning in a rummy game completely depends on player’s understanding, skills, and improvisation.
There are many types of rummy available but here we will talk about some very popular rummy variants in India:
1) 13 Card Rummy
13 card rummy or Indian rummy is played with minimum of 2 and maximum of 6 players. It requires 2 decks of 52 cards and 2 jokers. The card dealer randomly deals out 13 cards to each player. At each turn, player picks one card from the open or closed deck and then discard one of his in-hand cards to continue the game. Player need to arrange all the 13 cards in two or more sets or sequences before others to win the game . For the winning declaration, the player needs to arrange one pure sequence (3 to 4 cards of same suit) without joker and other sequences can be impure with the use of joker card. Joker is a wild card which can be used to replace any card in an impure sequence/set.Player needs to declare and discard the last remaining card to end the game. His cards will be validated and after that other players also have to meld their cards and declare in the best way possible to save points.
2) 21 Card Rummy
Rules and number of players to play 21 Card Rummy are very similar to 13 card rummy. The only difference is it is played with 21 cards instead of 13. It needs minimum 3 decks to play and players are dealt 21 cards each. The player needs to make sequences in which 3 sequences must be pure and rest can be pure or impure. Players have to arrange their cards by picking one card from the open or closed deck and discard one in-hand card which they find less useful. Other player can choose to pick that discarded card or pick a new card from the closed deck. The player who first arranges the cards in valid sequences/sets wins the game.
3) Marriage Rummy
Marriage rummy is the newest rummy variant which is gradually becoming popular in India. Like other variants, it can be played with minimum 2 and maximum of 6 players with 3 decks of of regular 52 cards with 2 jokers. Player needs to form at least one pure sequence along with other pure/ impure sequences to win. After distribution of 13 cards by the dealer to the players, a random card have to be selected as the joker and all cards of same rank are considered as jokers (cut-joker). It can be used as a replacement for any card to create the impure sequence/set. The other important feature of this variant is value cards. For example-if 7 of club is considered as cut-joker, then 6 and 8 of club will be considered as value cards. If a player has all these 3 cards, it will be called a marriage hand and the player will be eligible for extra points. Marriage hand is also considered as a pure sequence. A player can earn good points with the use of value cards even if he loses full hand in the game.