Rummy is a difficult game to play and win hence it is important to understand the rules first.
Points Rummy is a card game which is a 13-card format. It can be played by two players or six players. When two players are playing a 52 deck standard card with one joker is used. If more than two, i.e. six players are playing then two 52 deck cards plus two jokers are used (total 106 cards).
If playing for money then each player must place a stake which will be pre-decided at the beginning of the game. A random card is dealt for each player to choose the player who can play the first move. So, for each player, 13 random cards are dealt with. When the game starts, the card which is placed first is placed face up on the table and the display of the card is visible to all. The next cards are placed face down with their display’s unknown. The game starts when the joker is randomly chosen.
In the rummy game, it is important that all the players get rid of their cards through various turns and rounds, according to the specifications of the game.
The turn comprises of two actions- picking the card and discarding the card after the turn ends.
The player can choose to pick up a card from the deck or from the cards discarded by the other players. The cards of least value are usually discarded depending on their value and even high point cards are discarded depending on the penalty. The penalty points are calculated after the game ends.
1 game = 1 deal
each player has 80 x points
10 points for the first drop; 40 points for the middle drop; 80 points for full count
In each round, the players decide on usability in ‘runs’ and ‘sets’ which are called melds. The players can throw down cards randomly to form sets or runs and lay them on the meld area. It is mandatory that one card should be in the hand to complete the turn.
Run- three cards from one suit
Set-Three cards from different suits
When a player has placed all the cards on the table and has none in hand, he/she wins the game. The player which has the most card in hand is penalized according to the cumulative value of all the remaining cards.
Traditionally, points rummy end after three rounds or even one round. For a “hunt-win” the player can choose to lay down all the cards at once on the meld to avoid being caught by the opponent.
For the winner
For the loser