How to Play?

In the game of rummy, the goal is to form specific combinations with the 13 cards in your hand, which can be either all sequences or a combination of sequences and sets. Your aim is to make a valid declaration before your opponents do. To play rummy like a professional, you need to focus on creating sequences or sequences and sets that enable you to make a valid declaration. There are several valid declarations you can make, including having 2 sequences and 2 sets, 3 sequences, and 1 set, or arranging all cards in sequences.

Rummy rules require you to form at least two sequences to have a valid hand or declaration. Furthermore, at least one of the sequences must be a pure sequence. If you declare without a pure sequence in your hand, not only will you lose, but you will lose by a significant margin. This is because the points of all the cards in your hand will be added up to calculate your penalty points, which can lead to a higher penalty.

 

What are Rummy Rules?

The rules of the rummy game are straightforward and can be easily learned. Let’s take a closer look at the rules and learn how to play rummy:

  • To play Indian rummy, you need two to six players and one or two standard decks of 52 cards with jokers. Each player is initially dealt 13 cards to start the game.

  • The cards that are not dealt form a closed deck which is placed face down in the center of the table. The closed deck remains concealed from the players. The top card of the closed deck is then revealed and placed face up on the table to form the open deck. Players must discard their cards to the open deck.

  • A wild joker is chosen at random, and all other cards of the same rank/value in different suits are also designated as wild jokers for the duration of the game.

  • On each turn, players must pick a card from either the closed or open deck and discard a card to the open deck.

  • To win the game, players must arrange all the cards in their hands in either sequences or sequences and sets. A valid declaration requires at least two sequences, out of which one must be a pure sequence. The player who declares first with a valid arrangement of cards wins the game.

Sequences

A rummy sequences consists of three or more cards of the same suit in order.  

Pure Sequence
A Sequence without Jokers
Impure Sequence
Sequences that can contain jokers
First Life
First life is a first pure sequence
Second Life
Second Life is a second pure sequence or the first impure sequence

Note - A second Life is not valid until you have a First Life

When playing card games such as rummy, it’s important to arrange cards into valid groups. One of these groups is called a Sequence, which is a collection of three or more cards of the same suit that are arranged in consecutive order. Rummy recognizes two types of sequences, namely pure sequence and impure sequence.
Pure Sequence

A Pure Sequence is a sequence of cards of the same suit that follows a consecutive order without the use of any Joker cards. To make a valid declaration, players must form at least one pure sequence in a game of rummy.

Example: 6♦-7♦-8♦ is a pure sequence of three consecutive diamond cards without any Joker involved. Similarly, A♣-2♣-3♣-4♣ is a pure sequence made up of four consecutive club cards without the use of any Joker.

Another example of a pure sequence is 5❤-6❤-7❤-8❤-9❤, which is formed using five consecutive heart cards without any Joker card. Remember that in rummy, players must form at least one pure sequence to declare a win.

Impure Sequence

In card games such as rummy, an impure sequence is a sequence of three or more cards of the same suit arranged consecutively, but with one or more cards being replaced by a joker.

Example: A sequence like 10♥-J♥-PJ-K♥ is an impure sequence composed of four consecutive heart cards. Here, the printed joker card serves as a substitute for the missing Queen of Hearts (Q♥) card.

Invalid Set

The combination 2♦-2♠-2♦-2♣ does not qualify as a valid set according to rummy rules. This is because it contains two cards of the same rank and suit, in this case, two 2♦ cards. A valid set can only include one card of each suit for a given rank.

If the combination had 2♥ instead of one 2♦ card, it would have been a valid set. A valid set of four 2 cards would be 2♦-2♣-2♠-2♥.

It’s important to form valid sets when playing rummy, as only valid sets can be used to make a valid declaration and win the game. 

Significance of Jokers

All cards with the same rank as the card below the closed deck are considered jokers. A joker functions as a substitute to any card. 

When playing rummy, one of the most important rules to learn is how to use jokers effectively. Jokers are a special type of card that can be used to substitute for any other card, and mastering their use can greatly increase your chances of winning. In rummy, there are two types of jokers: printed jokers and wild jokers. 

Printed Joker

A printed joker, as its name implies, has an image of a joker printed on it. This card can be used to replace any missing card to form a set or an impure sequence. For example, if you have 5♠-6♠-PJ-8♠, the printed joker can be used as a substitute for 7♠ to complete a sequence.

The following examples illustrate how printed jokers can be used in rummy:

  • 2♦-3♦-PJ-5♦: In this impure sequence, the printed joker is used to replace 4♦.

  • 4♠-4♣-4♥-PJ: This is a valid set of four 4 cards, with the printed joker used to replace 4♦.

  • By learning how to use printed jokers effectively, you can improve your ability to form sets and sequences, and increase your chances of winning in rummy. 

Wild Joker

The wild joker is a randomly chosen card at the start of the game, and it holds significant importance. Along with other cards of the same rank and different suits, the wild joker becomes the joker of the game.

For example, if 4♦ is selected as the wild joker, all other 4 cards (4♥, 4♣, and 4♠) become wild jokers for that particular game.

Similar to the printed joker, the wild joker can also act as a replacement for any missing card and can help form sets or sequences.

How to Group?

To group cards, you can either tap on the cards you want to group and then select the “GROUP” button, or manually move the cards to create your desired groups.

How to Group?

To add cards to a group, you can either tap on the cards you want to include and then tap on the “ADD HERE” button in the group you wish to add them to, or you can manually move the selected cards to the desired group.

How To Discard?

To discard a card, simply tap on the cards you wish to let go of. Once you have selected the cards, you can either tap on the ‘DISCARD’ button or drag the card to the open deck located on the right side of the table.

How To Declare Rummy Game?
Make sure all the 13 cards are arranged in a proper Sequence and Sets. At least one pure sequence is required for a valid declaration in this online rummy game. Select your unwanted card and select ‘SHOW’ instead of ‘Discard’.
Valid Declaration

In order to make a valid declaration in the game of rummy, you must organize all 13 cards in your hand either in sequences or in sequences and sets, while adhering to all game rules.

Once you have arranged your cards, you must discard the last unwanted card into the “Finish” slot and declare your hand to finish the game. The player who successfully makes a valid declaration first wins the game and receives zero points.

To meet the criteria for a valid declaration, you must satisfy the following three conditions:

  • Pure Sequence: In the game of rummy, it is essential to create a pure sequence of at least three consecutive cards of the same suit in order to win. It is important to note that a printed joker cannot be used as a substitute for any card in a pure sequence. However, a wild joker can be utilized to form a pure sequence as long as it is a part of the same suit.
    In the absence of a pure sequence, any declaration made is deemed invalid, and the player loses by a margin equivalent to the total value of all the cards in their hand.

  • Second Sequence: In order to make a valid declaration in rummy, it is necessary to form a minimum of two sequences according to the game rules. Along with the mandatory pure sequence, a second sequence must also be created, which can be either pure or impure, depending on the cards in hand.
    An impure sequence includes a joker that serves as a substitute for any other card in the sequence. It is worth noting that players have the option to create more than two sequences if they wish.

  • It is important to arrange all the cards in your hand that are not part of the mandatory two sequences in either sequences or sets to make a valid declaration in rummy. While forming a set is optional, all cards must be included in a valid combination.

  • Invalid Declaration: In the event of a declaration that does not fulfill any of the three conditions outlined above, it is deemed invalid. Making an invalid declaration will result in an instant loss, and the opponent will be declared the winner in a two-player game. However, if there are more than two players at the table, the game will continue until a valid declaration is made by one of the remaining players. Below are some examples of invalid declarations.

Score

In a game of rummy, the score is determined by the total value of all cards that are not included in a valid sequence or set. The objective of the game is to reduce this score to zero by forming valid sequences and sets.

J, Q, K & A have a value of  10 

The remaining cards are valued according to their rank. The score in rummy is calculated as the total value of cards that are not part of a valid set or sequence.

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