How to Play Online Rummy
Rummy is a card game, or rather a group of card games, in which the goal is to match similar playing cards together. Numerous variations of the game exist both live and online.
In North America, the most common of these is Gin Rummy. This and other popular rummy games like Oklahoma Gin and Kalooki 51 are offered at RummyRoyal.
Online Rummy is typically played with between two and four people. Each player receives a set number of cards, depending on the variation being played. The cards in a player’s hand are not disclosed to other players, unless a player completes a “meld” (explained below). Rummy games make use of one or multiple standard, 52-card decks also used in poker and many other popular games. However, unlike in other games such as Blackjack, where Aces may count high or low (according to the player), Aces in Rummy are nearly always low, except in Kalooki. This means Aces are considered one point; face cards are counted as ten points and all other cards are worth their face value. Also some variations, such as Kalooki, use Jokers as wildcards.
The objective of the game is to be the first player to dispose of all their cards, by creating so-called “melds” and laying them face up on the table. There are two types of melds: sets and runs. A set is made up of three or more cards of the same rank and a run contains three or more cards in a sequence of the same suit. The game is divided into turns, with each player beginning their turn by drawing a card from one of two card piles on the table, the stock or discard pile. A player ends their turn by adding one of their cards to the discard pile.
Different online rummy tables offer varying stakes, which amount to a buy-in for playing a game at that table. Players pay the stake to take a seat at the table and are awarded the corresponding prize pool contributed by the players at that table for winning with varying payout structures.
Strategy in Rummy is based on trying to pick up cards from the stock and discard piles that aid you in completing melds while not discarding cards that are useful for other players. Skill and tactics are very important in Rummy. Players must analyze cards discarded by other players to try to infer what melds they may be trying to complete in order to make informed decisions about what cards to play and discard themselves.
Another aspect of the game involved in some Rummy variations (such as Gin Rummy) is that at the end of a game (when the first player has disposed of all their cards), the cards of the remaining playing are counted and assigned point values. These leftover cards are referred to as “deadwood” in Gin Rummy. It’s best not to still be in possession of high-value cards when another player ends the game.
The best way to get the hang of Rummy is to simply practice it at one of the many online rummy tables offering both real-money and play-money games like at RummyRoyal.