How to Play

Rummy is a card game of matching cards. The matching cards belong to the same sequence or rank. To play any form of Rummy, players must build melds that have sets of three or four types of cards of the same rank. The other objective is to build runs with three or more cards of the same unit in sequence.

Rummy can be played by 2 or more, up to 6 players using a deck of 52 cards. Jokers can be used as substitutes in making the sets and sequences. Card rankings from low to high are Ace with 10 points, Jack, the Queen and the King have 10 points each and the number cards value according to their numbers.

Playing steps:

  • Watch and analyse the draw and discard piles

  • Shuffle the cards that make a pure sequence

  • Make the sequence of the remaining sets

  • Give a valid declaration

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Rummy is among the oldest of card games that are played across the world. The evolution and the history of the game go back several centuries. It is however difficult to trace its exact origin and development. Here are the most popularly known developments:

The Chinese Connection is probably the oldest with Mah-Jong, a game of draw and discard being played by the Tang Dynasty more than 1000 years back. The present form of the game though different from this is influenced by it.

Japanese Hanafuda or flower cards evolved when the Portuguese went there. It however became a gambling game in mid-17th century.

The Spanish & American connections are stronger. Spanish Conquan card game has close resemblance with Rummy. Others trace it back to America and having moved to Mexico in the 19th century.

Gin Rummy is said to have come from the alcoholic drink ‘Gin” in the USA as a modification of the 18th century Knock Rummy.

The Hollywood elites associated themselves with Rummy considering it as an elite and classy game.


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