How to Play Rummy – Rules for Rummy Card Game

Rummy is still one of the most popular card games. It is simple and fun to play card game. Gin Rummy, 500 Rummy, Oklahoma Rummy, and Canasta are some of the most popular variants of the Rummy. In this guide on How to Play Rummy, we have covered the original version of the Rummy card game. So, let’s start the guide on How to Play Rummy.

Required

Deck

A 52 cards standard deck is required.

Players

Two to six players can play this game.

Rank

The ranks of the cards from highest to lowest: King (K), Queen (Q), Jack (J), 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, Ace (A).

The Object of The Game

The main objective of the game is to be the first player to form melds of all the cards in the hand. Remember, the player should not have a card, that is not a part of any meld. Set and Run are only valid melds for this game.

Set: Set means 3 or 4 cards of the same rank.

Run: A run is a sequence of 3 or more cards of the same suit.

Determining Dealer and Dealing The Cards

There are no rules as to the determination of the dealer. The dealer is selected randomly by the players or a player may accept the dealership voluntarily. After the selection, the dealer deals cards to the players face down. The number of cards to be dealt depends on the total number of players. It is shown below:

Number of PlayersCards to be Dealt to each Player
2 Players10 Cards to each Player
3-4 Players7 Cards to each Player
5-6 Players6 Cards to each Player

After dealing the cards, the dealer places the remaining cards on the table in a pile face-down. It is called the “Stockpile”. Then the dealer turns-up the top card of the stockpile and places it next to the stockpile to start the “Discard Pile”. If the players are playing more than one hand then the dealership transfers in a clockwise manner at the end of each hand.

The Gameplay

The player on the left of the dealer takes the first turn. A player takes his/her turn by drawing a card either from the top of the stockpile or from the top of the discard pile and then discarding an unwanted card on the top of the discard pile. However, the player cannot discard the same card drawn from the discard pile in the same turn.

During the turn, if the player has a meld then he/she can place that meld on the table. Also, the player can lay off a card to those melds during the following turns. Laying off means to add a card to an existing meld.

During the game, if the stockpile runs out of the cards then the dealer takes all the cards from the discard pile except the top card and after shuffling them, puts those cards in a pile face-down to form the new stockpile.

Players take their turns in a clockwise manner. As soon as a player melds his/her last card, or lays off the last card or discards the last card, the game ends. And the player doing this, wins the game.

Now you know How to Play Rummy. Play with your friends and family and enjoy.

Thank you.

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