Rummy and the game numerous variations
03/10/2010

Rummy is a skill game that requires mental alertness along with a firm grip on strategy and tactics of this game.

Online PR News – 10-March-2010 – – Nicosia, Cyprus. January 10, 2010 – Rummy is a game that has been a part of our society for more than 200 years. Contrary to popular belief, rummy is the name of a bunch of card games which share common game play. In all the variations of games, the structure of Rummy includes melding of cards, dropping and drawing cards in turns.

Rummy is one of the most popular family games and has a wide range of variations like American Gin Rummy, Rummikub and the Chinese variation called Mahjong. As a result, Rummy is one of the very few card games which have been enjoying huge popularity all around the world for many years (e.g. in France the game called rami). The numerous variants provide a lot of variety to the players and they can choose the one they like to play.

Rummy is a skill game that requires mental alertness along with a firm grip on strategy and tactics of this game. Most variants of Rummy are 2 to 4 player game, in which players take turns to draw and discard cards and every turn includes 3 turns. Even though most variations of Rummy are played with a deck of 52 cards, some variants also use 106 cards (take a look at Kalooki). The goal in all of the variants of Rummy is the same and that is, to meld all the cards in one’s hand before all the other players.
Each player is given equal number of cards and the game starts when the first player draws a card from the pile of remaining cards on the table. In some variants, the player can also draw a card from the discard pile. The detailed information about discard pile is given below. This rule is common in all variants of Rummy with minor changes in some of them.

It is not necessary for the players to make the second move and it depends on the cards or tiles in a player’s hand. This move is known as melding cards/tiles in set or runs or both. A sequence of cards or a meld is of two types i.e. runs and sets. A Set is a sequence of three or four cards with different suits but same rank. A run, on the other hand is a sequence of 3 or more cars with consecutive cards with same suit. Each variant has a different rule regarding this movie. In some variants the players can lay down their melds on the table gradually, while in some variants they have to do show them all together.

The next move is discarding. The turn of a player is not completed without him discarding one card or tile from his hand and throwing it in the discard pile. Most rummy variants have just one discard pile and the players are allowed to pick up the last card that was discarded by his or her opponent, as per the rules of the game. The player can choose to pick the card from the discard pile or draw one from the stock pile. This choice depends on whether the player needs the card to complete his meld.

In most variants of Rummy, the player who melds all of his cards before others wins and the game ends there. The player has to discard the last remaining card on the table to announce that he has won the game.

Different movies and points structure in different variants of Rummy provide something new to the player, even though the scoring is quite similar in all variants of Rummy.