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Basics of playing Indian Rummy

Indian Rummy or 13 Card Rummy game can be played by a minimum of two players and a maximum of six players. Each player has to draw a card either from an open card deck or the closed card deck, and discard one card to the open deck. A player is unable to see the cards in a closed deck, while the open deck that is formed by the discarded cards is visible to the players. To win a rummy game, the player has to form one pure sequence, one impure sequence and sets.

Common Rummy Terminologies you must know


It is the place where you play rummy. Every rummy table can sit two to six players in a game

Deck of cards:

A single deck of cards has 52 cards and a printed joker. These cards are divided into 4 sets of 13 cards from 2 to 10 and face value cards like A, K, Q, J in 4 different suits. There are 4 suits in a deck – Clubs, Hearts, Spades & Diamonds.


Sorting of cards are done at the start of each game. Sorting is arranging your cards in a manner that it helps you form your sets and sequences and avoiding the mixing of cards. Once you get your cards, hit the Sort button and start playing.

Points in rummy:

In rummy, Ace, Jack, Queen and King each has 10 points. The remaining cards have a value equal to their face value. This is how the cards rank in ascending orders – Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen and King.

Joker and Wild Card:

There is one printed joker in every deck. Once the cards are distributed amongst the players, a wild card is selected at random. Both joker and wild card serves the same purpose. A joker/wildcard is used to replace the desired card to form a set or impure sequence. In case the open joker is the printed joker, then all Aces are considered as wild card jokers. All these cards count to zero points at the end of the game. So, the more number of such cards you get the better it is.


You can choose to drop a game at any point of time. You are charged a Penalty every time you drop. Players who drop out at the beginning of the game, also known as First Drop, will get 20 points. Those players who make a Middle Drop or choose to leave the game before the game show is called by any player will get 40 points. Any player who does not meld any cards when a show is called and instead opts to leave the game gets 80 points, this is known as a Full Count.


A sequence is a group of 3 or more cards of the same suit arranged in a consecutive order.

Pure Sequence:

Any sequence without a joker becomes a pure sequence. Remember if a wild card joker sits in a proper sequence of the same suit it will be a pure sequence.

Impure Sequence:

A sequence with one or more Joker card is called an Impure sequence.


A set is a group of 3 or 4 cards of different suits but of the same value. One can use any kind of joker (wild or printed) to replace any card in the set.
To declare a win for the deal,
One Pure Life (Straight sequence without any Joker) – Compulsory, or else you get full count
One more Life with/without Joker – Compulsory
All other cards must be arranged in sets or sequences

Winning a Deal:

A deal is won when the player arranges all the cards with the below mentioned criteria
Criteria 1- One pure sequence
Criteria 2- Another pure or impure sequence
Criteria 3- All the remaining cards should be part of sets or sequences
These criteria must be met in order. For example, if all the cards are arranged in sets or sequences but there is no pure sequence in the hand, it would be an invalid declaration
These criteria must be met in order. For example, if all the cards are arranged in sets or sequences but there is no pure sequence in the hand, it would be an invalid declaration
If all the above are satisfied, the player can declare by putting the extra card in the finish slot

How to play pool rummy?

  • Each game lasts for 1 deal only.
  • Each game of points rummy has a predetermined point value associated with it. The amount of money deducted at the end of the game will be equal to Number of points scored*Point value. For example- If you lose a points game of Point value Rs 0.1 by 20 points, you will lose 0.1*20= Rs 2.
  • The sum of all the money lost by the other players goes to the winner (after P52 fee is deducted)
  • At the end of each game, the winner wins cash as follows: Winnings =(Entry Fee) X (Number of Players) – fees.

How to play 101 and 201 Pool Rummy?

  • In 101 Rummy, players use all the cards from the Ace to the King, along with all 4 suites of the deck. Players play with the printed joker in this variant. With this game, you need to make sure that the other players score points more than 101. A player will get eliminated if he/she reaches 101 points.
  • In 201 Rummy, players use the same cards as in 101 rummy, however, they need to ensure that the other players score points above 201, while still ensuring that their points are below 201 to win.
  • At the end of each game, the winner wins cash as follows: Winnings =(Entry Fee) X (Number of Players) – fees.

How to play Deals Rummy?

  • Number of chips is based on the number of deals you play. If two players are playing for 2 deals, then the number of maximum points which is 80 is multiplied with 2. Hence, 160 chips are given to each of the two players at the start of the game.
  • At the end of every deal, the winner gets all chips from the losing players which is decided as per players’ scores. Once all deals are over, players are allotted ranks based on their chip count. The player with the highest number of chip count gets the highest rank. In case of a tie between players, the players with equal chip count must play a tiebreaker game to decide who the winner is.
  • You can’t drop a deal in 2 player games. A player is dropped automatically from the game If he/she misses 3 consecutive turns. The score will be equal to the hand score, but capped at 80 points.
Updated: December 31, 2020 — 6:38 pm

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