Rummy is one of the most traditional and popular forms of playing cards all around the world. It is played with a set of two decks of cards and is similar to matching cards of the same suit and sequence. The objective of this game is to form melds which can be either sets or runs. The rank of cards in rummy are:

  • King (Highest)
  • Queen
  • Jack
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • Ace

*Ace, Jack, Queen and King each have 10 points while other cards are equal to their face value.

Rummy game

Basics Rummy Card game

The only way to win a rummy game is to arrange the 13 cards in a valid Sequence and set. For winning a game, you need to make at least two Sequences which must have one pure Sequence and the other should be a valid Sequence or set. In short, to win, you must form a valid pure sequence.

Forming Sequence

First and foremost to play rummy, players need to form Sequence and there are two types of Sequence: Pure and Impure Sequence. It is essential to win this game that you must have minimum one pure Sequence in hand. Let's see how pure and impure Sequences are formed.

  • Pure Sequence - Pure Sequence is called when a player has three or more same suit's consecutive cards in consecutive order.

*Pure Sequence can't be formed using any joker or wild card.

  • Impure Sequence- Impure Sequence is the same as pure Sequence but with one or more joker being included.

Forming Sets

Set is a common concept in every card game. Basically a set is a group of at least 3 cards with different suits but the same value. Interestingly, you can use wild cards and jokers in forming sets.

How to Play Rummy Card Game

Rummy is a simple game with quite easy rules which is one of the main reasons behind its popularity. Let's see how to play Rummy.

  • Games can be played between minimum 2 and maximum 4 players with 2 decks of cards.
  • Each player holds 13 cards with a random card chosen as wild joker or joker card.
  • Players need to draw and discard cards to form valid sets of sequences from the 13 holding cards.
  • Out of 13 cards, the player needs to use a joker or wild card to form an impure sequence.
  • According to Indian Rummy rules, a player will be declared winner if he forms valid two sequences with one pure sequence.

We found an in detailed guide on how to play rummy game, that will help in winning on rummy online.


What Is Joker and Wild Card?

Joker or Wild card are the cards which are presented in a Rummy deck with a printed joker on card. Joker card is necessary in forming an impure sequence to win a Rummy game.

What is a drop?

Drop means when a player leaves the Rummy game in the middle or start of the game. When a player leaves in the start then he loses 20 points and when he leaves in the middle then he loses 40 points.

Can a Rummy Card game be played online?

Yes, websites like Rummy circle offer services to players to play online against other players.

How many players can play Rummy?

2-4 players.

Could 5 players also play Rummy?

Yes, but in that case the number decks will be 3.

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