Rummy is India’s most popular card game and it is used by groups of family and friends to spend time together having fun. This strategic game takes skill to play and win, but it’s also an activity anyone can learn if they take the time. With close ties to both Gin Rummy and Rummy 500, Indian Rummy should not be hard to figure out, even for beginners.
To play Rummy in India, you need at least two players and at least one full deck of cards. If many people are taking part, you may need to add another deck. Each player starts with 13 cards in his or her hands.
When a player’s turn comes, he draws one card from the top of the deck. If he has what he needs for a run, he will lay those down before discarding. To discard, players take their least valuable card and put it in a pile next to the deck. Once there is a discard pile, players can draw a card from either the deck or the top of the discard deck at the start of their turn.
If a player has at least three cards in sequential order or three cards of the same suit, they can bundle these together as “sets”. An ace of spades, queen of hearts and king of diamonds would be a set, as would a four of hearts, four of diamonds and four of clubs. Your ultimate goal is getting a full sequence – two through ace – in a single suit. This rarely happens. However, in order to end the game, or call for “Show” a player must have one Life or Natural sequence made of three or more cards in sequence in the same suit.
Once all of a player’s 13 cards have been played, he or she can win the game. This is done by calling for “Show”. All the players then display their hands and the person with the highest points wins the hand. Games typically go to 101 or 201 points each and usually include several rounds.
Now that you know how to play Rummy in Indian-style, why not try your hand at making some money at the same time? In India, Rummy is considered a game of skill and isn’t tethered by gambling laws. Go to a well-respected Rummy website and start practicing today.