13 Card Rummy is played by 2 to 6 players. For 2 players a standard deck of 52 cards is selected and for 6 players two decks of 52 cards are combined. To win, players must form sets or sequences (with at least one pure and one impure sequence).
21 Card Rummy
The 21-Card Rummy is a variant of the Indian Rummy game played with 21 cards. In this game, the objective is to form three sequences, out of which two must be pure sequences. The remaining cards can be used to form sets.
There are four Aces (A♠️, A♥️, A♦️, A♣️) in a standard deck of 52 cards and can be used to form either a low-value (A♥️, 2♥️, 3♥️) or a high-value sequence (A♣️, K♣️, Q♣️).
Best of Three
Used in Deals Rummy where three deals are played and the player with the highest number of chips at the end of the three rounds is the winner.
Also known as the entry fee, it is the amount required to join a cash tournament.
Rummy Cash Games
Games which players play for real cash. The player who wins takes home real money.
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Chips are virtual money used for playing Rummy. At KickRummy, every player gets 10,000 practice chips for free to play Practice games and sharpen their skills. Chips are used to play practice games on KickRummy. You get free chips when you register on KickRummy and you can reload chips when you run out of them
After the cards have been dealt to players, the remaining face-down cards is the closed deck. Players pick cards from the closed deck and it’s reshuffled when all the cards from the closed deck are picked up.
Cards that don’t form any valid combinations (2♥️, 5♣️, J♥️) and are not part of a meld.
The player who distributes the cards to all other players at the start of a round. All players pick a card from the deck and the one with the lowest/highest card (depending on the house rules) becomes the dealer.
The distribution of cards by the dealer to each player at the start of each round.
Deals Rummy is a variant of rummy played between 2 to 6 players with one or two standard decks of cards (depending on the players at the table). The game is played for a number of predetermined deals (also called rounds) and the player who has the highest score at the end of the deal/rounds wins the entire prize pool.
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A pack of playing cards. A standard deck has 52 cards - four suits (♠️, ♥️, ♦️, ♣️) of thirteen cards each and two printed Jokers. The 13 cards are 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K and A.
Declaring means that a player has completed the objective of the Rummy game and lays out his/her cards for other players to verify if the combinations are as per the rules of the game.
During every player’s turn, they have to pick up a card, either from the closed or open deck, and then throw away (discard) a card face-up in the open deck.
Discard Pile (Open Deck)
After the cards have been dealt to players, one card from the remaining cards is placed face up on the table and forms the discard pile/open deck. After a player picks up a card, he/she has to then throw away a card face-up in the open deck. The next player can either pick a card from the closed deck or the top card from the discard pile.
Picking one card from the closed deck or the top card from the open deck.
A player quitting the game before the game has finished. Players are penalised for dropping out depending on the game they are playing.
A card that has the face of a member of the royal court printed on it. These cards are Jack, Queen and Kings (of all suits). Contrary to popular belief, the Ace (A) is not a face card since it has no face printed on it.
Quitting the game before or during the very first move without picking a card.
Maximum possible points that can be scored by a player in a game (irrespective of the total value of cards in their hand).
Gin Rummy is one of the most popular Rummy games and the most widely-played two-player card game played all across the world. Played with a standard deck of cards, each player is dealt 10 cards. Aces are scored at one point (so, AKQ is not a valid sequence), face cards are 10 points, and numbered cards have their numerical/face values. Stu ‘The Kid’ Ungar is considered by everyone to be the greatest gin rummy player of all time.
The cards are dealt to a player at the start of the game. Players have to arrange their hands to form melds to finish the game.
A sequence of same-suited consecutive cards formed with a Joker/wild joker (7♠️, 8♠️, Joker).
Forming a group of three or more cards into a valid sequence (7♠️, 8♠️, 9♠️) or a set (6♠️, 6♥️, 6♦️).
Quitting a game any time after the first turn. If a player misses three consecutive turns, they will be automatically dropped out of the game.
Another version of Indian Rummy - is considered a mix of Gin Rummy and Rummy 500.
Every card in a standard deck of cards is assigned a certain value. All the numbered cards (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) have the same point value as the numbers on them while Jack (J), Queen (Q), King (K) and Ace (A) are assigned 10 points each. A losing player’s points is tallied by adding the points of their unmatched cards.
Points Rummy is a variant of rummy played between 2 to 6 players who play for points after pre-deciding the rupee value. The game is played with two standard decks of cards with jokers and the goal is to make two sequences where one pure sequence is mandatory. The remaining cards can be a combination of sequences/sets. The game ends when a player makes a valid declaration and gets a score of zero. The scores of other players are calculated based on the number of unmatched cards.
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Pool Rummy is a variant of rummy which is played between 2 to 6 players with one or two standard decks of cards (depending on the players at the table) and a pre-decided points tally (101 or 201 Rummy). Players who reach the tally get eliminated and the player with the lowest score is declared the winner. The player who makes a valid declaration gets zero points while the scores of other players are calculated based on the number of unmatched cards.
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101 Pool Rummy
101 Pool Rummy is a variant of Pool Rummy, 101 Pool is played for 101 points and the player(s) who make 101 points or more get eliminated. The player with the lowest score at the end of the game wins. The scores of other players are calculated based on the number of unmatched cards. If a player drops without picking up a card, they will be penalised 20 points. If a player drops after picking up at least one card, they will be penalised 40 points. And, players who make an invalid declaration or are unable to make a pure sequence are penalised 80 points.
201 Pool Rummy
201 Pool Rummy is a variant of Pool Rummy. 201 Pool is played for a points tally of 201 points. Players who reach 201 points get eliminated and the player with the lowest score at the end of the game wins. If a player drops without picking up a card, they will be penalised 25 points. If a player drops after picking up at least one card, they will be penalised 50 points. And, players who make an invalid declaration or are unable to make a pure sequence are penalised 80 points.
In a standard deck, there are 52 cards and two Joker cards. The Joker card, also called the “Trump card”, can be used to replace any card to form an impure sequence or a set. Joker cards cannot be used to form pure sequences.
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A sequence of consecutive cards of the same suit (7♠️, 8♠️, 9♠️). Joker/wild Joker cannot be used to make a pure sequence.
Multiplayer rummy games are played against multi-players on multi tables where the players with the highest number of chips move forward to the next round. To register for a rummy tournament, players need to pay an entry fee (buy-in). If the entry fee is 0, it is called a freeroll tournament (free entry).
A combination of three or more cards of the same value but of different suits (6♠️, 6♥️, 6♦️). A Joker/Wild Joker can be used to make a set (6♠️, 6♥️, Joker).
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A combination of three or more cards of the same suit. Sequences can be either pure (7♠️, 8♠️, 9♠️) or impure (7♠️, 8♠️, Joker).
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The act of intermixing cards ensures the randomness of the cards. In offline games, shuffling is almost always followed by cutting the cards (splitting the deck into two by lifting one packet and placing it face down while the other packet is put on top of it) to further decrease the chances of the dealer having manipulated the cards.
Arranging or grouping cards to help form sequences/sets. While playing at KickRummy, press the “Sort” button and all your cards will be grouped properly.
A standard deck of cards has 52 cards which are divided into 13 cards of four different ‘suits’ - spades ♠️, hearts ♥️, diamonds ♦️ and clubs ♣️.
A table (real or virtual) where a game of rummy is played. Depending on the rules of the rummy variant, two to six players can play at a given table.
After the dealer has dealt 13 cards each to all the players, one card is selected from the deck randomly as the wild Joker which can be used to form an impure set/sequence by replacing any card