How to Play 13 Card Rummy Online
Playing Rummy online is a fun experience; even if it is your first time and you do not know anything about the game rummy. It could be that you are familiar with the Rummy game, but have never played online rummy. Hence don't hesitate to play Online Rummy even if it’s your first time. We will provide you with all the information that you will need to enable you to play an online Rummy game. Once you've read the basic rules mentioned here, you will no more be a stranger to online Rummy. And soon you will be playing and winning rummy tournaments!!
A Rummy game can commence with minimum two players. In an Online Rummy game the tables are designed to seat either two or three or four players. More tables can be formed at any time by clicking on the next room tab on the right hand.
While playing Online Rummy games, the number of card decks are dependent on the number of players, playing Rummy at that time.
If 2 players are playing on one table then two decks of cards are used. If three to four players are playing online rummy on one table then also 2 decks of cards are being used. However if more than four players – five to six players are playing the rummy game then three decks of cards are used to play the game.
Each deck of cards is a regular pack of 52 cards with two face jokers which are traditionally a part of the deck of cards.
How do begin the game ?At the beginning of each Rummy game, each member playing the online rummy game, receives thirteen cards .The undealt or balance cards from that pack can be seen face down on the table. This is called the closed deck. On the table, in the centre, one card can be seen face up on the table. This is the first card available to the first player and this also forms the Discard pile, wherein the discarded cards of all the players on the table, are kept.
OBJECTIVE OF THE GAME
The objective of 13 card rummy game is to arrange all the cards in your hands to form at least two sequences, one of which has to be a pure sequence. The remaining cards can be arranged into valid sets or sequences.
To play rummy, be it traditional or online, one should know the validation rules. Please find below the list of validation rules in rummy:
- Out of 13 cards in hand, you need to form at least one pure sequence. It is a sequence of cards of the same suit. A Pure Sequence cannot use a Joker card. (However, a Joker can sometimes be used in a pure sequence if it is not substituted as any other card)
- Out of 13 cards in hand, you need to have another sequence, pure or impure. An impure has to have cards of the same suit, but is allowed to have jokers.
- Remaining cards can be arranged into valid sets or sequences. They can either be a pure or an impure sequence or a set of the same face value cards. In the below example, 8 of spade is the cut joker.
As explained earlier the following is not permitted in a Rummy game.
The above set is not allowed in Rummy Game.
After distributing 13 cards to each player, at the start of the play, the next card from the deck is opened up, which becomes the joker for the game. The rest of the deck is positioned face down and becomes the common stack of cards or the Closed deck.
All cards of the same rank as that of Joker's, in any suit, are also considered jokers. These are referred as Cut Joker. A joker card in rummy game can be used as substitute for any card to form a set, except Pure Sequence.
Number of Cut Joker. per deck is 4.
There are also two Paper Jokers in each deck of rummy. These have the image of a joker drawn on them. They don't have any face value, but like a declared joker, they can also be used as a substitute for any card, to form a set.
Now we are all set to begin playing the rummy game. Playing rummy game is very simple. Each player, when their turn comes, has to first arrange their cards and then the player begins by drawing a card. The player has the option to either draw the top most card from the closed deck or the last card that has been discarded by the previous player -from the Discarded Pile. When a player is the first one to begin the game, then the player in the rummy game has the option to pick the card on the discarded pile.
After having picked a card either from the discarded pile or the closed deck the player temporarily has 14 cards . He is then required to arrange his cards and then choose to discard one card from the cards in his hand .This can be done by clicking on the chosen card and then clicking on the discard tab . The discarded card is then available for the next player and can be seen by all the players seated on the table.
Then it is the turn of the next player.
The game progresses in a similar manner until any of the players completely arrange his cards and declare.
In the online rummy game, the player who has declared has to meld his cards, first. After his melded cards have been validated and proved correct, then the other players are required to meld their cards. The points for other players are calculated on the basis of how many cards have been made into relevant sets and then the balance cards which have not been made into sets are counted as points for that particular game.
In the Rummy game, for each player one set of a Pure Sequence is compulsory.
Another set of a straight sequence with or without a Joker is also necessary in the game.
Both the above sequences are mandatory for each player. Only after these are made, can a player make sets of the same face value.
The other two sets could be sequence or cards of the same face value.
Any player who has been able to club all the thirteen cards into correct sets, then the player is eligible to Declare in the game.
After the player has selected the card with which he wants to declare and then clicked on the declare tab , the player needs to Meld the cards, that is put the 13 cards as per the logical sets made by the player and then send them for Validation.
The player has limited time to meld the cards and the same can be seen on the meld box, on the screen.
The player, who declares, wins the game, if his cards are deemed to be correctly valid according to the validation rules.
If the melded sets do not comply with the validation criteria the player is awarded 80 points penalty for invalid declare.
If the declare is deemed valid, then the player is awarded 0 points The other players on the table, who are playing that particular rummy game also meld their cards . the cards are validated and the points of all other players are calculated as per the rummy points system.These points are deducted from their pool of money. The winner is declared after each rummy game and the person with the lowest points on the cards wins that particular game and the total of all points of all other players, playing that particular game are added to the winners pool of points.
When a player declares, the remaining rummy players also need to select their combination of sets so that a winner is chosen.
The person with the lowest points after the declare wins that Rummy game
In Rummy, all the players get points according to their melded hands. If a player has 2 correct & 2 incorrect hands, then he will get 0 points each for his correct hand while he will get points for his incorrect hands based on the Rummy points system.
At the beginning of each game a player can drop out of the rummy game to save his points. However the drop option is also available to each player, at every turn. This drop in the middle of the game is called the middle drop. If the player opts to drop before they have picked any card, this is called the initial drop.
If a player drops out, he will be allocated some penalty points based on Game variants special rules. The points for initial drop and for middle drop are different
A drop is opted by the player may be a rummy strategy in case the cards are particularly bad for a rummy player. Or if the player feels that his opponents have better cards.
Now we all know the basic rules of online Rummy, and we are totally equipped to play the rummy game.