13 Card Rummy

13 Cards Rummy is one of the most popular variants of card games played in India. Play this game of skill which is available in pool, points and deals rummy format.


The objective of 13 Cards Rummy game is to meld your cards as below:

  • One pure sequence
  • One impure sequence
  • One pure set
  • Remaining cards in sets or sequences


Players: 2 to 6 players can play 13 Cards Indian rummy together.

Deck: Depending on the number of players, a minimum of 2 standard decks of cards are used. A deck is a pack of 52 playing cards having 2 face jokers.

Joker: There are 2 types of Joker cards in 13 Cards Rummy: 

  • Cut Joker & Printed/ Paper Joker

Drop: During the gameplay, a player can opt to drop out. 

  • Initial Drop: Choosing to drop before making the first move with a penalty of 10 points
  • Middle Drop: Choosing to drop after the first move with a penalty of 30 points
  • If a player loses 3 or more consecutive turns then he or she is automatically dropped from the game and that player is deducted with a middle drop score

Pure Meld: It is a term referred for a pure sequence with no joker.


  • The player whose declaration is correct (the cards are arranged according to the validation rule of Rummy) wins the game
  • If the melded sets and sequences do not fulfil the validation criteria, then the player gets charged with a penalty of 80 points for an invalid declaration

How to play 13 Cards Rummy?

  • The game starts with 13 cards being dealt to each player
  • Draw and Discard cards based on turns
  • The player who fulfils the game objective can declare
  • The player who makes a valid declaration is the winner
  • The penalty points of other players are calculated on the basis of the face value of ungrouped cards.

What if another player declares even before a player got a chance to make his first move/ pick a card?

In such a case, the points deducted from that player’s account are equivalent to ‘Middle Drop’ deduction, i.e, he/she will have to give up a maximum of 30 points to the winner and if his/her points are below 30, then the actual points are deducted.

Visit 13 card rummy rules section to know the game validation rules