Let’s go through some basics of the online rummy game before we head to the lobby and start playing.
Number of Players
2 to 6 players usually can play online rummy. One can see the number of players already playing on various tables in the lobby and accordingly join the game. Two decks of cards are used when 2 players are playing on a table. As more players join, additional decks are automatically added in the game by the computer.
What is a deck of card? One standard deck of cards has 52-cards. These cards are categorized into four suits – Hearts, Spades, Diamonds and Clubs of 13 cards each. Every suit has four face cards as in King, Queen, Jack and Ace along with number cards 2 to 10. All face cards hold 10 points in the game. Two printed or face jokers included in the deck which take the count to 54 cards.
The computer chooses the dealer automatically in each game. In a 2-player rummy game, each player alternately is chosen the dealer. However if more than 2 players are playing on a table then the dealer is chosen in a clockwise turn by the computer.
To start the game, every player is dealt with required number of cards (13 or 21) as per the game format. One can see only their own cards face up. Other player’s cards are placed face down on the table and hence not visible to anyone else than the player himself. After the cards have been dealt everyone on the table, the balance cards left in the deck are kept at the center of the table which forms the stock pile or draw pile. The first card from this draw pile is automatically opened and placed face up on the table making it the Cut-Joker in the game.
There is a sort button next to your cards. It is best to sort your cards the moment you receive them so they are grouped suit wise.Now, the first player (left to the dealer) picks a card from the discard pile or from the draw pile and tries to make combination with the cards in his hand. As per the basic rules of rummy you need to discard one card from the total you have in order to maintain same number of card throughout the game. Every player, in that game then, follows the same draw and discard rule in a clockwise turn of action. This way of playing is applicable to almost all available format of rummy including 13 card rummy and 21 card rummy.
While the cards on the discarded pile are visible to the each player seated on that table, the cards in the draw pile are always placed face down and can never be seen, by anyone. In this way the card you pick from the draw pile always remains anonymous and the other players will never come to know, which card you picked up. The card which has been discarded by the players can be seen face up by everyone and can also be seen in the history.
In any form of Rummy game, a player’s sole objective is to make best combinations of cards in form of sets or sequence. To win, one needs to declare first and then meld the cards in hand correctly as per the rules of the Rummy game.
It is important to note that in the 13 cards, it is mandatory to have at least one pure sequence and one impure sequence with a joker. The rest of the 13 cards can be either sequences, pure or impure, or can be sets. These sets should be of minimum 3 cards and maximum of 4 cards. You can use jokers of any kind - cut jokers and printed jokers to form sets and can also use as many jokers as you wish to. The sequence, pure and impure should be of minimum 3 cards and can also be of 4 or 5 cards. A pure or impure sequence should compulsorily comprise of the cards of same suit. Cards of two different suits cannot be used to form a pure sequence or an impure sequence.