Rummy 500 is another popular form of Rummy card games, which is very much similar to the traditional rummy but has some distinct features in gameplay. It is popularly known as Persian Rummy all over the world. People often call it 500 Rum or pinochle rummy as well. It is played just like the other rummy, but the only difference is in the rules associated with the drawing of the cards. The game is easy to learn and is played all over the world in various casinos, clubs, and has now been included on several online rummy sites too.
One of the distinctive features of Rummy 500 is that each player scores the value of the sets he melds, in addition to the usual points for going out and for cards caught in other player's hands. As the name itself describes, the game is won by the first player to reach a cumulative score of 500 or more over a series of hands.
Two to eight peoples may play Rummy 500, but it is best played with three, four, or five people. The game starts with each player getting 7 cards in their hands. The remaining cards are kept as ‘stock pile’. To continue, players need to pick up a card from the stockpile and shed any card from their hand to the discard pile. In this game you are not restricted to taking only the top card of the discard pile. More than one card can be taken in order to form your meld. The total number of cards in hand should always be 7. Melding is done either by making sets (which are cards of the same rank or face but of different suits) and runs (which are cards of adjacent value of the same suit, i.e. 3, 4, and 5 of clubs). One who compiles the best melds is declared the winner of that particular hand.
The rummy rules of this variant are slightly different from the other variants. In general rummy, one can draw only the top card of the stock pile or discard pile, whereas in rummy 500 one can draw any card from the discard pile, but only the top one from the stock pile. The hand finishes in two ways. If a person gets all his cards melded, or if there is no card in the stockpile to choose from. In both these conditions, the game is stopped and scoring is done to decide the winner. The first player whose score reaches +500 wins the game and collects the money. If two or more players reach 500 on the same hand, the one with the highest score is the winner.
Scoring in Rummy 500 differs from traditional rummy in terms of the point calculation. As soon as the hand gets over, all the players count the total value of their cards. The points of the cards that are melded are what you earn, and the points of the unmolded cards are subtracted from the earned points. The resulting points are then added to the cumulative score of each player. Further hands are played until one or more player’s scores exceed 500.