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Traditional Rummy

Traditional Rummy is considered to be one of the most popular rummy card games of all times. It is quite an old game and is estimated to be played for over 200 hundred years. It is said that every card game lover has played Rummy at least once in his life, and this actually subjects a lot of people all over the world.

It is basically a draw & discard card game that can be played between 2 to 6 players. It is one of the easiest card games to learn and understand and that is what makes it so popular. Traditional Rummy, as the name suggests, is the same old traditional game with simple rules and is played by people of all ages. You will find a lot of casinos, clubs and gatherings in India where Rummy forms the main event. A lot of people often go to these clubs with the sole objective of playing rummy. The fun and excitement involved in this game remains unmatched even after rise of several other forms of rummy and online rummy games as well. Once grasped, you will find it easy to bet and win handsome fortune.

How to Play Traditional Rummy

Playing Traditional Rummy is very simple as you only need to match the cards in your hand with the remaining ones in the stack. 2 to 6 people can play this game together using a standard playing card deck, and the one who first forms a set of similar or sequential cards wins. An extra deck is required depending upon the number of players.

After dealer has dealt 10 cards each to the players, everyone gets in action in a clockwise turn to draw a card from pile and discard one from the hand to the table. Only objective of doing so is to make winning combination of cards as per few prescribed rules.

Traditional Rummy Rules & Strategy

The traditional Rummy rules are dead easy to be understood in minutes and head for the game straightaway. The first and foremost thing that one has to understand while playing Traditional Rummy is that the cards in each suit rank low to high in the order: Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen and King. Ace can be used as 1 or a face card when forming the sets.

All strategy of matching and discarding the cards leads to from a good meld which means

  • If a player has three cards of the same suit in a sequence (called a sequence or a run), they may meld by laying these cards, face up, in front of them.

  • Or, if a player has at least three cards of the same value, they may meld a group (also called a set or a book).

A player may also choose to "lay off" some cards on an existing meld. This means adding cards from your hand to the melds placed on table previously by you or the other players. Although there is no limit to the number of cards you can lay off but the cards added must form a legitimate meld.

How to win

As mentioned earlier, to win in Traditional Rummy, all you need to do is getting rid of your cards and forms Sets and Runs. Sets are basically a set of similar cards. For instance, a set of three aces or jack. You must have at least three cards to make a set. On the other hand, Run is a set of 3 or more adjacent cards of the same suit. 3, 4, 5 of spades can be kept as runs if they all are with you. A point to be remembered is that you should have a minimum of 3 cards in your runs. If you get rid of all your cards in one go and meld, you will be throwing extra 25 penalty points on your opponents.