Rummy Game Variants

Rummy is one of the popular games of the world after Poker. There are no specific rules to play this game as different countries follow different rules. With difference in game rules, there are different names or more precisely different variants of this game which often create confusion. To ward off your confusion among different variants of Rummy, we are discussing some of the ones such as Indian Rummy, Gin Rummy, Indian Marriage Rummy, etc.

Traditional Rummy

Traditional Rummy is considered to be one of the most popular card games of all times. It is quite an old game and is estimated to be played for over 200 hundred years. This discard & draw based Rummy game is played among 2 to 6 players with standard playing cards deck. The players only need to match their hand cards with the remaining ones in the stack. The player who forms the sequence or/and set of similar cards first, wins. More..

Indian Rummy

Indian Rummy is nothing but the game of rummy with few rules moderated by Indians during the course of time. This game as well is played with minimum of 2 and maximum of 6 players but every participating player gets 13 cards to play with. The objective of this game is as well same as all the players have to create good combination of cards to get rid of the unmatched cards. The person, who makes the best combination, is declared as winner. More..

Rummy 500

Another popular variant of Rummy is Rummy 500, which is also known as Persian Rummy, 500 Rum, or pinochle Rummy. The game is played between 2 to 8 players but it is best played with 3, 4, or 5 players. The game starts as soon as each player gets 7 cards and the rest of the cards are kept as ‘stock pile’. The distinct feature of this variant of Rummy 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. More..

Gin Rummy

Gin Rummy is the format of Rummy game that is played between 2 players, but there is no hard and fast rule for it. More players can join the game but that will require more use of the deck. The objective of the game is to get rid of the cards quickly and the player, who does this, wins the game. Initially, each player is dealt 10 cards and the rest of the cards are kept as ‘stock’ pile, however the 21st card is kept face up to start the ‘discard’ pile. More..

Contract Rummy

Contract Rummy is a type of Rummy that deals with a series of rounds. For every round, there is a requirement for a different contract wherein the players need to collect a certain combination of sequences and groups which are then permitted to meld. As the game progresses, the contracts become very demanding on every deal. The game is best played with three to five players and is considered optimum when there are four players in the game play.More..

India Marriage Rummy

Indian marriage too is a kind of Rummy which is played with 3 or more packs of cards. It is also popularly and colloquially referred to as 21-card Rummy. The objective at the end of the game is to remain the player with the maximum number of points even after playing all hands. This Rummy game must be played with three or more 52 cards deck minus the joker or the wild cards. Every player picks one card and the one with the highest number makes the first deal.More..