Rummy is an exciting group of card games famous for the classic game play based on matching pairs of cards of the same suit or rank and the same category. The objective in any type of rummy is to construct melds that are of equal rank, sequence and also of same suit. Players can also play pure rummy games by placing the cards face down and not revealing them until the last round. Players can also pit their wits against each other in the ‘rummies’ tournament.
In rummy, players start by choosing a number of ‘ace’ cards that need to be laid out face up on the playing area in a way that they are visible to all players but concealed from the dealer. These cards will have a basic shape like an ace, king, queen, king and joker. The player will also receive five ‘bails’ before they may reveal their cards. The five bails match the numbers of faces on the aces in the deck.
During the first round of betting, players may call for a rummy session, in which the dealer will lay down the cards and ask the players to guess what these cards are. Players are to answer correctly without seeing the cards laid out so that the dealer can lay out the second round of betting. If any player guesses incorrectly, they will be out. The player who gets the correct answer wins the game.
There are many variations of this card games including American rummy, UK rummy and Italian rummy. Variation includes the use of three decks instead of two, different jokers for each player and a deck that cannot contain all the cards. All of these different types of rummy exist in Rummy rules. For the purposes of discussion, only American and Italian are the two most common variations.
In the standard version of the card game of rummy, the last person standing wins. However, there is another version of the rummy game in which the last remaining card holder is the meld. The meld must then either complete the regular pattern of a regular card or create a pattern that is irregular. If it creates a regular pattern, then the person that completes the regular pattern wins, while an irregular pattern gives someone that completes it the win.
There are a number of rules that may vary with the specific rummy variation. When a person wins, they take all the money in their hand. If no money remains in the pot, the last remaining player goes into the final card phase and the pot becomes the new winning amount. Once the last player goes into the final card phase, everyone else (including the melding player) piles up the cards on their piles face down, starting from the lowest card on the right. Anyone that has already laid out their cards will place their card on top of their hand and stop playing once all the cards have been played.