Rules of Rummy

Rummy is basically a card game in which you try to improve the hand that you have dealt with originally. There are two ways to do this. Whenever it is your turn to play you can either draw a card from the pile and exchange it with a card you already have or you can pick up the card discarded by the person who played before you in exchange for a card you already have.

Rummy is played with 2 or more players. If the number of players crosses 5 you would need 2 decks of cards instead of one.

Are You a Beginner? Here Are The Rummy Game Rules For You.

The main thing of this game is to create combinations with your cards. There are two types of combinations that can be made and this process is called melding.

Sets: You can put 3 or 4 cards of the same rank together to make a set. For example 7 of spades, 7 of hearts and 7 of clubs make a set of 3. Same goes for King of hearts, King of spades and King of diamonds. But at the same time, 2 King of Hearts and one King of Diamond won't make a set because you can only use a card one time in a set.

Runs: You can create a run out of consecutive cards of the same suit. For example, 1, 2, 3 and 4 of diamond makes a run. Also, 10, Jack, Queen and King of hearts will also make a run. The only condition to make a run, therefore, is the cards have to be consecutive and of the same suit.

The player who manages to create combinations out of all the cards except one (Which should be discarded) wins the game. That is the rules for winning in rummy. It is that simple.

Now, time to move on to dealing cards and rules while playing.

When playing rummy, the number of cards in a hand are determined taking into account the number of players playing. Two, Three or Four players means a hand of ten cards each is dealt. Five players mean six cards for every player. More than that you would need to use another deck of cards and seven cards are dealt with each player.

Once the hands are dealt the rest of the cards placed upside down as the stock. The top card is picked and placed separately showing its face. The game starts with the person who goes first either picking up the showing its face if he wants it or the picking up the next card from the stock. If he wants the card, he can keep it and discard one from his hand. But if he doesn't he can throw it into the pile. Now it's the turn of the next player. He either picks up the card discarded by the previous player or picks a fresh one from the stock. This process goes on and on until one of the players manages to meld all the cards into combinations.

Follow the Above Rules and You Are Good To Go.

That's all there is to the basic rules of Rummy. There will be slight variations according to the type of Rummy you play which you'll learn more about as you delve more into the world of Rummy