How to Play Online Rummy Card Game?

Rummy is a card game that is played with two decks of cards with a total of two Jokers, the most common variant is Indian Rummy. To win the rummy game a player must make a valid declaration by picking and discarding cards from the two piles given. One pile is a closed deck, where a player is unable to see the card that he is picking, while the other is an open deck that is formed by the cards discarded by the players. To win in a rummy online card game, the players have to group cards in valid sequences and sets.

Steps of playing Online Rummy:

Players & Deck -Rummy is played between 2 to 5 players and each player is dealt 13 cards. For 2 or 4 players, two 52-card decks (104 cards) and 4 jokers (wild cards) are used. For 5 players, three decks (156 cards) and 6 jokers are used. Each player turn by turn (in clockwise order) deals the cards.

  • A random toss by the online system decides which player gets the first move.
  • Each player is dealt 13 cards face down. The next card from the deck is placed face up on the table; this starts the discard pile/open deck.
  • Rest of the cards are placed face down in the centre of the table; this is the stock pile/closed deck.
  • Then a card is picked from the stockpile and placed face up under the stockpile so that it is visible. All the cards of that rank regardless of the suit can be utilized as additional jokers or wild cards.
  • The objective of the Game. The object is to form Runs (or sequences) and Sets. And when a player has formed required runs and sets using all the 13 cards, the player declares his/her turn. A valid declaration must have minimum two runs and out of these runs one run must be pure. The second run can be pure or non-pure. Either the Pure or Non-Pure must have 4 or more cards. Once the objective is met the player can thereafter declare by clicking on the “Declare” button.
  • Once a valid declaration is made, the rest of players on the table must form and declare the valid sets and sequences. For these players all the unmatched cards are counted. Every player must meet the requirements of minimum two runs else all the 13 cards are treated as unmatched and are counted. When all the 13 cards are unmatched, the player loses 80 points.
  • Dropping from the game. If you drop from the game without picking even a single card from the discard pile or stockpile, you lose 10 points. If you drop in between a hand, before any other player has done a valid declaration, you lose 30 points.
  • After the points of all the players are calculated, the winner takes home the prize money.
  • Some Rules to remember. A sequence can also use a joker (wild card) as a substitute for any missing card. Such a sequence is a non-pure sequence. You can use only one joker in a non-pure sequence.
  • A set consists of 3 or 4 cards of the same rank but of different suits. or 2 (or 3) such cards and a joker.
  • After each loss point is calculated for all players, the winner takes home the prize money.
  • Three cards of the same rank and same suit (except printed jokers) are treated as pure sequence.
  • All the unused jokers can be placed separately while declaring and hold 0 points.

FAQs on Playing Online Rummy

What is Joker in Rummy?

A Joker is a random card and can be used instead of any card in Rummy

How to Declare in Rummy?

After arranging the cards in sequence one can declare in Rummy

How many jokers are there in Rummy?

In addition to the standard jokers in the deck, one player selects a card out of the stock. It is called a wild card joker. There are a total of 5 Joker cards, of which 4 Jokers can be used by players in the game. One Joker lies turned up cross under the closed deck so that all players can see it.

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