Rummy in India is a faint reminder of social gatherings, of friends and family, the joy of winning and the pain of losing and much more ̶ to Indians it is much more than just a game. Playing rummy is a tradition that we cannot ignore.
It is an enjoyable game of skill that can be played by people of all ages and often in a group. It is known to be able to bridge the gap between generations and even work as an ice breaker in different situations.
The advent of technology has made rummy available to people anytime, anywhere. The mobile revolution has made it easy for people to connect and have some fun time together. And IndiaPlays is the newest entrant in the rummy gaming arena of the country, offering rewards like never before.
The 13-card rummy is an interesting rummy game that is played on online rummy sites today. Popular with card game lovers, the 13-card rummy is a great way to earn real money on IndiaPlays. Here are the rules of the game and more information to help your gameplay. It involves dealing 13 cards to the players on the rummy table. With each player, aiming to make the least number of points at the end of each round to win the game.
The objective of the game of 13-card rummy is to arrange the cards in the hand into sets, sequences and pure sequences before an opponent does so.
The Joker card can be the difference between winning or losing the game. Use it sparingly and don’t wait too long to use it.
To better understand the game, here’s a look at the terminology, you must be familiar with:
An impure sequence is made when three or more cards of the same suit are arranged with a joker or a wild card. It may also be called an ‘impure run’.
A pure sequence can be created with three or more cards of the same suit. For example, 5,6,7 of hearts. A pure sequence is necessary to win a round. It may also be called a ‘pure run’.
A set is when there are at least three cards of the same number across different suits. For example, ace of spades, hearts and diamonds would make a set.
A joker or a wild card can be used as any card (any number, any suit) to complete an impure sequence or a set.
High cards are cards with a lot of points, like the face cards. Low cards are cards that are less risky to have in your hand, like 2,3,4.
The ‘deck’ is a name given to the pack of cards used for dealing. A deck can be open or closed. The open deck is a term used for visible cards and a closed deck is the term used for face-down cards.
There is a ‘discard pile’ and a ‘draw pile’. The ‘discard pile’ consists of the cards discarded by the players, with only the top one available to pick. The ‘draw pile’ means the deck of closed cards from which the players can draw a card.
Once a player declares rummy, meaning that once a player has arranged their cards in valid sets and sequences with at least one pure sequence, the unmatched cards (not in a sequence or set) are known as ‘deadwood’.
This is a collective term used for ‘Spades, Diamonds, Clubs and Hearts’.
Did you know there are variants to 13-card rummy? Here are some rummy variants that are played with minor changes to the rules of the popular game:
An interesting rummy variant which generally has an entry fee, in the pool rummy, there is a pre-decided ceiling of points. Whichever player accumulates that many points, loses the game. The one with the lowest points in hand wins.
Like poker, this rummy variant is played with chips. Each chip is one point. Every player gets an equal number of chips at the start of the game. There are a set number of deals in this kind of rummy. At the end of each deal, the winner gets the chips of the losing players. The player with the highest number of chips wins.
A popular variant and very similar to 13-card rummy, the only difference in this variant is that each point has a monetary value. The winner gets the total of all the points collected by the losing players and the corresponding monetary value.