Rummy rules of the game

Here you will find the Rummy rules and instructions for the popular, but not so simple card game.

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Rummy rules & instructions

Rummy card issuance

At the beginning of each Rummy game, each player receives thirteen cards, the remaining playing cards are placed face down on the stock pile (talon), the top card is turned up and placed next to the talon as the first card of the discard pile. The player to the left of the dealer opens the game. He can decide whether he wants to take the revealed card or prefer to draw a new card from the supply pile. Regardless of which variant he chooses – in return he must place a card from his hand face up next to the supply pile.

When the player has taken a card from the talon, he must place his playing card on the one already exposed. The next player can now choose whether to pick up the card that his predecessor has discarded or to draw a face-down card from the stack.

Data & facts

Spielalter‎:ab 12 Jahren
Spieldauer:ca. 10-30 Min.
Spieleranzahl‎:2-4 Spieler
Kartenblatt‎: 2 Kartenspiele zu je 52 Blatt
Varianten:101 Rum, Canasta,  Deutsches Rommé (mit Auslegen), Gin Rummy, Okey, Poker Rummy, Rami, Räuber-Rommé, Phase Rummy 2

At rummy points

If a player has sets or sequences (card figures) in their hand with a combined total of at least 40 points, they may put them down for the first time. Each sequence or each sentence must consist of at least three playing cards. In later moves it is also possible to add individual playing cards to existing card figures (including those of other players). It is also allowed to change existing card figures, to take a playing card here and there and to form new sets or sequences with cards from your own hand.

In this case, however, the sets and sequences must always be retained (i.e. consist of at least three cards – if necessary in the correct sequence), and you are not allowed to take cards from the table for your hand and only play them later.

As long as a player can subsequently play one or more cards, he does not have to draw any from the talon. When the draw pile is used up, you turn the discard pile over and use it as a new stock pile. Alternatively, it is also possible to mix this again beforehand.

Use a joker

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The jokers are universal cards; so they can replace any playing card to form combinations when laying out. Accordingly, the jokers make it easier to create or play cards and are therefore very popular.

Each player who plays a joker must declare which card it is the substitute for. This is especially important if, for example, there is a joker, the queen of diamonds and the queen of hearts. Accordingly, the joker could represent both the queen of spades and the queen of clubs. For example, a player with the queen of spades in hand cannot exchange the joker if the person who discarded the joker has determined that the joker represents the queen of clubs. However, if a player has a queen of clubs in this case, then this may be used and the joker may be taken into hand. The skillful use of the joker cards plays an important role in rummy in order to achieve victory quickly.

Win at rummy

The first player to discard all of his playing cards is the winner. The cards that the other players still hold in their hands are counted as loss points. Each joker counts twenty points, for the others: Two 2, Three 3, Four 4, Five 5, Six 6, Seven 7, Eight 8, Nine 9, Ten 10, Jack 10, Queen 10, King 10, Ace 11 So you shouldn’t necessarily take the risk of holding a Joker in your hand longer than necessary. If a player can lay down all cards at once, then the so-called “hand rummy rule” applies and the points of the playing cards of the other players are counted twice in this case.

End of the game with rummy

The game ends when a player reaches the pre-determined total of points (e.g. 250). The overall winner is whoever has the lowest number of points. Or you agree to play ten rounds and then determine the winner from the total number of points of the individual players. It is of course also possible to start from 0 points and then subtract the point values of the individual players after each round and if a player reaches a certain point total (e.g. -250), the game is over. In this case, the player who has the fewest negative points wins.

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Rules of the game for rummy

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Rummy is a popular and widely used card game. It is also known as rummy. There are also different variants of how this family and parlor game is played for young and old. More Information on different variants and rules can be read here.

Game preparation

First you need two decks of 52 cards each (2 x decks of 52 cards) and six jokers for Rummy: That makes a total of 110 playing cards. A 52-card set consists of 4 x 13 hands, that is the sequence of numbers from Aces to 10 as well as Jack, Queen, King in Hearts, Diamonds, Spades, Clubs. A total of two to six players can take part in rummy; In general, however, the optimal line-up is three to four players.

Goal of Rummy:

This game is about building card figures in order to discard as many cards as quickly as possible. The playing cards are ranked from bottom to top. This means that the aces basically have the lowest count, namely 1, then the two counts 2 points, the three 3, the four 4, the five 5, the six 6, the seven 7, the eight 8, the Nine 9, ten 10 and jack, queen and king 10 points each. – Ace-2-3 is the lowest order and the highest Jack-Queen-King. A joker card can replace any card and then counts as much as the playing card it represents.

In order to lay down the cards, you can now form so-called card figures (sentences or sequences). A set consists of cards of the same value but with different suits (e.g. seven of hearts, seven of spades, seven of diamonds and seven of clubs), while a sequence is a sequence of playing cards of the same color according to their value (e.g. Seven, eight of diamonds, nine of diamonds, ten of diamonds). Accordingly, a set can only consist of a maximum of four playing cards and a sequence can consist of more than four playing cards.

In addition, the interruption of the sequence is not allowed in a sequence, whereby the ace is a special feature: it can be placed as the last playing card behind the king as well as in front of the two. However, the order king, ace, two is not allowed; In addition, it should be noted that the use of the As card is rated as one with only one point, otherwise you can count 11 points.

Rummy Tips:

You don’t always have to play out possible sentences and sequences immediately. Finally, this offers the other players the opportunity to lay out their playing cards. On the other hand, one shouldn’t hold back card figures for too long, as a player could end the game at any time. All points that are still in hand are counted and influence the rank.

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Rummy rules explained in the video


The popular card game rummy became known in America at the beginning of the 20th century. It became increasingly popular, especially in Hollywood film studios. After all, the fast-paced card game was an ideal pastime during the frequent breaks in filming.

Rummy variants

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There are a number of other rules and variants for rummy, so you should agree on which one you want to follow before playing:

  • The minimum number of points for the first drop can be changed from 40 to 50 or 20 points.
  • An ace is always valued with 11 points, regardless of whether it is placed before the two or after the king.
  • It can be determined that the order “King, Ace, Two, …” may be played.
  • Cards placed on the discard pile can be “bought” by any player. An additional card must be taken from the supply pile / talon as the purchase price.
  • You can divide the stock pile into several piles, each player can decide what he wants to draw from.
  • You don’t have to discard all cards to win, you can also put the last card on the discard pile.
  • No playing cards are placed next to the supply pile. So there is no discard pile. If you cannot play or place any cards or a single card, you must take a playing card.
  • If you change the joker, you have to use it immediately afterwards, but you can also play other cards.
  • A joker in hand is valued at 40 loss points at the end of the round.

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