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Rummy is played throughout the world and it has several variations. Gin Rummy game is one of the most common Rummy variants and it is also said to be the fastest game variant.

There have been speculations that Gin Rummy has evolved from a version of poker called Whiskey poker, but this theory has not gained general acceptance.

Gin Rummy is played with single deck of 52 cards. Unlike almost all variants of Rummy, Gin Rummy does not have a Joker or a wild card. It is for this reason; Gin Rummy is also said to be the most challenging version of Rummy.

The game is played between 2 players and it has a rather simple game structure.

It is played with 10 cards that are dealt to each player, and the objective of the card game is to score a set number of points (Generally 100 Points) before the opponent does. A player scores these points by winnings partial games. There are multiple ways in which a player can win including Knocking, Going gin and so on.

Gin Rummy is a draw and discard based game, like all other versions of Rummy, but there are several unique gin rummy rules and regulations to the game. Such as the limit of 2 players in a game, or the additional ways in which a player can win.

Once 10 card are dealt to each player, the player apart from the dealer has to begin the game by drawing a card from the face up card deck or from the face down card deck.

When one card is picked another needs to be discarded by the player. If the player is not able to use the card drawn, they can drop that card, and then the same card is available for the next player to pick while discarding one of their own.

Both players follow the same gameplay in all their turns. However, a card drawn from the discard pile cannot be discarded again in the same turn by a player.

Gin Rummy consists of 2 players only, as compared to other types of Rummy being played with 2 or more than 2 players.

The cards dealt to each player need to be melded into combinations of 3 or more cards into;

Sets (Cards with the same rank but different suits)

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Sequences (Cards with same suit but consecutive ranks).

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In Gin Rummy, the Ace can only be paired with pip cards 2, 3..., but not with the King(K).

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Going Gin:

Melding all 10 cards into sets and sequences, in Gin Rummy is referred to as a “Gin”. When a valid Gin is declared, the player becomes the winner of that particular game.


When all the 10 cards of a player are not melded, the player can declare a “Knock”. In the case of a Knock declared, both the knocking player and the opponent have a chance of winning the game. The sum of actual card values of all the cards is compared among the players. The player with the least total points(Addition of card values) is considered the winner of that game.(Any of the two players can be the winner depending on their card value)

Player 1 Cards: 1♥ 1♠ 3♦ 6♥ 7♥ K♦ 3♠ 4♦ 2♠ 2♣

Player 2 Cards: J♣ J♥ K♠ Q♠ 1♦ 3♣ 3♥ 7♦ 9♣ 10♣

Here the total value of Player 1’s cards when added is;
1+1+3+6+7+10+3+4+2+2= 39

Whereas the total value of Player 2’s cards when added is;
10+10+10+10+1+3+3+7+9+10= 73

Since the Total Value of Cards of Player 1 is lower. He/She is the Winner of this particular round.

According to the Point system, if this Knock was declared by Player 1, he/she receives points equal to the difference between their card values i.e. 73-39= 34 Points.

If this knock was declared by Player 2, Player 1 receives points equal to the difference between their card values plus 10 extra points i.e. 73-34+10=44 Points.

When a Knock or a Gin is declared, the other player gets the opportunity to meld their cards, and reduce their total card value. All the players during this time try to get rid of unmatched cards.

There is another way in which a game can end, i.e. when there are only 2 cards remaining in the face down deck. Such a game is declared as null where both player get 0 points and a new deal is made.

The game of Gin Rummy continues till one of the player is able to accumulate 100 or more points. Points for declaring a valid Gin is 20, where as in the case of a Knock (Refer Knocking example);

  • If the player declaring Knock Wins he/she is awarded the difference between the points of cards not melded.
  • If the other player wins they get 10 plus the difference between the points of cards not melded.

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