All you need to know about the 13 card Indian Rummy

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Before you start playing the online Rummy game, it is essential for you to understand its rules and regulations. The 13 card Rummy which is a popular Rummy variant is a bit tricky but is equally interesting and fun to play.


Online Rummy is played with 2 to 6 players. 2 decks including 2 printed Jokers are used in the game wherein 13 cards need to be distributed to each player. The remaining deck is discarded. The cards in Indian Rummy are distributed faced down and the remaining deck is also kept in the same manner. Each player is required to arrange his cards in the form of Sequences and/ or Sets. A sequence also referred to as run comprises of three or more consecutive cards of the same suit. On the other hand, a set comprises of three or four cards of the same rank but of different suits. One also needs to understand that a card can be used just once; one may either use it to form a set or a run.


Another important point about the 13 card Rummy is that a player is required to make a minimum of two sequences out of which at least one should be pure or natural. This means that one of the sequences should be made without using a joker or wild card. A joker can be used to make a set or sequence after a pure sequence is made.


This Rummy game does not allow the players to lay a meld on the table or on other melds at any point during the game. This 13 card game is played turn by turn and on every turn a player is required to draw a card from the discarded or open deck, check the cards in his hand and let go of the one he requires the least.


The face cards, Jack, Queen and King and Aces have 10 points. Jokers have 0 and the remaining cards in the deck contain points equal to their rank for instance a 9♥ contains 9 points, a 2♠ contains 2 points and so on. Aces may be clubbed with 2, 3 and 4 to make a sequence. It may even be clubbed with Q and K to form a valid sequence. However, it can only be used once. The player who wins the game gets zero points. One the hand the losers get points according to the cards in hand. In online rummy if the loser hasn't formed any sequence, he will get all the card points. However, if he has made two or more sequences including a pure sequence then just the points of the cards that do not form a set or sequence are counted. It is to be noted that a player can only get a maximum of 80 points.


In online cash rummy, there is a pre-decided Rupee value and the winner gets cash equivalent to the total points of opponents/losers multiplied by the Rupee value.


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