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Rummy Discard Section

Rummy is an interesting card game. For generations, it has been one of India's favorite free time games when families and friends have come together over a rummy game.

The 21st century is the age of technology, so it's not surprising that online rummy has substituted regular rummy as India's beloved card game. Online rummy can be played at any time you want and from anywhere as long as you have a smartphone and internet access.

Are you new to online rummy? Then, you may have a few questions about how it works. Don’t worry; on a platform like First Games, it is simply because the app is user-friendly. You just need to familiarize yourself with a few aspects of online rummy. Today, we will discuss what the discard section is all about in Indian rummy.

the basic rules of online rummy are the same as offline

Online rummy too is played with a deck of 52 cards and 1 printed joker. The cards are ranked from 2-10, and there are 4 high-value cards, called the Ace, Jack, Queen, and Joker, each containing 10 points. There will be 13 cards of different ranks in each of the 4 suits - Clubs, Diamonds, Spades, and Hearts.

Once each of the players (2-6 at each table) is dealt his/her cards, the remaining cards will be placed face-down. This is the closed pile or draw pile. One card will be picked at random and set facing upwards. This will form the discard pile or open pile. This card is also designated as the cut joker. All cards of the same rank from all 4 suits will also become cut jokers.

Now, to win an online rummy game, you will have to arrange your cards into sequences and sets. The first one to do so following all the rules of online rummy wins.

Tips For Beginners To Discard The Right Cards

Rummy is a game of skill and strategy, and if you use the right tactics, you can easily win in this game. One of the best ways you can win this game is you know which cards to discard at which time. If you are new to this game, here are some tips to help you understand which cards to discard during rummy:

  • Keep Odd Cards At The End 

You need first to arrange your hand in rummy and keep all the cards that you can make a sequence with. The odd cards you can keep at the end. Arranging your cards beforehand will ensure that you do not discard the wrong cards.

  • See What Your Opponent Is Doing 

You have to keep an eye on your opponent and see what cards they are picking up from the open pile. You should also see what cards they are discarding so that you have an idea of their hand. This will give you ideas on what cards you should or shouldn’t discard.

  • Do Away With High-Valued Cards

You should get rid of the cards that are of high value as soon as possible. This is because if you lose the game, your cards’ value will be counted, and these high-value cards will add up against you. Although the joker cards are of no harm, it is upto the player if they want to discard the joker cards when not required or use them wisely to save more points.

  • Fool Your Opponents

You must learn how to bluff in rummy to fool your opponents. You can do this by discarding cards that will make them think you have a different hand. For instance, if you have 3, 4 and 6 spades, you should discard the 6 spades. This will make your opponents think you don’t need 5 spades, and they will discard it. You can then use the 5 spades to form a sequence. 

  • Keep Your Hand Hidden

Lastly, you must keep your hand hidden from your opponents by picking a card from the stockpile and not from the open deck. If you pick a card from the open deck, your opponents can guess what hand you are making. But in the stockpile, all the cards are hidden, so your opponent will not know what you are picking up.

These tips can help beginners discard the right card at the right time to strategize and win the game of rummy.

using the discard stack

You can utilize the discard stack as a strategy to win. Not many online rummy players pay attention to the discard stack. If you are such a player, it is time for you to focus on the open stack.

This is where every player will discard his/her card when the turn comes to that player.

Cards we discard during an online rummy game indicate our strategies. We give up the cards that we do not need while forming valid sequences and sets. So, when a player discards a certain card, you will know that the card will not help him/her form the desired sequence or set.

That should give you an idea about which cards your opponents need. And, if you have those cards, you can hold on to them and lower their chances of winning.

You can also discard cards from your hand to mislead your online rummy opponents by keeping an eye on the cards they discard.

The discarded cards in online rummy will also help you decide which cards you can safely discard yourself. For example, if your opponent discards a 7 of Spades, then you can discard your 6 or 8 of Spades safely if they are not needed. You will know that you are not giving away a card that your opponent needs.

Strategy For Intermediate Players: How To Discard The Right Cards

In rummy, the winning player has a total score of zero. The rest of the players will get negative points for the unpaired cards in their hands. So, if you have all high-value cards, you will end up getting a lot of negative points. Thus, it is necessary to know when to discard cards at the right time if you are an intermediate player and want to play like a pro soon. To help you out, use the following tricks:

  • Discard High Cards Strategically 

The higher the value of the cards at the end, the more negative points you will get. Therefore what you should do is wait for three or four turns and if your high card is still not forming a sequence, then discard it. You can even wait and see if any card from the discard pile can help your high card form a sequence. If not, then remove it in the next round.

  • Calculate Your Points At Every Turn

You must calculate your points after every turn so that you can see how much your total score will be. If your unpaired cards are increasing your total to a high value, then you should discard them. For instance, suppose you have this hand at present:

  • Queen of spades, King of spades, Printed joker forming an impure sequence
  • 4 of diamonds, 4 of clubs
  • 9 of diamonds, 10 of diamonds

In this turn, your negative points will be of the two unpaired hands, that is, the 4 of diamonds and 4 of clubs, as well as the 9 of diamonds and 10 of diamonds. This will add up to 4+4+9+10=27.

Thus, you know that you can get rid of the 9 of diamonds or 10 of diamonds in the next turn to reduce your penalty points.

  • Use Middle Cards Wisely

The value of middle cards is calculated at their face value. For instance, if at the end of the game, you have only 3 of Spades that are unpaired, then 3 will be your penalty point. You can use middle cards to form pure sequences or sets and lower your penalty points. For instance, suppose you have a hand with the following cards:

  • 3 of hearts, 4 of hearts, 6 of hearts, 7 of hearts
  • King of diamonds, K of hearts, K of clubs
  • 2 of spades, 4 of spades
  • Ace of clubs, 7 of clubs, 9 of clubs

In the first case, if you pick or get a 2 or 8 of hearts, you will create a pure sequence. The 2 of spades and 4 of spades need a 3 of spades to form a sequence. The last row needs 8 of clubs to form a pure sequence. This means that you can use the middle cards to form sequences and then discard the Ace of clubs in the next turn. Therefore it is good to keep the middle cards for as long as you can to form sequences.

learn the usage of the discard pile while playing online rummy on First Games

First Games (FG) is one of India's leading online rummy apps. It is trusted and used by millions. If you are new to rummy and don't yet know how to use the discard pile to your advantage, you can learn all about it by playing as many online rummy free games as you want.

Once you have acquired enviable online rummy skills, you can proceed to cash games and tournaments where you can use your skills to win as much as INR 50 lakh.

So, download the FG, register yourself, win bonuses, and have a grand time playing online rummy.

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FAQ’s

  • 1. Do you discard after a rummy? Arrow
    When you go rummy, you lay down all your cards in a single play in a combination of melding, laying off or discarding. This means that you have already ended your game and don’t need to discard this last turn.
  • 2. How many cards do you discard in rummy? Arrow
    • Each player in online and offline rummy is dealt cards face down. The rest of the cards are placed in the centre, called the stockpile.
    • The top of the stockpile is turned over to start a discard pile.
    • Then each player can pick up a card from the stockpile or the discard pile.
    • If they pick a card from the stockpile, no one knows what card they have.
    • If they pick it from the discard pile, then their opponents know what card they have because the discard pile is always face down.
    • Once a player picks up a card, they must always discard a card from their hand.
    • If the player has melded his hand, he can end his last turn without discarding.
    • In case the stockpile gets over in the game, the top card of the discard pile is set aside and forms the new discard pile.
    • The rest of the discard pile is shuffled and made into the new stockpile so that the game can continue.
  • 3. What is the discard rule in Rummy? Arrow
    Although the rules of discarding cards is dependent upon the type or variant of rummy being played, the first rule is that after a player melds his/her cards, he or she has to discard a card towards the discard pile that remains face up. The following rule is that the next player who picks up the card from that pile, cannot discard the same card back in that pile and has to discard another card.
  • 4. What happens if you discard a Rummy? Arrow
    If you discard a relevant card that could have been melded and could have led to a valid rummy declaration, any other player could pick up that card and call Rummy to meld it in his/her sets or sequences.

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