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What Are The Different Types of Rummy?

Rummy, without a doubt, is India’s favourite card game. And, ever since rummy was incorporated in games apps, it has become more accessible. Hence, its popularity has soared. Rummy has been around for many years and has travelled across the globe. It is no surprise then that different countries modified the game and different rummy variations emerged. While the fundamental rules are the same across the spectrum of rummy, some individual rules are unique. And, because rummy is online now, you can play any version of the game you want.

Before you decide which variant you want to try, let us give you a brief introduction to some of the most popular types of rummy:

13 Card Rummy

13 card rummy is played by a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 6 players. In this version, 13 cards are dealt to each player. There are 52 cards in a deck and 2 decks are used. Players have to arrange their 13 cards into at least 1 pure sequence with a supported impure sequence and the remaining cards into any combination of sets and sequences. Jokers are used in 13 card rummy and can take the place of any missing card while forming sets and sequences.

13 card rummy has three sub-types:

Points Rummy: In this version, the participant plays for points. There is a pre-decided monetary value for each point. The person who groups his/her cards into valid sets and sequences first wins an amount equal to the pre-decided points’ value multiplied by the total points of opponents.

Deals Rummy: You play with chips that are distributed to players at the start of the game. When you participate in deals rummy, deals or rounds are pre-determined. Once a player has grouped all cards into valid sets and sequences and pressed the declare button, the deal ends and the winner gets the chips of opponents. Then the next deal begins. When all the deals are played, the person who has the highest number of chips wins.

Pool Rummy: There are two types of pool rummy - 101 and 201. If players score 101 points or 202 points, then they are eliminated. The person who has accumulated the least number of points or the only one left standing after all others have been eliminated is the pool rummy winner.

21 Card Rummy

This is one of the most challenging versions of rummy. It is played with 21 cards (each player) and 3 decks. The person who first organizes his/her cards following certain rules wins:

1) 3 pure sequences (3 or more consecutive cards of the same suit without a Joker) and the remaining cards into any combination of sets and sequences
2) 8 Jokers in one group
3) 8 dublees (a dublee is a pair of 2 cards of the same rank and suit or two Jokers) in 8 different groups
4) 3 tunnelas (a tunnela is 3 cards of the same rank and suit) in 3 different groups

Jokers are used in 21 card rummy. There are 3 printed Jokers. The topmost card from the stack after all the players had been dealt their cards is the cut Joker. And, all the cards of a similar rank as the cut Joker from all 4 suits become Jokers. This game also uses upper and lower Jokers (if 5 of Clubs is the cut Joker and you have 4 of Hearts and 6 of Hearts, then they will be the lower and upper Jokers). A Joker of the same suit along with the upper and lower Jokers forms a marriage. Notably, a marriage wins you 100 points and that is a huge help because in 21 card rummy if your score drops below 120, you crash out of the game.

Gin Rummy

Immensely popular among rummy players, gin rummy is also one of the simplest versions of the card game. It is mostly played between 2 participants with 1 deck of 52 cards. Each player gets 10 cards and these have to be arranged into any combination of sets and sequences with a minimum of 3 cards in each. When the value of your unmatched cards (that are not arrayed into sets and sequences) is less than 10, you can opt to ‘knock’. If the value of your opponent’s unmatched cards is more than 10, then you win. But, if the value of your opponent’s unmatched cards or deadwood is less than 10, then you will lose.

These are just some of the most-loved types of rummy played in India. On an app like Paytm First Games (PFG), you can learn and become a champion of rummy by playing as many free games as you want. And, once you start playing cash games and tournaments, you can make a lot of money in your spare time.

Canasta is another popular type of Rummy that gained fame in Spain. The game comprises 4 printed and the two of all suits in the deck are accepted as wild card jokers. Players are dealt with 7 cards and are required to make combinations of sets and sequences accordingly.

Rummikub features an amalgamation of Rummy and Mahjong and the game gained popularity in parts of Europe and Asia. Players are required to use 104 tiles marked with numbers between 1-13 in black, orange, blue and red. The game also features two tiles having the same colour and number. A fresh tile is drawn if a player fails to complete it during his/her chance. The player who lays down every tile first is declared the winner in this game.

Oklahoma Rummy
Oklahoma Rummy is one of the rummy variations which is quite like the Gin rummy. The game can be played between 2-4 opponents. While creating sequences and sets, players can also use joker cards to make a valid declaration. Each player is dealt with 7 cards in this game.

Kalooki Rummy
It is a popular card game in Jamaica and there is no limit to adding members and decks in this game. Each game of Kalooki Rummy is played for 9 deals and the challenger who possesses the lowest score is declared the winner.

500 Rummy
Also known as Pinochle and Persian Rummy, this exciting card game is played between 2-8 players. The variety is famous in the United States and instead of negative points like the usual rummy game, the game carries positive points only. The challenger who is first to get over 500 points is declared the winner.

Contract Rummy
The Contract Rummy game involves 3 to 8 players and it is inspired by the classic Gin Rummy game. The game comprises decks having 54 cards and jokers are also used. Each player is dealt with 10 cards during the first four hands, followed by 12 cards in the last three hands, and hence the game features seven deals. The game has quite unique rules and each ace carries a score of 15 points, followed by jokers having 25 points each. The face cards in this game have 10 points each.

Shanghai Rummy
As the name suggests, the Shanghai Rummy originated in China and while playing, you may find it similar to the contract rummy. The game involves 3 to 5 players and everyone is dealt with 11 cards each. The game also involves wild card jokers and twos of spades and clubs are considered jokers. In Shanghai Rummy, jokers can be used only when a combination features 3 or 4 cards.

Dummy Rummy
The dummy rummy is another type of rummy that is quite easy to play. In this variety also all the 2s are treated as jokers and players use 2 decks of cards having 4 jokers. Whenever a player successfully makes sets and sequences, he or she discards the cards.

Why First Games is the Best to Play Different Types of Rummy?

You must be knowing that rummy is a cash-based game and you must play it on a secured platform to ensure the safety of your money. The First Games by Paytm is one of the most trusted platforms to play rummy and the app also features a variety of rummy games. So, you have enormous alternatives to play on first games rummy and win real cash with all your wins.

Steps to Play Different Rummy Types on the First Games

You can check out the following steps to play various types of rummy on the First Games App:

  • Open the First Games app on your smartphone and opt to play rummy.
  • Soon, you will get numerous rummy games that can be seen by swiping your thumb on the screen. You can choose the preferred Rummy game and set the price accordingly.
  • You will be navigated to the game room and as rummy is played between 2 to 6 players, wait for a few seconds for others to join in.
  • You must be knowing the rules of whichever rummy you choose to play, if not then you can also opt for practice games.
  • As soon as you gain confidence, you can get back to the games section to play your favourite type of rummy on the First Games app.

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  • What is 7-card rummy called? Arrow
    Oklahoma Rummy and Canasta are played with seven cards.
  • Is Gin Rummy 7 or 10 cards? Arrow
    The Gin Rummy is played with 10 cards.
  • Is there a difference between Rummy 500 and Gin Rummy? Arrow
    The Rummy 500 is also called Persian Rummy and is played between 2-8 players. Here, instead of negative points, the player gets positive points only. The challenger who is first to get over 500 points is declared the winner. Whereas Gin Rummy is usually played between two players and 10 cards are dealt to each member. The aim is to form combinations of sets and sequences with a minimum of 3 cards in each.
  • How many different types of rummy are there? Arrow
    There are numerous types of rummy and different countries have their own way of playing it.
  • Which rummy is the best? Arrow
    This depends upon your personal preferences. For some, the classic Indian rummy is the best and many prefer to play Pool Rummy. If you ask international card players, many like Oklahoma rummy or Gin rummy and many prefer to play Shanghai Rummy.


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