About the Game

What is Rummy?

Rummy is a group of skill-based card games which have been played around the world for almost a century, and have now become more popular than ever. The reason for that is the skill they require, alongside strategy, experience, and sophistication. By mastering these skills, players improve their chances of winning the Rummy games.
There is a large variety of Rummy variations, all sharing the same objective and play structure. These card games are best played with two to four players, but up to six can take part. The Rummy card games are played to a fixed number of deals or to a target score. The number of deals or the target score must be agreed before playing. Although varied among the many games, all of the Rummy card games contain a certain scoring chart.

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The objective of the game

Ring games:
The objective of the Rummy ring game is to dispose of all the cards in your hand by forming as many melds as possible out of all the cards in the player's hand and laying them down on the table.

Tournaments:
Multi Round - The objective of the multi-round tournaments is to accumulate the highest amount of points.
Elimination - The objective of the elimination tournaments is to play in a nature that encourages the elimination of your opponents, making you the last player to stay at the table and win the greatest amount of money.

Playing:

Gin Rummy
Gin Rummy is an all-time classic skill-based card game. The game is easy to learn and play. Gin Rummy is quick, sophisticated and exciting. The winner of the game is the first player to dispose of all his cards at once - this move is called Gin. Another winning move consists of disposing of all the cards at once with a deadwood count of 10 or less - this move is called Knock. Lastly, a player can win the game by having a deadwood count lower than the Knocker's deadwood count - this is called Undercut.

Oklahoma Gin
Oklahoma Gin is one of the most popular Gin Rummy variants. The winner of the game is the first player to dispose of all his cards at once - this move is called Gin. Another winning move consists of disposing of all the cards at once with a deadwood count that is lower or equal to the opening card's face value - this move is called Knock. Lastly, a player can win the game by having a deadwood count lower than the Knocker's deadwood count - this is called Undercut.

Kalooki 51
Kalooki (also Kaluki or Kalookie) is a Rummy game which combines the use of wild cards - Jokers. The Jokers spice up the game, providing players with many opportunities to apply the skill one has acquired. In this Rummy variant, the melds in one's hand must reach a total count of 51 or more in order for them to lay down melds. The winner is the first player to dispose of all the cards in his hand at once - this is called Hunt, or the first player to dispose of all the cards in his hand by gradually melding and building - this is called Going Out.

Kalooki 40
Kalooki 40 is the British version of Kalooki 51 (also Kaluki or Kalookie). It is a Rummy game that combines the use of Jokers. In this Rummy variant, the melds in one's hand must reach a total count of 40 or more in order for them to lay down melds for the first time. Another exciting rule makes it impossible to pick up cards from the discard pile without laying down one or more melds. The winner is the first player to dispose of all the cards in his hand at once - this is called Hunt, or the first player to dispose of all the cards in his hand by gradually melding and building - this is called Going Out.

Traditional Rummy
Traditional Rummy is based on the play structure shared with all the Rummy variants. The winner is the first player to dispose of all the cards in his hand at once - this move is called Going Rummy. Another way to win the game is to be the first player to dispose of all the cards in his hand gradually - this is called Going Out. In this Rummy variant there are no restrictions regarding when one is allowed to lay down melds or add matching cards to existing melds. Meaning, one can lay down melds or add matching cards to existing ones at any time.

Rummy500
Rummy 500 is an advanced variation of the Traditional Rummy game. The goal of the game is to be the first player to surpass the 500 points limits, not necessarily the first player to get rid of their cards. Players can draw a card discarded by their opponent as long as the card discarded can be built onto a meld (either a meld that had been laid down, or an unfinished sequence in that players hand). This unique move is named “calling Rummy.” At the end of each round all points are tabulated and when a player surpasses the 500 point limit the game is over.

Burraco
The main objective of Burraco is to score the highest points by making the most valuable melds or groups of cards. Played with 2 full packs of cards, Burraco allows players to lay down a meld at any time during the game. A player's turn consists of drawing a card and discarding a card. Professional players will advise not to try and get rid of cards as quickly as possible, but rather to focus on getting the highest score.

Turkish Rummy (Okey)
Okey is a Turkish variation of Rummy and uses tiles instead of cards, but the basic layout is the same. Players are given cards that have a color and number on them. They try to create a hand that has all the same tiles and is consistent in color, or have 7 pairs that are all the same color and numerical value. Okey is unique since there are two types of joker cards, the standard joker along with a false joker card. The winner is the player that successfully creates a hand made of all the same tiles and is consistent in color.

Canasta
Canasta is based on the principles of Traditional Rummy. Players make melds, containing at least 3 cards . A full meld consists of 7 cards and is called a "Canasta". In Canasta there are "Natural Cards" (all cards except for 2's, 3's and jokers), wild cards(2's and jokers) and the 3's that you collect during the game. A pure Canasta meld contains 7 natural cards. A wild Canasta contains only 2's and jokers while a mixed Canasta contains both natural cards and wild cards.