Rules of Traditional Rummy Online
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Rules of Traditional Rummy Online
There are many forms of Rummy online. While Traditional Rummy may not be quite as popular as it's variation, Rummy, it still maintains a common place in Rummy online. The Rules of Rummy are easy to learn, though it may take some time to master the skills of the game.
Rules of Rummy - Object of the GameUsing a single, standard 52-card deck, 2 to 4 players create sets (same rank) and runs (same-suit sequences) of cards called "melds", in an attempt to be the first to run completely out of cards, either by melding all cards in his or her hand, or by discarding his or her final card.
Rules of Rummy - Glossary of Terms
- Set: A group of 3 or 4 cards of the exact same value. (Ex: 8-8-8 or K-K-K-K)
- Run: A Run is a group of 3 or more cards that run in sequence. In traditional Rummy, a single Run must be made up of all same-suit cards. (Example: 2h-3h-4h) Note that Aces are counted as 11 points, but may be used in low or high Runs (Ah-2h-3h or Qh-Kh-Ah).
- Meld: When a player places Sets and/or Runs face-up on the table, each one is called a Meld. Players must Meld to get rid of the cards in their hand. Building: Players may add to their opponents' Melds with cards from their own hand. This is called Building. For example, a Meld of 4h-5h-6h-7h is on the table. A player may add to this with a 3h or 8h.
- Going Out: When a player gets rid of all of his cards, either by continuous Melding, Building or Discarding his final card, this is called going out. A player who Goes Out wins the hand, followed by normal score calculation.
- Going Rummy: When a player who has not previously Melded or played any cards on the table goes out in a single turn, this is called Going Rummy. Score calculation is done in the normal manner, plus 25 Penalty Points to each remaining player.
Rules of Rummy - Scoring
When a player Goes Out or Goes Rummy, all remaining players count up the points left in their hand. The sum of these points equals the winners score.
When a player Goes Rummy, the remaining players receive 25 Penalty Points each.Scoring in Rummy is calculated as follows:
- Ace = 11 Points
- 2-10 = Respective Value (2 = 2 Points ... 10 = 10 Points)
- Face Cards = 10 Points
Rules of Rummy - The Deal
Using a standard deck of 52 cards, each player receives one card - the highest card determines the Dealer. The cards are then shuffled and cut. Each player receives 10 cards, with a final card placed face-up to start the "Open Pile", or Discard Pile. The remaining cards are placed face-down to create the Stock Pile, or Draw Pile.
Rules of Rummy - Game Play
Players will take turns, first drawing a single card from either the Stock Pile or Open Pile. The player may then place Melds or Build on existing Melds. When finished, discarding one unwanted card into the Open Pile completes the players turn. Play continues in this fashion for most of the game. Note that a player may not take a card from the Open Pile, then discard the same card on the same turn.
Players may Meld or Build at any time throughout the game (provided it is their turn).
Example: Player-1 has Melded Ah-2h-3h, 8-8-8 and 9c-10c-Jc-Qc. Player-2 has a 4h and 8 in his hand. On Player-2's turn, he or place the 8 on Player-1's Set of 8's and the 4h on the Run of Ah-2h-3h.
Rules of Rummy - How To Win
In order to Win at Rummy, a player must achieve a high enough Score. The Winning Score is determined before the start of a game. 50 Points to Win, 100 Points to Win, etc. Once a player has accumulated enough points, they have won the game!
It is possible for the Stock Pile to deplete before any player is able to win. If the Stock Pile is reduced to only 2 cards, the game is forfeited. No player wins or loses. The cards are re-shuffled and a new game begins.
Rules of Rummy - Playing For Real Money
When playing Rummy online for real money, the payout of stakes is determined by two factors - the amount of players and the difference between point accumulation of the winner and the remaining players. The winner always receives at least 75% of the stakes. In a 2-player game of Rummy, for example, if the winner has 100 points and the loser has 25 or more points, the loser receives 25% of the stakes. Should the loser have less than 25 points, he receives a percentage equal to his points, (13 points = 13% stakes, 20 points = 20% stakes, etc.)
Penalty Points create an exception to the payout rules. If any player (other than the winner) has accumulated 100+ Penalty Points, that player cannot receive any winnings.
According to the typical payout rules above, the payout structure for an online Rummy game is as follows:
2 Players: The winner receives 75% to 100% of the stakes, 2nd place 0% to 25%.
3 Players: The winner receive 75% to 100% of the stakes, 2nd place receives 0% to 18%, 3rd place 0% to 12.5%.
4 Players: 1st place receive 75% to 100% of the stakes, 2nd place 0% to 16.66%, 3rd place 0% to 11.11%, 4th place 0% to 8.33%.
NOTE: The above calculations are normally used in a game of Rummy online. A home game of Rummy for real money commonly awards all stakes to the winner.