21 Cards Rummy is one of the most popular card games played in the Indian subcontinent. It is also called as ‘Indian Marriage’ and is widely played during the festivals of Dusshera and Diwali in the Kathmandu valley in Nepal and in Bhutan. Known for its longer gameplay than other forms of rummy, it incorporates a unique blend of interesting rules and complex strategies.
If you know how to play 13 cards rummy, it would not be difficult for you to understand the game of 21 cards rummy, as the rules are almost similar. You need to arrange all the cards in the hand in valid sequences and/or sets and finish the game with zero points. The only facets of the game that make it different from 13 cards rummy are as follows:
Decks of Cards - 21 Cards Rummy uses one deck more than the usual number of decks used in 13 cards rummy. Thus, three decks along with Printed Jokers are used in the game of 21 Cards Rummy.
Cards Dealt - As the name of the game suggests, 21 cards are dealt to each player in Indian Marriage. The gameplay is relatively longer as players need to arrange 21 cards in their hand to win the game
Pure Sequences - Unlike 13 Cards Rummy where you need to make at least one pure sequence, you need to make a minimum of three pure sequences to win the game.
Value Cards: What makes 21 Cards Rummy completely different from 13 Cards Rummy is that Value cards are used in addition to Jokers. Value cards function like the Jokers and they can be used in place of any other card to form sequences and sets. However, they carry additional points that make them special in Indian Marriage Rummy. For example, if 7 of Spades is the Wild Joker, the Value Cards for the game will be 6, 7 and 8 of Spades.
8 of Spades: This value card is known as Paplu and those who carry it get 20 points from the other players.
7 of Spades: This value card is known as Titlu and those who carry it get 20 points from the other players.
6 of Spades: This value card is known as Nichlu and those who carry it get 20 points from the other players.
The Marriage Hand: A group of cards that has 6, 7 and 8 of Spades is called as the Marriage Hand. Those who have this special hand get 100 points from other players.
As you have seen that Indian Marriage is as easy as 13 Cards Rummy. So, get your pack of cards ready and play this interesting variation of rummy with your friends. Who knows, you might end up with the Marriage Hand?