13 Cards Rummy vs 21 Cards Rummy

13 Cards Rummy is a popular card game especially in southern parts of India playing traditionally. The game makes you to utilise your skills to achieve a win and therefore the game offers an adrenaline rush which no other card game provides. The game also plays a vital role in many Indian families where even the smallest of kid engages in using his top skills to play cards especially during family get-togethers and other cultural fests.

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13 Cards Rummy is usually played with 2 packs of standard 53 cards deck including the printed jokers. The objective of the game is to make melds as soon as possible to gain a win. The 13 cards rummy also has different variations like Points, Pool and Deals Rummy which makes the game more flexible to players according to their needs. While Points and Pool Rummy variants can be played in minimal time, Deals Rummy requires you to play and complete all the pre-decided deals and so, it will test your endurance and game skills on a larger scale.

In order to play 13 cards rummy, your main objective after the 13 cards are dealt should be to make pure sequence, a sequence with or without Joker cards and sets. Once you complete these objectives before your opponent does, you can declare the game to claim a win.

In Points Rummy variant, the players play for points which are assigned a rupee value. While the winner walks home without any points, the players who lost the games are assigned with points. The winner will claim his winnings based on the accumulated points of all the opponents who have lost the game. In Pool Rummy, either 101 or 201 points are set to start a game. Once a player exceeds the pre-decided points of 101 or 201, he/she will be eliminated from the game and the winner is the only player who stays on the table till the end of the game. Deals Rummy is another exciting version in which you will be playing against your opponents for a pre-decided number of deals. The winner is decided based on the highest number of chips accumulated at the end of all the deals.

21 Cards Rummy is another format of the rummy game which is also as popular as the 13 cards variant. This game is also known as Indian Marriage and is much longer in gameplay compared to the other forms of rummy. In 21 cards rummy, three decks of cards are used and thus the game becomes more complex with more cards and unique strategies which make the game more interesting to play. The objective of the game is same as that of 13 cards rummy, to make sets and sequences to complete the game.

The game begins when the 21 cards are dealt to each player playing the game. Then a Joker is selected from the rest of the cards and it is termed as Cut Joker. The card above the Cut Joker is known as Upper Joker and the card below is known as Lower Joker. For example, if 8♣ is selected as Cut Joker, 9♣ is Upper Joker and 7♣ is Lower Joker.

21 Cards Rummy uses the concept of Tunnela and Dublee which makes the game more exciting. Tunnela is a collection of 3 cards of the same rank where as Dublee is the collection of 2 cards of the same rank. A Joker card cannot be used in either Tunnela or Dublee to complete the collection, however you can use multiple printed Jokers grouped together to make a Tunnela or Dublee.

If you are playing 21 cards rummy, you can win the game by completing any one of the objectives mentioned below:

  1. 3 pure sequences and the remaining cards grouped as sets or sequences.
  2. 3 Tunnelas grouped separately
  3. 8 Dublees grouped separately
  4. 8 Jokers grouped together

If you are completing the game with the 2nd, 3rd or 4th option, you don’t need to arrange the rest of the cards into sequences or sets.

Both 13 cards rummy and 21 cards rummy are exciting to play and if you got the skills, you got to play both variants in Junglee Rummy to experience the difference!

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