Bad hand in rummy

Dealing With a Poor Hand in Rummy: 3 Tricks to Turn the Tide in Your Favor


Rummy, by default, requires skills to win. You need, more than luck, the ability to figure out what moves to make in order to win a game.

However, there are times when you might find yourself cornered because of a poor hand, and this is when your experience, as well as your strategy, comes into play.

In this blog, we will look at 3 simple tricks to turn the tide in your favor and help you do well despite a poor hand.

Remember that you might not always win a game, but with practice, you can always send your opposition into a tizzy and improve your chances of winning.

Bluffing Is an Art

Bluffing in Rummy

If you think that bluffing in poker is a great way to confuse your opposition, you should be aware that it’s a ruse that works quite well in rummy as well.

As the old saying goes, fake it, till you make it, that is, pretend to have a great hand always as it has the potential to confuse your opponent. Therefore, it’s important that you master this simple trick.

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Analyze Before Making Your Moves

Analyzing your opponent in rummy

Make sure to keep an eye on your opponents throughout a game. Closely observe the moves they are making and keep a watch on the cards they are picking and discarding to figure out what they might be trying to achieve.

This becomes much important when you are playing rummy for cash as opposed to playing it casually with friends. 

Although this requires a lot of patience, it can go a long way in turning the game in your favor, even if you have a poor hand, to begin with.

Discard Low-Value Cards First

Discarding cards in rummy

Whenever you pick a card from the open deck, make it a point to discard the low-value cards first. This has the potential to confuse your opponent, making them discard wrong cards in the process. As they say, curiosity killed the cat.

The trick has the potential to make your opponents curious and sometimes even drop the game.

These three simple tricks can help you turn a bad game into a good one, and have the potential to turn the tide in your favor.

Try them next time you are at the table and let us know if they are helpful, in the comments below.

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