Rummy has many variations, and in modern times, all those variations appear in a more modern avatar in the form of online rummy.
Even though the concept of the games remains unchanged, their online versions offer more excitement due to the addition of graphics and competition with players from across the country.
Moreover, online games offer cash prizes, which increases players’ interest in them.
A player can choose to play Pool Rummy, Deals Rummy or Points Rummy based on his/her interest. However, new rummy players are often confused about how to play rummy game online because they are unaware of the differences between these variations.
Take a look at the key differences below to understand the game variations better:
Points Rummy is the most popular format of rummy, because of its fastest gameplay.
In a game of Points Rummy, each card is worth predefined points, and each game has a single deal.
At the end of each deal, the player who has zero points is declared the winner. However, the game requires a player to have both a pure sequence (without a Joker replacing any card) and a second sequence (with or without a Joker), and all the cards arranged in sequences and/or sets, to win.
Once, a player achieves that objective, with 0 points, he/she declares his/her hand.
Though Deals Rummy looks very similar to Points Rummy, there are a few things that makes it pretty different from the latter.
First off, Deals Rummy requires 2–6 players to play, and there’s a predefined set of chips and deals, with each player receiving an equal number of chips at the beginning of a game.
The main difference between points rummy and deals rummy is that in deals rummy, the player with the maximum number of chips at the end of the game is declared the winner.
Pool Rummy is quite different from both points rummy and deals rummy. In a game of Pool Rummy, the goal of a player is to get zero points because points have a negative value in the game. A player who reaches zero points first is the winner. Moreover, a recently eliminated player can make a comeback in a Pool Rummy game if no other player in the game has scored more than 79 points.
The key difference here is that a player who reaches 101 or 201 points, the maximum points in a game, gets eliminated.
Winning a Pool Rummy game requires forming sets and sequences in exactly the same way as in Pool Rummy and Deals Rummy.
Please note: In Pool Rummy, a player can form a direct sequence with the rest of the cards that remain in the hand.