In rummy, it is essential to understand the level of your opponent for a favorable outcome.
How a Professional Opponent Approaches the Game
A professional player who plays the Indian rummy game regularly begins by estimating the cards that you hold. They will take into account all the cards that are on the table. A seasoned player will almost always have a reasonably good idea.
In case you are facing a professional player, you need to keep in mind that you will usually have only the first few rounds to get the desired cards from them. Once the opponent gauges your cards, your chances of tricking your opponent are slim because your opponent won’t let those cards slip through easily.
Also, once the first 3-4 rounds are up, the only way of getting the cards you desire will be from the closed deck. However, no matter how experienced someone is, you can still outsmart them by adopting smart strategies. You can always play better than your experienced opponent; it’s just that you will need to be extra careful and fast when deciding and making your moves.
How a Novice Approaches the Game
If you are playing against a player of the beginner to mid level, your opponent will tend to focus mainly on his cards, and the chances of his discarding cards that you desire are often higher.
A novice will often discard cards that you need because they are only concerned about their sets/sequences and don’t bother much about blocking their opponents' sets and sequences, which often costs them the game.
A Secret Tip
It’s great to have an idea of your opponent’s level of expertise; however, there is one more thing that’s very important—the level of fatigue!
Rummy is a game requiring a lot of mental exercise and patience and players often end up tired after playing for a long time because of having had to concentrate on the game for too long.
Therefore, keep a check on when your opponent starts showing signs of fatigue by miscalculating their moves and then use that to your advantage!
Until next time...
Keep playing, keep winning!