In a game of rummy, when 13 cards are dealt, the purpose is to create sequences and sets. Sequences and sets are the main part on which the game is dependent. As the name suggests, a sequence is a group of three or more cards arranged in a consecutive order that belong to the same suit. There are two types of sequences in rummy: Pure sequence and Impure sequence.
A pure sequence, as the name suggests, is a sequence arranged in consecutive order, and all cards belong to the same suit. The trick here that makes it a “pure” sequence is that no card is replaced by a joker in a pure sequence. Also, as per rummy sequence rules, it is mandatory to have one pure sequence for a valid declaration. Examples: 7♦-8♦-9♦, A♣-2♣-3♣4♣, 2❤-3❤-4❤-5❤-6❤
An impure sequence is a sequence where 3 or more cards are arranged in a sequence that belongs to the same suit. In an impure sequence, cards can be replaced by a joker or jokers.
10♥-J♥-PJ-K♥- Printed joker replacing Q♥
3♠-4♠-8♦ (WJ)- Wild joker replacing 5♠
A set is a formation of cards in which three or four cards are arranged in such a way that the rank should be the same, but suits have to be different. As per rummy set rules, the set cannot have more than 1 card from any suit. A player can use a joker or jokers in replacement of the card to create a rummy set.
Without a Joker
7♦-7♥-7♠ This set has 7s from three different suits
2♦-2♠-2♥-2♣ This set has 2s from four different suits
With a joker
4♠-4♣-K♥ (WJ)-Here, K♥ (WJ) is acting as a replacement car for 4♥ or 4♦
J♣-PJ-J♦- Printed joker has been used to replace the missing cards: J♥ or J♠
2♣-2♠-A♥(WJ) In this set, the A♥ is a wild joker, which is acting as a replacement for 2♥ or 2♦
Each deck of cards consists of two jokers each, and out of which, any one card must be selected randomly, which will act as a joker for that game. All cards of that same rank will also be acting as a joker for the game.
In rummy, the joker plays a valuable role. A joker is a card that is either blank or has a joker printed on it. A player can use it to form an impure sequence and sets. While arranging cards, creating a pure sequence is mandatory to win the rummy game.
Rummy is a skill game requiring players to apply their knowledge of cards and ace the game. It does improve their cognitive skills and enhances focus and concentration as well. Therefore, clearing your concepts of rummy sets and rummy sequences and applying the same in practice games can help to fast-track your knowledge of the game. Therefore, give you the confidence to play with real money online or offline.
In the next game of rummy, make the move that makes you win, i.e., the right action that leads to a valid declaration. Make sure to make a valid declaration before your competition.