Carioca Rummy is usually considered as a variation of Contract Rummy. This variant is very popular in Latin American countries, particularly in Argentina and Chile. The game is so widely played that it has many variations of its own that have different set of rules and gameplay.
In this article, we will talk about the common rules and gameplay of Carioca’s Rummy. The objective of the game is similar to 13 cards rummy. Just like the way you play Indian Rummy to finish the game with lowest points, you need to finish the game of Carioca Rummy with the least number of points.
Two standard decks of cards along with jokers are used in the game and the dealer changes in every deal. A total of 11 deals are played in Carioca Rummy and players need to form pre-decided hands during each deal. During the initial deals, eleven cards are dealt to every player, which gradually increase to 13 cards till the last deal.
The rest of the cards are placed to form the stock pile and a card is revealed to form the discard pile. The player who sits right to the dealer picks a card from the discard or stock pile. One of the interesting aspects of Carioca Rummy is that a player could ‘steal’ a card from the discard pile if all the players pass during their turn.
The players who have cards in their hands get points according to the points carried by the cards. The sole player with the least number of points at the end of all the deals wins the game. The other losing players’ points are calculated based on the points carried by their cards. All the cards from 2 to 10 have points based on their numerical value; Jacks, Kings and Queens have 10 points while Aces and Jokers have high points of 15 points.
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