Contract Rummy is quite a unique variation of traditional rummy games. It is popularly known as Joker Rummy and Wild Rummy. The game is played between 3 to 8 players. The number of decks change as the number of players increase – 2 decks are used up to 4 players, 3 decks are used when 5 to 6 players join and 4 decks are used when 7 to 8 players join the game.
The rules to play Contract Rummy are quite similar to Gin Rummy as printed jokers and wild jokers are used in the game. Contract Rummy is played for seven deals where the rules for each deal are different. There are many variations of the rules; so, this article explains the general rules that are used commonly to play the game.
One player is chosen as the dealer in the first hand and the player to the left becomes the dealer in subsequent deals. Each player is dealt with 10 cards during the first four deals and 12 cards are distributed in the last three deals.
When all the cards are distributed, one card from the deck is placed face up to form the discard pile and the rest of the cards are placed face down to form the stock pile. A player during his/her turn has to pick a card from either stock or discard pile and then place a hand card on the discard pile.
The objective of Contract Rummy is to meld all the cards in the hand into sets and sequences. There are different contract requirements for each deal. For example the contract requirement for the first deal is two sets. The game goes on till a player “goes out” or discards the last card in the hand while melding.
The different types of Contracts that follow in successive rounds are mentioned below:.
• Two Groups of Three (six cards in total)
• One Group of Three and a Sequence of four (seven cards formation)
• Two Sequences of Four (eight cards in total)
• Three Groups of Three (A total of nine cards)
• Two Groups of Three and One Sequence of Four (ten cards in total)
• One Group of Three and Two Sequences of Four (A total of eleven cards)
• Three Sequences of Four and No Discard
There are different points allocated to each card in Contract Rummy. All the numbered cards have the same value as their numerical value. For example, a 4 of Hearts has 4 points and a 9 of Spades has 9 points. However, Jack, Queen and King have 10 points each and Aces of all suits carry 15 points. Jokers carry exceptionally high points – Each Joker, Wild or Printed carry 25 points.
As you have seen, Contract Rummy is as easy as 13 Cards Rummy. So, have some additional decks of cards ready and play this interesting game variant with your friends. Who knows, you could be a natural winner in Contract Rummy!
To know more exciting variations of rummy, go to our ‘Rummy Variation’ section and learn more about all the different variants. The game rules of every variant are as interesting as Indian Rummy and you can learn them with ease.