Face Cards or High Cards are usually considered as desired cards in most of the card games. However, it’s a different tale in Indian rummy games. Stripped from all its power, high cards simply add burden to players with unwanted points. So, always use these improvised rummy tips while handling high cards in Indian Rummy.
“Discard your High Value Cards”, this valuable strategy has now become a rummy adage. As Aces, King, Queens and Jacks have 10 points, it is a wise move to discard them to get rid of extra points. Expert players calculate the possibilities of both winning and losing on every move. They always count the number of points that they will lose if a player declares the game at any time. So, they get rid of high cards that have less probabilities of forming set or sequence.
As discussed earlier, most of the players discard High cards in Indian Rummy games; however, if your opponent picks up a high card from the open deck, you could sense that something is not right. Chances are that your opponent has already formed a sequence or set, as nobody would like to add a burden of 10 points. If your opponent picks your discarded Q♥, you can easily predict that he has formed a set of Qs or a sequence of K♥ Q♥ J♥ , Q♥ J♥ 10♥ or A♥ K♥ Q♥. Your opponent will be in a notion that he is a step closer to winning; however, he doesn’t know is that he has walked into a trap. Your opponent has taken the bait of high card that could limit his chances of winning. Now, don’t discard any card close to Q♥ like K♥, J♥, 10♥ and A♥ to allow your opponent to continue his sequence. He will regret to form such a sequence as you will limit the possibility of improving the sequence.
It has been observed that most of the players discard high value cards during their initial moves. The reasons are obvious; however, you can take calculated risks and choose not to discard your high value cards during your opening moves and keep them till your third or fourth move. It is highly probable that your opponents will discard a high value card that matches with your face card. In this way, you could reverse the common trick and gain an advantage to form desired sets or sequences with your high value cards.