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Indian Rummy Rules

Get the comprehensive list of Rummy rules to play the most popular 13 Cards Indian rummy game. The rules of rummy are very easy to understand and the game is quite simple to play.

Rules of Indian Rummy Game

Number of Cards

13 cards are dealt to each player in the beginning of every deal in Indian Rummy.


Number of Players

13 Cards Rummy at JungleeRummy.com can be played with a minimum of 2 players and a maximum of 6 players. If there are more than 2 players in the game, 2 decks of cards are used.


Dealing in Indian Rummy


A random toss is made at the beginning of the game to decide which player will make the first move. After the toss, a wild joker is selected randomly from the closed deck and 13 cards are distributed to each player. The first card from the deck is placed face up to form the Open Deck, while the remaining cards are placed face down to form the Closed Deck.

Every player has to arrange all the 13 cards in their hand into proper sequences and/or sets. Each player during his/her turn has to pick a card from either Closed or Open Deck and discard one of the hand cards to the Open Deck. The first player who arranges all his/her hand cards into valid sequences and/or set wins the game.

Basic Concepts in Indian Rummy Rules

There are two basic concepts in Indian Rummy:

Sequence: A sequence in Indian Rummy is made of 3 or more consecutive cards of the same suit. For example - A♣ K♣ Q♣ J♣ is group of consecutive cards in the same suit.

Sets: A set in Indian Rummy is made by 3 or 4 cards of the same rank from different suits. For example - 7♥ 7♣ 7♦ is sets of cards in the same rank but of different suits.

Jokers: Jokers (both Wild and Printed) have special roles – they can replace any card to form sequences and sets.

Objective of the Game

As mentioned above, all the cards have to be arranged in proper sequences and/or sets. However, in order to win in rummy, players need to have at least two sequences, one of which must be a pure sequence (without Jokers) and other cards arranged in sequences and/or sets.

How to Win in Indian Rummy

If any player completes the objective of the game, he/she has to discard one card out of the hand cards to the Finish Slot to declare the game. If it is a valid hand, he/she will win with zero points and the points of the losing players will be calculated based on the value of their unmatched cards.