Indian Rummy

Indian Rummy Game

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  • Introduction
  • Different Variants of Indian Rummy
  • Indian Rummy Wiki
  • Rules of Indian Rummy
    • What is a sequence?
    • What is a set?
    • What is a Joker?
  • How to Play Indian Rummy?
  • How to Win at Indian Rummy?
  • How Points Are Calculated in Indian Rummy?
  • Indian Rummy Tournaments on Junglee Rummy

Rummy is one of the few card games that is played in every part of the world. In India, we tweaked the original game and came up with a unique and more exciting version called Indian Rummy. The game became widespread quickly and went on to become the most popular card game of all time. Also known as Paplu, it was a staple card game during festive seasons and special occasions. When the online version of the game was released, it has become a part of our daily lives. Millions of players love online rummy and participate in exciting rummy tournaments.

Even if you are new to the game, you can learn it quickly and start playing cash games too after playing a few free practice games. There are different types of rummy, but the 13-card game is the most loved variant in India. Let’s take a closer look at a 13-card rummy.

Different Variants of Indian Rummy

Indian Rummy is an engrossing card game that has a lot to offer. It is super-fun, entertaining and comes in exciting variants. You can play and enjoy any one of the following variants of Indian Rummy:

Points Rummy: It is the fastest variant of Indian Rummy. It is a single-deal variant and each point has a predetermined monetary value in cash games.

Deals Rummy: This variant is played for a fixed number of deals and the winner of a deal has zero points.

Pool Rummy: It is the longest format of Indian Rummy that lasts for several deals. Players whose score reaches 101 points (in 101 pool) or 201 points (in 201 pool) get eliminated. The player who is left alone in the end is the winner.

Indian Rummy Wiki

Deadwood: Ungrouped cards or cards that are not used in a sequence or set are called deadwood.

Discard: In Indian Rummy, you need to pick a card and then lay off an unwanted card on each turn. Laying odd cards is called discarding.

Drop: If you get a bad hand, you can drop out of the game/round by using the “Drop” option.

Declaration: When you have formed the required sequences, or sequences and sets, you need to discard the 14th card to the “Finish Slot” and then immediately declare your hand/cards for your opponents to see. That is called a declaration.

Meld: The grouping of cards into sequences and sets is called melding.

Rules of Indian Rummy

Indian Rummy is played by 2 to 6 players. Depending on the number of players, one or two standard decks of cards, including 2 Joker per deck, are used. The objective of the game is to arrange all your 13 cards in sequences, or sequences and sets. For a valid declaration, there should be at least two sequences out of which at least one must be a pure sequence.

What is a sequence?

A group of three or more consecutive cards of the same suit is called a sequence. There are two types of sequences:

Pure Sequence

A sequence in which no card is replaced by a Joker is called a pure sequence. A wild Joker can be used in its original value and as a card of its original suit in a pure sequence.

Examples: These are pure sequences including the wild Joker Pure sequenes including wild joker 1

Pure sequenes including wild joker 2

Impure Sequence

A sequence in which a Joker replaces any other card is called an impure sequence.

Examples: The following are impure sequences, including the wild Joker Impure sequenes including wild joker 1 or the printed Joker:

Impure sequenes including wild joker 2

What is a set?

A set is a group of three or four cards of the same rank but different suits. A Joker can be used as a substitute card in a set.

Examples 1. Without Joker:

Set without Joker

Examples 2. With Joker:

Set with Joker

What is a Joker?

The Joker plays a very important role in Indian Rummy. It can replace any other card in a sequence (impure sequence) or set. There are two types of Jokers in Indian Rummy.

Printed Joker: As the name suggests, a printed Joker has the picture of a joker printed on it.

Wild Joker: At the beginning of the game, a random card is selected as the wild Joker and all the cards of that value then become wild jokers. For example, if the 4 of Spades gets randomly selected as the wild Joker, then the 4 of each suit will become a wild Joker in the game/deal.

How to Use Jokers

The Joker is used as a substitute for missing cards. It is used in an impure sequence or a set. After creating a pure sequence, you can create the remaining sequences/sets using Jokers.

1. Impure Sequences

  • How to use wild joker in impure sequence 1

    Here, 8 is the wild Joker and it has been used to replace 6.

  • How to use wild joker in impure sequence 1

    Here, 7 is the Wild Joker and it has been used to replace K.

  •  How to use wild joker in impure sequence 2

    Here, the printed Joker has bees used to replace 4.

2. Sets

  • Wild Joker as replacement

    Here, 4 is a wild Joker and it has been used as a replacement for 9 or 9.

  • Printed Joker as replacement 1

    Here, the Printed Joker has been used to replace 2 or 2.

  • Printed Joker as replacement 2

    Here, the Printed Joker has been used as a replacement for 4..

3. Pure Sequences

Wild Jokers can be used in pure sequences too. But in a pure sequence, a wild Joker is used in its original value and as a card of its original suit, not as a replacement for any other card. Printed Jokers cannot be used in pure sequences.

For example, if Wild Joker as replacement 1 is a wild Joker

  • Wild Joker in Pure Sequence

    6 7 8 is a pure sequence.

How to Play Indian Rummy?

Indian Rummy is played by 2 to 6 players using one or two standard decks of cards. Each player at the table is dealt 13 cards, one at a time. The remaining cards form the closed deck, kept face down. The top card from the closed deck is placed face up on the table to form the open deck. A random card is selected as the wild Joker and then all the cards of that value become wild Jokers.

A player begins the game by drawing a card from the closed deck or the open deck. On the same turn, the player has to discard one card to the open deck. The discarded card can be picked by the next player or they can pick a card from the closed deck.

On Junglee Rummy, when you have formed the required sequences, or sequences and sets, you need to discard one card from your hand to the “Finish Slot” and then declare your cards for your opponents to see. For a valid declaration, there must be at least two sequences out of which at least one must be a pure sequence and all your cards must be arranged in sequences, or sequences and sets.

Here is an example of a valid declaration.

  • Meld
  • Card
  • Explanation
  • Pure sequence
  • Pure sequence

     Pure Sequence: Valid Declaration
  • This sequence fulfils the requirement of minimum 3 consecutive cards of the same suit. No card has been replaced by a Joker.
  • Impure sequence
  • Impure sequence

     Impure Sequence: Valid Declaration
  • The 6 is a wild Joker and it has been used to replace K.
  • Set 1
  • Set 1

    Four Card Valid Declaration
  • This set has four cards of different suits.
  • Set 2
  • Set 2

    Printed Joker Valid Declaration
  • Here, the Printed Joker has been used to replace K or K.

How to Win at Indian Rummy?

Indian Rummy is a game of skill that can be mastered only with a lot of practice. If you are just getting started, you need to learn all the rummy rules and play as many practice matches as you can.

If you are familiar with the basics, you can use the following tips and tricks to level up your game:

Prioritize creating a pure sequence: When cards are dealt, focus on creating a pure sequence first. A pure sequence consists of three or more consecutive cards of the same suit. It is impossible to win without a pure sequence.

Observe your opponents’ moves: While playing rummy online, it is important to keep an eye on your opponents’ moves. If any opponent at the table picks a card discarded by you, do not discard any connecting card on the following turns.

Discard high-value cards early on: In Indian Rummy, your goal is to reduce your points to zero. As you know high-value cards increase your points if they remain unmatched, discard them early on unless you can easily use them in sequences or sets.

Bluff your opponents: A great strategy to outsmart your opponents is to bluff, especially when you have poor cards. So when you have a bad hand, you can discard a few low value cards and draw cards from the open deck. That will probably make your opponents think that you have an excellent hand and you are going to declare soon, and they might drop out of the game.

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How Points Are Calculated in Indian Rummy?

In Indian Rummy, players have to reduce their score to zero to win as points have a negative value. If you make a valid declaration, you will score zero points and win the game. The points for losing players are calculated on the basis of the ungrouped cards in their hands. For making an invalid declaration in a Points Rummy game, the player gets 80 points as a penalty. That is the highest number of points a player can get in a Points Rummy game.

When you get bad cards, you can choose to quit the game/round by using the “Drop” button. If you drop at the beginning of the game without having picked any card, you get a penalty of 20 penalty points in a Points Rummy game. If you drop in the middle of the game, you get a penalty of 40 points.

In Indian Rummy, the cards ranked from high to low are as follows: A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. The face cards and aces are worth 10 points each, whereas the numbered cards are worth their face values.

In Indian Rummy, the cards ranked from high to low are as follows: A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. The face cards and aces are worth 10 points each, whereas the numbered cards are worth their face values.

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