Pool rummy is an exciting variation of 13 cards rummy. There is a fixed entry fee that every player has to pay for playing the game of pool rummy. Players get eliminated once their accumulated scores reach the maximum points limit on the table – 101 Points Pool or 201 Points Pool. The winner of every deal gets zero points and wins the prize pool.
What makes Pool Rummy Different from Points Rummy?
The gameplay of Pool Rummy is almost similar to Points rummy. However, element of elimination makes the game a lot more competitive than other forms of rummy.
Elimination:
A game of Pool Rummy takes longer time to end due to the element of elimination. A player gets eliminated when his/her points reaches the maximum limit defined on the particular type of table – 101 Points Pool or 201 Points Pool.
When a player loses a game, his losing points are carried to the next round. For example, in a 101 Pool Rummy game of four players, if a player loses a game with 80 points, then his points are carried to the next round. Again if the same player loses with 40 points, he is eliminated from the game, as his accumulated point is 120 (80+40), which is more than 101. Similarly, the game continues till all the players are eliminated and one single player survives without accumulating a total sum of 101 Pool Points.
How to play Pool Rummy at Junglee Rummy?
Pool rummy is as simple as Points Rummy. Only the aspect of elimination makes the game different than other forms of rummy. Here is a detailed description on how to play Pool Rummy at Junglee Rummy.
Cards and Players:
Pool Rummy is usually played with two or more packs of standard packs of 53 cards each including a printer joker per pack. The game can be played with 2 to 6 players and 13 cards are dealt randomly to each player.
Entry Fee and Toss:
You need to pay a fixed entry fee to join Pool Rummy table. The entry fees collected from all the players form the Prize Pool. A random toss is made during the starting of the game to decide the player who will make the first move.
Objective of the Game:
Pool Rummy is a card game of picks and discards. Though picks and discards, one has to arrange all the 13 cards in their hand into sequences and/or sets. To win the game, one must have at least two sequences, one of which has to be a one pure sequence and other cards arranged in valid sequences and/or sets. Players need to survive the game without accumulating the pool limit – 101 or 201 pool points.
Game Play:
After the toss is made, a wild joker is randomly selected from the deck and 13 cards are dealt to each player. When all the cards are distributed to each player, the first card from the pack of card is placed on the Open Deck and the remaining cards are placed face-down as the Closed Deck. Each player has to pick a card from Open or Closed Deck and then discard one of the cards in their hand on the Open Deck. Through picks and discards, one has to arrange all the cards in the hand in sequences and/or sets. When one completes the objective of the game, he/she has to discard one of the cards in the hand on the Finish Slot to declare the game.
Jokers:
Jokers serve special role in the game of Pool Rummy. They can be used to replace other cards to form sequences and sets. There are two types of Jokers– Wild and Printed Jokers. Wild Joker is selected randomly at the beginning of the game and the all the suits of the selected card serves as a Wild Joker. The other one is the Printed Joker that comes with the pack of cards. Any sequence formed with Joker is called as impure sequence, except the ones formed with the Wild Joker of the same suit and continuity. If the Printed Joker is selected randomly as the Wild Joker, then Aces of all suits act as Wild Joker.
How are scores calculated in Pool Rummy?
In each round of Pool Rummy, the winner of the game gets zero points and the points of the losing players are calculated based on the points of the cards that they have in their hand:
As of all suits have 10 points
Ks of all suits have 10 points
Qs of all suits have 10 points
Js of all suits have 10 points
All other cards carry the same points as their face numerical value. For example, 9 of Spades carries 9 points and 2 of Hearts carry 2 points.
Losing Points:
• If the losing player has two sequences along with a pure sequence, then the points of the cards that are not arranged in sequences and sets are calculated.
• If the losing player does not have two sequences – a pure and pure/impure sequence, then the points of all the cards are calculated.
• If a player declares the game without completing the objective of the game, then he gets 80 points.
• If a player misses three consecutive turns in Pool Rummy, then he gets the score of middle drop – 40 points in 101 Pool Rummy and 50 points in 201 Pool Rummy.
How is the winning cash amount calculated in Pool Rummy?
A simple formula is used in Junglee Rummy to calculate the winning amount in Pool Rummy
Winning Amount = (Entry Fee) x (Number of Players) - Junglee Rummy Fees
For example, if Rs. 50 is the entry fee in a Pool Rummy game of 6 players, then the prize pool is Rs. 300. The winner will win the Pool Prize of Rs. 300 and the amount will be credited to the winner’s account after deduction of Junglee Rummy Fees.
What is the Drop score in Pool Rummy?
A player has the option to drop the game by clicking on the Drop button. Once a player clicks on the Drop button, the player will be dropped the current deal and will join back in the next deal with a penalty of drop scores.
Pool 101
Pool 201
First Drop
20
25
Middle Drop
40
50
Can a player rejoin a game of Pool Rummy?
Players who are eliminated from a game of Pool Rummy can rejoin the game if the highest score among the players who are not eliminated is less than or equal to 79 points in 101 Pool Rummy and 174 points in 201 Pool Rummy games. One can rejoin a game only after elimination and before the next deal begins.
Does one have to pay an entry fee to rejoin a Pool Rummy game?
Yes, one has to pay entry fee to rejoin a game of Pool Rummy. The entry fee will be deducted from the player’s account every time he opts to rejoin the game.
What is the starting score while rejoining a game?
Whenever a player rejoins a game, the starting score of the player will be 1 point above the highest score among the players who are still playing the game. For example, if three players are still playing 101 Pool Rummy with individual scores of 56, 34 and 19, then the player who rejoins will have a starting score of 57.
How many times can one rejoin a Pool Rummy game?
One can rejoin a game of Pool Rummy as long as there is enough balance in the account to pay the entry fee and the highest score amongst the players who are playing is less than or equal to 79 points in 101 Pool Rummy and 174 points in 201 Pool Rummy.
How does the Split Option work in Pool Rummy Games?
The Split Option will work when there are only two or three players left on a table which initially started off with more than two players. There are two types of Split Option in Pool Rummy Games:
• Auto Split
• Manual Split
Auto Split
There are different rules for 2-Player Auto Split and 3-Player Auto Split:
2-Player Auto Split: This is applicable on 101 and 201 pool tables which initially started off with more than two players.
101 Pool Tables: The Auto Split option will work when only two players are left at the tables and each of them has a game count of 81 or higher. When auto split is used, the prize will be automatically split between the two players. For example, if Player A has 90 points and Player B has 85 points, the prize will be equally split between the two players.
201 Pool Tables: This will work when only two players are left at the tables and each of them has a game count of 176 or higher. When auto split is used, the prize will be automatically split between the two players. For example, if Player A has 180 points and Player B has 190 points, the prize will be equally split between the two players.
3-Player Auto Split: This applicable on both 101 and 201 pool tables which initially started off with three or more players. The rules also apply if a third player rejoins after being eliminated from the game.
101 Pool Tables: The Auto Split option will work when only three players are left at the tables and each of them has a game count of 81 or higher. When auto split is used, the prize will be automatically split between the three players. For example, if Player A has 90 points, Player B has 85 points and Player C has 100 points, the prize will be equally split between the three players.
201 Pool Tables: This will work when only three players are left at the tables and each of them has a game count of 176 or higher. When auto split is used, the prize will be automatically split between the two players. For example, if Player A has 180 points, Player B has 190 points and Player C has 200 points, the prize will be equally split between the three players.
Manual Split
There are different rules for 2-Player Auto Split and 3-Player Manual Split:
2-Player Manual Split: This is applicable on 101 and 201 pool tables that started off with two or more players. If the players agree for a mutual split, then the prize will be equally split between the players.
3-Player Manual Split: This is applicable on 101 and 201 pool tables that started off with three or more players. It is also applicable if a third player rejoins after being eliminated. The manual split is applicable if the difference in the number of drops possible for any two of the three players will not be greater than two during a game. When manual split occurs, the prize will be equally distributed among the players. Also, Manual Split will work in 101 pool games when the Total Score at the end of a round of all players is greater than or equal to 61. The same case applies in 201 pool games when the Total Score is greater than or equal to 151.