Rummikub is a variation and combined form of Rummy and Mahjong popular in Europe and in the Americas. The game was invented by a Jew named Hertzano in 1930’s and he later commercialized the game to other parts of the world. The game became the best seller in US in late 70s. The game has won German Game of the Year in 1980 and Dutch Game of the Year 1983.
Rummikub derives the rule from both rummy and mahjong. The game is played with tiles instead of playing cards which makes it easy for calculation of points.
Given below are the steps on how to play a game of Rummikub:
Rummikub uses 106 tiles which are numbered 1-13 along with two or more Joker tiles. The tiles are of 4 different colors, say, red, yellow, black and blue. The game starts when the two players pick two tiles from the sack of tiles. The player who gets higher point tile will start the game. Later the two tiles are placed back on the sack and they have to pick 14 random tiles and arrange them on the Rummikub rack.
A player’s initial move should consist of at least 30 points. If the points won’t make 30, then the player has to take a tile from the sack and have to add it to his rack. This continues until any of the player’s points become 30. Once the initial meld is made, a player can group sets or runs as he wants. If he can’t then he has to take a tile from sack and add it to the rack.
A set should consist of at least 3 tiles. A valid set is known as a group or a run. A run is a combination of tiles of the same color but with 3 or more consecutive numbers. For example - 3,4,5 and 6 is a valid run.
A group is a combination of tiles with different colors but with same values on it. For example – Blue-5, Yellow-5, Black-5, Red-5.
The game continues until all the tiles are used in the rack which is known as Rummikub. Once the winner is declared, the losing player’s points are added to the winner’s cumulative score.
The game of Rummikub is simple. With the addition of rummy rules and joker, the game has become much simpler. If you want to know more about Rummikub and online rummy games, visit www.jungleerummy.com where you can get unlimited entertainment and rewards.