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101 Pool Rummy: This type of game variation has the element of elimination in every deal. The game goes on for many deals until all the players are eliminated on crossing 101 points. The losing players get based on the value of unmatched cards at the end of each deal. Whenever a player crosses 101 points, he is eliminated from the game and the player who survives till the end is declared as the winner.

201 Pool Rummy: The game of 201 Pool Rummy is similar to 101 Pool Rummy where players are eliminated when they cross 201 points. The player who makes it till the end, without accumulating 201 points wins the game.

Ace: Four aces are used in a standard deck of 52 cards in rummy. They appear in the different suits of clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades. Aces can be used to form a lower value sequence like Ace two three or they can be used to form a sequence with high cards like Ace, King and Queen. The points carried by each ace are 10; and, if a Printed Joker is selected as the Wild Joker, then Aces act as the Wild Jokers along with the Printed Joker.

Best of Three: It is a form of Deals Rummy where players play for three rounds. The player who wins maximum number of chips from the opponents at the end of the three deals is declared as the winner.

Buy In: It refers to the cash amount that one pays in order to enter a cash rummy tournament. This is also commonly referred to as ‘Entry Fee’ which the player puts at stake. The accumulative buy-in forms the prize pool which is won by the top players of the tournament. In some tournaments, loyalty points also form as the buy-in, which forms the registration criteria for the tournament.

Closed Deck: It refers to a deck of face down card that remains un-dealt after all the cards are distributed to each player. When the game begins, players can pick cards from the Closed Deck during their turns. The Closed Deck is reshuffled when all the cards are picked by the players.

Deal: It refers to the distribution of cards to every player by the dealer at the start of every hand. The dealing takes plays after the random toss is made.

Dealer: The player who deals the card at the start of every hand is called as the dealer. In offline games, the players themselves decide on who should be the dealer of the game.

Deck: It refers to the pack of cards used in rummy games. A regular deck has 52 cards. In 13 cards rummy, two decks of cards are used along with the printed jokers.

Declare: When a player completes the objective of 13 cards rummy, he/she finishes the game by discarding a card to the finish slot and declaring the hand cards to the opponents.

Discard: During the player’s turn, he/she has to draw a card from the Closed or Open Deck and then puts a card facing up to the Open Deck. This process of putting up a card to the Open Deck is called as discarding a card.

Draw: During the player’s turn, he/she has to pick card from the Closed or Open Deck. This process is called as drawing a card.

Drop: A player has the option to quit or leave the game. In online rummy, they can ‘drop’ the game during their turn by clicking on the Drop button.

Face Card: All Kings, Queens, Aces and Jacks of all suits are called as Face Cards

Hand: The cards that are dealt to a player during the beginning of the game are called as the Hand. Each player has to arrange his/her hand into sequences and/or sets.

Impure Sequence:
A group of three or more consecutive cards of the same suit formed with a Joker is called as an Impure Sequence.

Pure Sequence: A group of three or more consecutive cards of the same suit formed without a Joker is called as a Pure Sequence.

Set: A group of three or four cards of the same rank but of different suits is called a Set.

Unmatched Cards: When a game gets over, the groups of cards that the losing players fail to make into sets or sequences are called Unmatched Cards.

Wild Joker: The card that which is declared as the Joker after the dealer distributes all the cards is called as the Wild Joker. It can replace any card to form sequences or sets.

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