500 Rummy is one of the most popular variations of online rummy games. The rules of 500 Rummy have also influenced the widely played game of Canasta Rummy. What sets 500 Rummy apart is that the players score on the value of the melding sets. Due to massive popularity, this rummy game is also known as Pinochle Rummy, 500 Rum, Michigan Rummy and Rum 500.
The online rummy game is played with a standard French deck that has 52 to 54 cards including Jokers. It is ideal to play with three to five players but up to eight players can play it as well. When more than five players play the game, double pack is used with 108 cards.
Jokers have 15 points
Ace cards have 15 points
Kings, Jacks and Queens have 10 points
All Kings, Queens and Jacks have 10 points
All other cards have the same points as their numerical value.
When two players play the game, 13 cards are distributed to each player. When three or more players play it, 7 cards are dealt to each player. Ace is considered as the lowest card in the draw and player with the lowest card deals first. The winner of the game becomes the dealer in the next game.
The players have to score by laying down and laying off cards in sequences and sets. Each player has to draw a card from the closed or open deck. While drawing card from the Open Deck, one has to draw all the cards that are placed on top of the selected card. The picked card has to be used by laying it down in a set or with on any set on the table.
The players need to lay down sets or sequences on the table. The game is over until a player has no cards in his hand or when no cards are left in the closed deck.
The game ends when any player discards the last card in the hand. Each player scores according to the point value of all cards shown by him or her on the table. The points of the remaining cards are subtracted from the total points on the table. The first player who scores more than 500 points wins the game. If more than one player scores more than 500, the player with the highest score wins the game.
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