13-card rummy is a mind-sharpening card game in which you need to arrange the 13 cards in your hand, also called a hand, in sequences and/or sets. It is purely a skill-based game and the only luck factor involved is the cards that you are dealt at random at the beginning. A skilled player can easily improve and arrange the cards in his/her hand by discarding the cards that are unlikely to be helpful and picking up favourable cards. Junglee Rummy takes pride in being India’s most trusted and fastest-growing rummy website and offers detailed tutorials to help you learn to play rummy and enjoy the game. You can also try Junglee Rummy’s online rummy app for playing rummy on the go!
It is well known that Indian families stick together like super glue. India is primarily a country of joint families and Indians spend quality time with their family. No matter how hard their daily work gets, people always find ways to spend time with their loved ones. Card games play an indispensable role in bringing families together and promoting family bonding. There will always be a deck of cards in the living room of almost all Indian families. From the young to the old, everybody loves 13-card rummy and the game is one of the most popular card games in India. The gameplay is so exciting that it gives you an adrenaline rush.
Typically the 13-card rummy game is played between 2 or more players and the cards are dealt in a clockwise direction. The rule of the Indian version of rummy is to deal 13 cards each to the players. As a player, you have to create sets and sequences with the 13 cards you are dealt in, to win the game. A card is selected from the deck of the remaining cards, which are left after dealing, to act as a Joker. The Joker can be used to substitute any missing card to arrange your cards into a sequence or set.
The fundamental rule of 13-card rummy is to pick up a card from the open deck or closed deck and to discard a card from your hand. The intent of the game is to arrange your cards into 2 types of combinations known as sequences and sets.
Sequences: A sequence is formed when 3 or more cards of the same suit are arranged in consecutive order of their value. For example: A♠ K♠ Q♠ J♠
Sets: A sets is formed when three or four cards of the same rank/value but different suits are arranged together. For example: A♣ A♥ A♦ A♠
To form sets and sequences, you can actually substitute any missing card with a Joker. However, to declare the game, you must have at least one pure sequence (A sequence with no Joker in it is known as a pure sequence).
The Aces can be used to form sequences with high cards or low cards. You can form a sequence with high cards like Kings, Queens and Jacks (A♠ K♠ Q♠) or with low cards like 2s and 3s (A♠ 2♠ 3♠). But Aces cannot be used with both high cards and low cards together in the same game by a player. For example, this is an invalid sequence:- 2♠ A♠ K♠
To win in a 13-card rummy game, you need to arrange all the 13 cards into sets and sequences. You can win by discarding your final card to the finish the slot and declare your hand for the opponent(s) to see. If your hand declaration is valid, you win with zero points and your losing opponent gets points based on his/her card points, as follows:
If the losing player has not formed even one pure sequence, he/she loses by points equal to the combined value of the cards in his/her hand. But if your opponent has formed a valid pure sequence and other sequence(s)/set(s), he/she loses by points equal to combined value of the unarranged cards.
There are only minor rule changes in the different variants of 13-card rummy. The common rules, including the rules about sets, sequences and Jokers, are the same in all the variants. The only things that differ are the winning objective and how the losers score and the way points are calculated. Some of the common variants are described below:
Points Rummy: The most widely played variation of the 13 card rummy is the 13-card points rummy game. In points rummy, the players play for points, which are assigned equivalent money value. The winner gets no points — points are awarded to players who were unable to finish the game first. For each losing player, points are calculated for those cards which the player was unable to arrange in a sequence or a set. Each card has a certain number of points written on it, which add up to the player’s points. The points are calculated according to the value assigned to each card.
The winner gets the sum of all the points accumulated by the opponents multiplied by the predefined value of each point.
Deals Rummy: Unlike points rummy, deals rummy is played with chips. There is an entry fee for the deals rummy in 13-card rummy. Equal number of chips are distributed to all the players. Each chip is assigned one point. The winner receives the chips equal to the collective number of points of the losing players. Deals rummy is played for a predecided number of deals, for example, 2 deals, 3 deals, etc.
The winner is the player who has got the maximum number of chips at the end of all the deals. The winner receives the sum of the entry fees deposited by all the players.
Pool Rummy: Pool rummy is another variant of 13-card Indian rummy. Pool rummy also has an entry fee. Each table is assigned a point limit like 201 points pool or 101 points pool. The player who reaches the point first gets knocked out of the game. The winner gets zero points. Just as in deals rummy, the winner receives the sum of the entry fees deposited by all the players.
Rummy Tournaments: Rummy tournaments are usually played in casinos and on online rummy websites. Players can compete against others at multiple tables. The maximum number of players per table is limited to 6. The winner receives all the chips from the losing players.
With the availability of the Internet and data technologies in modern times, players can play 13-card rummy online free on their computer and mobile devices. Its variants can also be played on the go, and you can win real cash online. Using your rummy skills, you can play against players from all around the country and win big cash prizes.
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