21-Card Rummy is an exciting variation of traditional rummy games. Played with an extra deck of cards, 21-Cards Rummy incorporates a unique blend of interesting game rules and challenging gameplay. Holding 21 physical cards in your hand could get a bit difficult, but JungleeRummy.com offers you an amazing online version of the game that you can play with great ease and have fun!
21-Cards Rummy is played between 2 to 6 players with 3 standard decks of 53 cards each, which include one printed Joker per deck. Just like in other rummy versions, players play for points that have a pre-decided value (in rupees or play points). Before the game starts, each player has to place the minimum amount required on the table and a random toss is made to decide which player will make the first move. Take a look at the game rules below to understand the game well:
Gameplay: 21 cards are dealt to each player and a wild Joker is selected randomly from the deck of cards. The first card from the deck is placed on the open deck and the rest of the cards are placed face down to form a closed deck. Players need to arrange their cards in valid sequences and/or sets by picking a card from the closed or open deck and then discarding one of their cards to the open deck on each turn. The 21-Card Rummy game rules for Jokers and Value Cards are described below:
Jokers: Jokers are special cards that can be used to replace any other card to form sequences and sets. For example, if 7♣ is selected as the wild Joker, then 7s of all suits can be used as wild Jokers to form sequences and sets.
Value Cards: Value Cards are used in addition to Jokers in the game. They can replace any card to form sequences and sets. There are three different types of Value Cards, which play special roles:
Cut Joker: The specific card which is randomly selected as the wild Joker at the beginning of the game is called the Cut Joker. For example, if 5♣ is selected the wild Joker randomly, then 5♣ will be called the Cut Joker in 21-Card Rummy.
Upper Joker: The card which is one rank above the Cut Joker and is of the same suit as the Cut Joker is called the Upper Joker. For example, 6♣ will be the Upper Joker if 5♣ is the Cut Joker.
Lower Joker: The card which is one rank below the Cut Joker and is of the same suit as the Cut Joker is called the Lower Joker. For example, 4♣ will be the Lower Joker if 5♣ is the Cut Joker.
Note: If a Printed Joker is selected as the wild Joker, then Ace of Spades becomes the Cut Joker. Subsequently, the Lower Joker will be K♠ and the Upper Joker will be 2♠.
Upper and Lower Jokers can be used to form pure sequences, just like the way Jokers are used in 13-Cards Rummy. For example, the Upper Joker 2♣ can be used to form a pure sequence of 2♣, 3♣, 4♣. However, when used with other groups, it will be considered an impure sequence, for example in 9♠, 10♠, 2♣.
The concepts of Tunnela and Dublee make 21-Cards Rummy one of the most exciting variants of rummy. Find out how to play the game with Tunnela and Dublee:
Tunnela: A Tunnela, is a group of three matching cards of the same rank and the same suit. For example, 8♣, 8♣, 8♣ is a Tunnela, as all the three cards are of the same rank (8) and of the same suit (♣). A Joker cannot be used to form Tunnela. However, three printed Jokers grouped together form a valid Tunnela.
A Tunnela is considered a pure sequence. So, if you have three cards of the same suit and value grouped together, it will be considered a pure sequence.
Dublee: A Dublee is a group of two matching cards of the same suit and the same rank. For example, 4♠, 4♠ is a Dublee, as both the cards are of the same rank (4) and of the same suit (♠). Though Jokers cannot be used to form a Tunnela, two printed Jokers grouped together can form a valid Dublee.
You need to complete any of the following objectives and then discard one of your cards to the Finish slot to declare your game. The 21-Card Rummy game rules for winning the game are as follows:
Minimum 3 pure equences and the remaining cards arranged in sets or sequences.
3 Tunnelas in separate groups. The rest of the cards need not be arranged in sets or sequences.
• 8 Dublees in separate groups. The rest of the cards need not be arranged in sets or sequences.
• 8 Jokers in a single group. The rest of the cards need not be arranged in sets or sequences.
The gameplay comes to an end when one of the players makes a valid declaration. Look at the points below to understand how to calculate points in 21-Card Rummy:
The game rules for assigning points to each card are described below:
• Js, Qs, Ks and A’s of all the suits carry 10 points each.
• All the numbered cards carry points equal to their face value. For example, 4 of Spades carries 4 points and 9 of Clubs carries 9 points.
• Jokers carry zero points each.
The calculation of points varies between winning and losing players in 21-Card Rummy.
Winning Player: When a player wins a game, after making a valid declaration, he wins points from the losing players. In other words, he gets points equal to the sum of the points lost by all the losing players. The winner’s points shown on the game result screen are always in the positive.
Losing Player: The points of the losing players are always shown in the negative on the game result screen, as they lose those points to the winner. For example, if a player loses a total of 50 points, his points will be shown as -50.
A player can lose a maximum of 120 points in one game, irrespective of the total points value of his/her cards. For example, if a player’s sum of points is 180,he will lose with only 120 points. Read on to learn how to play 21-Card Rummy and calculate points of the losing players:
• No Pure Sequence: If a losing player has not formed any pure sequence, the points carried by all the cards will be added up.
• Less than 3 Pure Sequences: If a losing player has formed one or more pure sequences, only the points carried by pure sequences are not counted.
• 3 Pure Sequences: If a losing player has formed three pure sequences, then the points carried by the impure sequences and sets are not counted.
2-Point Loss Rule: A losing player can lose only 2 points if he declares with the following groups of cards in his/her hand:
• 3 Pure Sequences with all the other cards arranged in valid sets or sequences.
• 6 or more pairs of Dublees with each Dublee placed as a separate group.
• 7 or more Jokers with all the jokers grouped as one independent group.
Drop Points & Consecutive Misses
First and middle drops have different points; the middle drop is more than the double of the first drop. The 21-Card Rummy game rules for the drops, declaration and misses are as follows:
First Drop: If a player drops during his very first move (without picking any card), he loses 30 points.
Middle Drop: If a player drops after the first move (after picking a card), he loses 70 points.
Consecutive Misses: Every player is given some extra time to make his/her move. If a player still misses three consecutive moves, he gets a middle drop score of 70 points.
Invalid Declaration: If a player declares without completing the objective of the game, he loses 120 points.
Points for Losing before Making the First Move
If a player loses a game before making his first move, he loses points half the value of the cards in his/her hand. For example, if the sum of the points carried by the cards in the losing player’s hand is 50, then the player loses only by 25 points.
The minimum points that a player can lose by in this scenario is 2, even if the sum of the cards in his/her hand is 2, 3, 4 or 5. The maximum points that a player can lose is 60, even if the total in points is 120 or above.
Value cards in 21-Cards Rummy are the Cut Joker, the Upper Joker and the Lower Joker. Besides replacing any cards to form sequences and sets, value cards play a special role. Every non-dropped player gets positive scores if he/she has value cards in his/her hand and gets negative scores if the other non-dropped players have value cards in their hands.
Value Card | Single Card | Two Cards | Three Cards |
Cut Joker | 10 | 30 | 50 |
Upper Joker | 10 | 30 | 50 |
Lower Joker | 10 | 30 | 50 |
Some examples of Value Cards scores are given below:
Value Cards Held by Players | Points Received from Each Non-dropped Player |
2 Upper Jokers | 30 |
1 Upper Joker, 1 Lower Joker | 20 |
2 Upper Jokers, 1 Lower Joker | 40 |
2 Same Suit Jokers, 2 Lower Jokers | 60 |
1 Upper Joker, 1 Lower Joker, 1 Same Suit Joker | 100 |
One Cut Joker, one Lower Joker and one Upper Joker of the same suit form a Marriage. For example, if 8♥ is the Cut Joker, you can form a Marriage by grouping 7♥, 8♥ and 9♥ together. A player with Marriage in his/her hand gets 100 points from each of the non-dropped players.
Single Marriage | Two Marriages | Three Marriages | |
Points | 100 | 300 | 500 |
Note – A Marriage can be used as Jokers in 21-Cards Rummy to form sequences and sets. It is not necessary to declare it as a sequence to receive positive points. However, on making an invalid declaration, the losing player will exchange points with the other players for his value cards.
Several factors are taken into consideration while calculating the total scores in 21-Cards Rummy. The number of value cards in the hand and the number of Dublees and Jokers plays a big role in the game.
Look at this example to understand how the total scores are calculated in a game of 6 players:
Player 1 | Player 2 | Player 3 | Player 4 | Player 5 | Player 6 | |
Points Won | -2 (6 Pairs of Dublees) | -50 | First Drop = -30 | First Drop = -30 | (2+50+30+30+70 = 182 (Declared) | Middle Drop = -70 |
Value Cards | 2 Lower Jokers | 1 Marriage | None | None | 1 Cut Joker | 1 Cut Joker |
Points received for Value Cards | 30x2 = 60 | 100x2=200 | 0 | 0 | 10x2 = 20 | 0 |
Points Given to others for value cards | -100-10 | -30-10 | 0 | 0 | -100-30 | 0 |
Net Score | -52 | 120 | -30 | -30 | 72 | -70 |
The Net Score or the Total Loss (points lost + value cards score) that a player has to bear is capped at -200. For example, in a game of 2 players, if the sum of the losing player’s cards value is 110 points and he needs to give another 100 points (value cards score) to his opponent due to Marriage in hand, his total loss will be capped at 200 points, irrespective of the total points lost by him.
The total score is calculated by using a simple formula:
Total Score = Winner’s Positive Points and the Negative Points of the others + Value Cards Points received from each non-dropped player – Value Card Points given to each non-dropped player. The calculation of the cash won by players who have a positive score at the end of the game is done by using the following simple formula:
Winnings = (Positive Score of the Winner X Rupee-value of the point) – JungleeRummy.com Fees. For example, if 4 players play a Rs.2/Point game and a player wins the game by making a valid declaration. The remaining three players get total scores of -20, -30 and -40 points. The winner's total prize will be calculated as 2 x (20 + 30 + 40) = Rs.180. The winning amount will be automatically credited to the winner's account after deduction of the JungleeRummy Fee.