Canasta Rummy is an interesting variation of online rummy games. The game itself has several variations with different rules and varying number of players. However, the basic rules in all the versions are almost the same, with only a slight variation. The most popular versions of canasta are US American Canasta, Bolivian Canasta, Brazilian Canasta and Cuban Canasta.
It is difficult to describe canasta rules in general, as there are several variations of the game. However, some basic rules in all the versions are common. All the canasta versions are played with two standard decks of 104 cards including printed Jokers. Player need to make melds of seven cards of the same rank with the cards in their hand. Because of this feature, Canasta rummy is also known as a classic form of rummy.
Canasta is played in rounds where all the players take turns to pick and discard cards to earn points. The closed deck consists of cards placed face down, which the players draw from. The open deck is the deck of cards discarded by the players. If a player wishes to use a card from the open deck, that card has to be used immediately. And, if the player wishes to discard that into the open deck, he has to pick all the cards in the way.
Players need to make sets with the cards in their hand. A set is a group of cards with at least three cards and can be formed with as many as 7 cards with the help of Jokers. Two types of Jokers are used in Canasta rummy, which makes the game very tricky. There are different winning scores in different types of Canasta rummy. Usually, the first player to score 5000 or the highest points wins the game.