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Contract Rummy

Contract Rummy is quite a unique variation of traditional rummy games. It is popularly known as Joker Rummy and Wild Rummy. The game is played between 3 to 8 players. The number of decks changes as the number of players increase — 2 decks are used up to 4 players, 3 decks are used when 5 or 6 players play the game and 4 decks are used when there are 7 or 8 players.

Rules of Contract Rummy

The rules to play Contract Rummy are quite similar to Gin Rummy rules as printed Jokers and wild Jokers are used in the game. Contract Rummy is played for seven deals and the rules for each deal are different. There are many variations of the rules, so this article explains the general rules that are used commonly to play the game.

One player is chosen as the dealer in the first hand and the player his/her left becomes the dealer in subsequent deals. Each player is dealt 10 cards in the first four deals and 12 cards are dealt to each player in each of the last three deals.

When all the cards have been dealt, one card from the deck is placed face up to form the discard pile and the rest of the cards are placed face down to form the stockpile. A player has to pick up a card from either stockpile or discard pile on his/her turn and then place a hand card on the discard pile.

Objective of the Game

The objective of Contract Rummy is to meld all the cards in the hand into sets and sequences. There are different contract requirements for each deal. For example, the contract requirement for the first deal is two sets. The game goes on until a player goes out or discards the last card in the hand while melding.

Different types of contracts that follow in successive rounds are as below:

• Two groups of three cards each (six cards in total)
• One group of three cards and a sequence of four cards (seven cards formation)
• Two sequences of four cards (eight cards in total)
• Three groups of three cards each (a total of nine cards)
• Two groups of three cards each and one sequence of four cards(ten cards in total)
• One group of three cards and two sequences of four cards each (a total of eleven cards)
• Three sequences of four cards each and no discard

Points Calculation in Contract Rummy

There are different points assigned to each card in Contract Rummy. All the numbered cards have the same value as their face value. For example, a 4 of Hearts has 4 points and a 9 of Spades has 9 points. However, each Jack, Queen and King has 10 points and all the Aces carry 15 points each. Jokers carry exceptionally high points — each Joker, wild or printed, carries 25 points.

As you saw, Contract Rummy is as easy as 13-Card Rummy. So, pick up some additional decks of cards and play this interesting game with your friends, relatives or anybody. Who knows, you could be a natural master of Contract Rummy and a big winner!

To learn to play more exciting variations of rummy, go to our “Rummy Variation” section and learn different variants of the game. Every variant game rules are as interesting as Indian Rummy and you can learn them on Junglee Rummy with ease.