Gin Rummy is one of the widely played online rummy games in the world. The game is said to have evolved from Whisky Poker, as the gameplay in Gin Rummy is faster than most of the other forms of online rummy game. The game is so popular that it has a number of variants of its own like Hollywood Gin, Straight Gin, and Oklahoma Gin.
Gin Rummy is played between two players with a standard deck of 52 cards. Each player is dealt 10 cards and they need to improve their hand by melding cards to form sets and sequences and eliminating unmatched cards.
The Aces of all the suits have 1 point each.
Face cards such as Kings, Queens and Jacks have 10 points each.
All other cards carry the same points as their face value. For example, a 5 of Spades has 5 points.
One distinctive aspect of the game is that Aces have a low value and can be used to form sequences with 2 and 3. However, Aces cannot be used to form a sequence with Kings and Queens.
You need to arrange the cards in your hand in sets and sequences with the unarranged cards having the least points value. The process of forming sets and sequences is called melding and the unmatched or unarranged cards are called deadwood cards.
You need to draw a card from either the closed deck or the open deck and then discard one of your cards to the closed deck. The process of picking and discarding cards continues until one player ends the game of online rummy by knocking or going gin.
In most of the Gin Rummy games online, a player can knock when he/she has 10 or less points of deadwood cards. When you knock with 0 points of deadwood cards, it is called going gin and if you knock with deadwood points, it is called going down. The player with no deadwood cards may choose not to knock in order to accomplish Big Gin and get more points with an additional card making the hand of 11 cards. Online rummy games players can knock by announcing that they are knocking by placing the discarded card face down in the open deck.
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