Kalooki Rummy is an interesting version of online rummy and is very popular in Jamaica. This online rummy game has a number of variations of its own and the variants are played in different parts of Jamaica. It is quite difficult to describe the rules of all the versions of Kalooki rummy here, so let’s talk about the rules of this online rummy game in general.
The number of players varies from three to eight and two or more packs of cards are used, depending on the number of players. The objective of the game is to finish the game by laying down all of the cards in hand. The points value assigned to each card is as follows:
Joker: 50 points
Black Ace: 15 points
King, Queen, Jack: 10 points each
2 to 10: face values
Red Ace – 1 point
3: A ‘3’ is a group of three or more cards of the same rank. For example, 6, 6, 6 or Q, Q, Q, Q.
4: A ‘4’ is a group of four or more consecutive cards of the same suit. For example, a group of 6♥, 7♥, 8♥, 9♥, 10♥.
Jokers: Jokers can be used to replace any card to form a 3 or 4. For example, 2♥, J♥, 4♥, J-6♥.
Nine cards are dealt to each player and the online Kalooki Rummy game begins after a card is turned face up to form the discard pile and the remaining cards are stacked face down to form the closed deck. As it is a game of picks and discards, each player has to pluck, discard and lay (optional) on their turn.
Pluck: Picking a card from the closed deck of face-down cards or a card from the discard pile.
Discard: Discarding one of the cards, other than the Joker, to the discard pile.
Lay: Laying down cards is optional. However, when a player lays down cards, he/she can add cards to any of the sets placed on the table.
Players also have the option to ‘Call’ and take a card discarded by another player when it’s not their turn to play. The player whose turn has come can either give the discarded card or refuse the call.
A game of online Kalooki Rummy goes on until a player gets rid of all the cards in his/her hand. The score of the remaining players is added up as cumulative points. The player with the least cumulative score at the end of the game is declared the winner.