Kalooki Rummy is an interesting version of online rummy games, which is very popular in Jamaica. This online rummy game itself has many variations of its own and the variants are played in different parts of Jamaica. It is quite difficult to discuss about the rules of Kalooki rummy, as there are many variations of the game. However, we can talk in the general about the rules of this online rummy game and the way it is played.
The number of players varies from three to eight players and two or more packs of cards are used, which depends 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 different point value assigned for each card is as follows:
Joker – 50 Points
Black Ace – 15 Points
King, Queen, Jack – 10 Points
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 and Q-Q-Q-Q.
4 – A ‘4’ is a group of four or more consecutive cards in the same suit. For example, a group of 6♥-7♥-8♥-9♥-10♥
Jokers – They can be used to substitute any card to form 3 or 4. For example, 2♥-J♥-4♥-J-6♥
Nine cards are distributed to each player and the online 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) during 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 Joker on 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 discarded card by another player when it’s not the turn to play on the next turn. The player whose turn has come can either give the discarded card or refuse the call during the game of online rummy.
A game of online rummy goes on till the time a player gets rid of all the cards in the hand. The score of remaining players add as cumulative points. The player with the least cumulative score at the end of the game is declared as the winner.