Rummy 500 or 500 Rummy is one of the most popular variations of online rummy games. The rules of 500 Rummy have also influenced the widely played game of Canasta. What sets 500 Rummy apart is that the players score according to the value of the cards in the sets melded. This enormously popular rummy game is also known as Pinochle Rummy, 500 Rum, Michigan Rummy and Rum 500.
AN online 500 Rummy game is played with a standard French deck, which has 52 to 54 cards including Jokers. It is ideal to play with three to five players but up to eight players can play. When more than five players play the game, a double pack with 108 cards is used.
Jokers have 15 points each.
Aces have 15 points each.
Kings, Jacks and Queens have 10 points each.
All the Kings, Queens and Jacks have 10 points each.
All the other cards have the same points as their face value.
When two players play the game, 13 cards are dealt to each player. When three or more players play it, 7 cards are dealt to each player. The Ace is considered the lowest card in the draw and the player with the lowest card deals first. The winner of the game becomes the dealer in the next game.
The players score by laying down and laying off cards in sequences and sets. Each player has to draw a card from the closed or open deck on his/her turn. While drawing a card from the open deck, one has to draw all the cards that are placed on top of the selected card. The picked card has to be used by laying it down in a set or with any set on the table.
The players need to lay down sets or sequences on the table. The game is over when a player has no cards left with him/her or when no cards are left in the closed deck.
The game ends when any player discards the last card in his/her hand. Each player scores according to the point value of all the cards shown by him or her on the table. The points of the remaining cards are subtracted from the total points on the table. The player who scores more than 500 points first wins the game. If more than one player scores more than 500 points, the player with the highest score wins the game.
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