Tong-its is a unique rummy variant very popular in the islands of the Philippines. This rummy variation gained immense popularity in Luzon, the largest island of the Philippines, during the 1990s and bears close resemblance to Tonk Rummy.
Just like several other variations of rummy, Tong-its Rummy is played with a standard deck of 52 cards. You need to meld by forming sets and sequences and get rid of all the cards in your hand. The process of melding cards is called ‘Bahay’ in Tong-its Rummy. The player who gets rid of all the cards in his/her hand first or has the least number of points after the central stack empties wins the game.
Tong-its Rummy has several variations with different game rules. However, the basics remain the same for all the variations. Here is a brief description of the general play of Tong-its Rummy.
Tong-its Rummy is a three-player rummy game. Each rummy player is dealt 12 cards and the rest of the cards are placed to form the central deck. What makes Tong-its Rummy different from other online cash rummy games is that the dealer gets 13 cards. The game begins after a card from the stack of cards is placed face down to form the discard pile. The players need to either pick a card from the discard pile or draw one from the central stack. This process goes on until a player melds all the cards in his/her hand, or the central stack runs out of cards. If the central stack goes empty, the points of all players are calculated, and the player with the lowest points wins the game.
The points carried by the cards are almost similar to the cards’ values in other rummy games.Aces are worth one point each while Jacks, Queens and Kings are worth 10 points each. All the numbered cards have the same points as their face value. For example, 4 of Spades has four points and 10 of Clubs has 10 points.
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