What is Pool Rummy?

Pool Rummy is a type of Indian Rummy that involves a fixed entry fee paid by players, which is added to the prize pool. This particular variation is known for being the longest version of the game and comes in two formats: 101 pool and 201 pool. In both formats, players are eliminated from the game once their score reaches 101 points or 201 points, respectively.

In Classic Rummy, the number of winnings for a Pool Rummy game is determined using the following formula:

Winnings = [Entry Fee X Number of Players] - Classic Rummy Fee.

How to Play 101 & 201 Pool Rummy Game?

There are two variants of Pool Rummy: 101 rummy and 201 rummy. The aim of the game is to ensure that a player's score remains below 101 or 201, depending on the variant being played. Players can decide how much they want to wager before the game starts.

Although the gameplay of Pool Rummy is similar to Points Rummy, it stands out from other versions as players can be eliminated. Let's examine this game in more detail.

Game Type 101/201 Pool
Players per table 2 to 6
Split Winnings Yes
Maximum Loss (per round) 80 Points
Wrong Show Loss of 80 Points
Auto Drop Yes
Drop Points 101: First Drop - 20, Middle Drop - 40, Full Count - 80
201: First Drop - 25, Middle Drop - 50, Full Count - 80
Re-Join If no player has above 79 points for 101 pool
If no player has above 174 points for 201 pool
Decks 1 Deck for Two Player Table
2 Decks for Six Player Table

Pool Rummy Rules

How is Score Calculated in Pool Rummy?

Pool Rummy is a game that aims to achieve the lowest score possible and avoid surpassing the maximum pool limit of 101 points (in 101 pool) or 201 points (in 201 pool). The winner of the game receives zero points, while the losing players earn points based on the ungrouped cards in their hands.

Face cards (Ks, Qs, Js) and Aces (A's) have a value of 10 points each, while numbered cards (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) have a value equal to their face value. Jokers (printed/wild) have zero points.

In a Pool Rummy game, the prize money is distributed among players based on their drop counts. The "Split" option is available in 101 Pool Rummy when the total score of all players is 61 or more, and in 201 Pool when the total score is 151 or more. However, this option can only be used if all players agree to split the prize money.

The winner's score is calculated using the formula:

Winnings = (Entry fee X Number of players) - Classic Rummy fee.

The losing players' scores are calculated differently depending on their gameplay. If a player creates two sequences, including a pure sequence, only the points of the ungrouped cards will be added up. If a player declares without any sequence, the points of all the cards will be added up. An invalid declaration results in a penalty of 80 points, while missing three consecutive turns leads to automatic elimination from the game with a penalty of 40 points in 101 Pool rummy and 50 points in 201 Pool rummy.

In Pool Rummy, a player gets eliminated upon reaching the maximum score limit of 101 points (in 101 pool) or 201 points (in 201 pool).

Using the "Drop" button allows a player to leave the deal, but re-joining the game incurs penalty points.

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