Classic Rummy Online – Your Technical Guide

(Last Updated On: February 17, 2020)

You have always wanted to be a master of cards, especially the popular game of Rummy which all your family seems to have a great hand at, and you are left clueless wondering about the rule of the game? Fret not, for here is an insight into the technicalities of Classic Rummy.

rummy-technical-guideKnow the Basics
Classic Rummy, even in the online rummy version, is played with 2 decks of cards and two jokers to accompany the deck. Ace is typically used as a “1” or a face card. To start off with, each player is given a set of 13 cards and the rest of the cards are arranged in two stacks for drawing and discarding.

Key terms to remember

    • Dealing: This is the act of distributing the cards to the
      players at the start of the 13 cards rummy game.
    • Drop: If a player chooses not to play a round, it is called a drop.
    • Full Count: The maximum possible score in a round is called the “Full Count”. This is typically 80 in Classic Rummy.
    • Life: A sequence of at least 3 cards of the same suit is called a “Life” (no joker). For example, a series of 3, 4 and 5 of Spades is a “Life”.
    • Set: A sequence of 3 or 4 cards with the same numbers but belonging to different suits. For example 3 Kings – Spade, Heart and Diamond is a Set.
    • Draw and Discard: This is done from either of the 2 piles – the closed one or the open one. When a player’s turn arrives, the draw-discard is done. On the other hand he or she can also choose to “pass” or not play the turn.
    • Show: Heard of someone calling for a “show” and were you left wondering whose going to put up a performance at the venue? A show is where a player demonstrates his “group” of cards, arranged in the required order of 3, 3, 3 and 4 cards. The part where the players shows his group of cards for validation is called a “Show”
    • Meld: So you have all your cards arranged in groups and are ready to “Show” it to the world. Prior to this, a particular arrangement needs to be done – i.e. arrange the cards in Live or Sets. This action is called “Melding”.

Special Online Rummy features

  • Group: As a player do you wish to group the cards as per your choice? You are welcome to do so by selecting two or more cards and then clicking on “Group”. A separate group shall be created using those cards! This is an online rummy feature.
  • Auto Play: Another useful feature which allows for continuity in case of online disconnection is “Auto Play” i.e. if you have withdrawn at least one card, auto play comes into picture and you continue playing. Typically, three rounds of auto play happen once disconnected.

Now that you have a hang of the technical terms that people seem to patter off, log on to and get a practical hand at the online Rummy game!

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