Know your Game for Money and Fame: Classic Rummy

(Last Updated On: April 5, 2022)

As an ardent fan of the evergreen game– has it been your wish to win at a hand of rummy and get lucky with loads of cash? Your wish may soon come true as the online 13 card game, is categorized as a game of “skill” or “strategic skill”, allowing players to play online as well. People would now be able to exhibit their prowess picked up through years of casually playing Indian rummy at home with friends and family. Crazy to this extent that many religiously follow the online versions of the game. In fact, with the e-age dominating our lives, online rummy has come to the rescue of rummy-experts!

What you need to know: The variations of Classic Rummy
A host of variations have floated around, a tweaked version of the Simple or Basic Rummy Online.


Straight Rummy games:
Basic Rummy: Played by 2, 4 or 6 players. A whole set of cards is used and sets discard in a valid groups called “sequences”(such as a series of 3,4,5 in clove) or “groups”(for example similar card such as three 7s – one clover, one heart and one spade)

500 Rummy: More than one card can be taken from the discard stack of cards.

Block Rummy: In this the discard stack is not used, if stock of a player has run out, and the next player does not want to take the discard, the game ends then and there. Scoring is then calculated by valuation of the cards they possess.

Kaluki: Played by 2 to 5 players, predominantly in Britain, a total of 2 packs and 2 jokers make up for 106 cards on the table. The differentiation is that each card is assigned points and the joker can take up any points. Melding sets are formed either through “equal ranked cards” or “runs of serial cards of a suit”

Conquian group of rummy games (Western origin)
Games such as Conquian originated in Latin America, the main difference in style of playing being that cards which are taken from the discard pile are not picked up by the players at all. In fact only if a player wants to immediately form a “meld”, he can pick up and use the last discard. Panguinge and Pitty Pat are other variations of the same.

Asian Rummy games:
In this, a twist is added to Classic Rummy – a variety of colored and decorated cards apart from the deck of cards is used. For example, in a version called “Si Se Pai” which is believed to have originated in China, Chinese four colored chess cards are used. 28 cards of 4 different colors are divided into four identical types. Thus 112 cards plus jokers make up for the game. The Vietnamese play a slightly different version called “Tir Sac”
There are many other versions of rummy games which vary from country to country and preferences of house styles. In fact there is no end to the innovation in this game of wits and presence of mind. Go get your catch and compete with online opponents @!

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