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How to Play Rummy Card Game: Learn 13 Card Game Rules

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How to Play Rummy

How To Play Indian Rummy (13 Card Game Rules)

Objective is to make the best combinations of cards in the form of Sets or Sequences. To win, one has to declare first and then meld the cards in hand correctly. Game is played with two decks of cards consisting of 52 cards and 2 face Jokers each.


Rummy Joker Card

All cards with the same rank as the card below the closed deck are considered jokers. A joker functions as a substitute to any card.


A sequences consists of three or more cards of the same suit in order

Pure Sequence A Sequence without Jokers
Impure Sequence Sequences that can contain jokers
First Life First life is a first pure sequence
Second Life Second Life is a second pure sequence or the first impure sequence

Note - A second Life is not valid until you have a First Life

Rummy Cards Sequence


Sets are a group of 3 or 4 cards with same rank but different suite. Sets can contain Jokers.

Note - Sets are not valid until you have a first life and a second life.

Rummy Card Sets

How To Group?

Tap on the cards that you want to group. Tap on the ‘GROUP’ button. OR Move the cards of your choice and group them manually

How to Group Rummy Card Game

How To Add?

Tap on the cards you want to add to group. Tap on ‘Add Here’ in the group you want to add! OR Move the cards of your choice to the desired group

How to Add Rummy Card Game

How To Discard?

Tap on the cards you wish to discard! Tap on the ‘DISCARD’ button.OR drag the card you want to discard to the open deck on the table on the above right side

How to Discard Rummy Card Game


Score is the total value of all the cards and that are not a part of a valid sequence or a set. Objective is to reduce your score to ‘0’ by forming valid sequences and sets.

Rummy Card Points

J, Q, K & A have a value of 10

The values of the rest of the cards are equal to their rank. Score: Score is the total value of cards that are not a part of a valid Set or a Sequence.

Rummy Card Points

How To Declare?

Make sure all the 13 cards are arranged in a proper Sequence and Sets. At least one pure sequence is required for a valid declaration. Select your unwanted card and select ‘Show’ instead of ‘Discard.’

Rummy Valid Declaration

SHOWTap on the 'Show' button in the bottom right!

What Is 13 Card Rummy?

13 Card rummy game is played with a standard deck of cards with jokers and needs atleast 2 players to play. Each player gets 13 cards that need to be arranged in sets. 13 Card Rummy is the most common form of rummy game in India and needs good amount of practice to ace the game.

About Rummy & The Official Rules

Rummy is a popular card game played with sets of playing cards. This is one of the most popular Indian card game under the category of draw and discard games. Among this discard & draw game, Indian 13 card game is most played game across India. The basic objective in every rummy game is to improve your hand by dealing sets of cards and forming a particular sequence or set adhering to certain rules of the game.

Rummy in India is usually played between 2 to 6 players where each player has to, in turn, draw and discard one card until the 13 cards form a sequence in sets. On this site, you will find as many as 9 rummy variants.

Basics Indian Rummy Game Official Rules:

  • Indian Rummy is usually played with two pack of cards with two jokers.
  • Cards in each category rank from low to high: Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen and King.
  • Ace can be used as 1 or a face card when forming the sets.
  • Card values are as follows: Face cards, (K, Q, J) - 10 points, Ace - 10 points.

Is Playing Online Rummy Game Legal?

In contrast to a game of luck, online rummy has been declared as a game of skill by the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India in August 2015. That has moved the game to being legal because it offers an equal chance of winning using your skills rather than chance. Learn more about rummy legality.

How Do You Draw and Discard Cards in The Rummy Game? (13 Card Game Rules)

In each turn, a player draws either the top card (face-up) from the open deck or the card from the closed deck, and discards a card from his/her hand in to the open deck, or shows his hand by closing the card and showing the rest of the 13 cards in sets that are in accordance with the rules of the game.

What If I Feel That I Don't Have Good Cards to Complete the Game?

You can choose to drop a particular game if you think that the dealt cards to you are not good. However, you can do it only when your turn comes and before you draw a card. Some pools do allow the player(s) to drop the game in the middle but the penalty is usually higher than what a player would pay for dropping at the start of the game before picking their first card.

For a game of 101 Points:

  • Drop points before picking a card (first Drop): 20
  • Drop points if player had picked a card in that game (Middle Drop): 40

For a game of 201 Points:

  • Drop points before picking a card (first Drop): 25
  • Drop points if player had picked a card in that game (Middle Drop): 50

What Is a Joker Card and How Does It Help in Playing Indian Rummy Game?

One card from the rest of the deck (remainder after dealing the cards to the players) is randomly selected and becomes a Joker for that particular game. All cards of the exact rank in any suit similar to the joker are considered as Jokers. In addition, there will be two extra cards which contain the symbol of a Joker.

A Joker is allowed to be used in place of any cards when forming a set. However, the player has to ensure that he has a sequence without a Joker card to be eligible to use the Joker as stated above. You can take a look at the best use of joker in online rummy card games.

What if Joker is Joker in Rummy Card Game?

If face joker card came as joker while playing rummy, Ace card "A", can be considered as Joker card.

When Do You Win or What Is a Show?

You win a game when you call for a SHOW. If there are 13 cards which can be displayed in particular sets and are in accordance with the rules of the game, the player can then call for a SHOW. To SHOW, a player must have 14 cards of which he/she chooses to close one card before calling for a SHOW. After the SHOW, the player should combine the 13 cards into sets and put it before the rest of the playing group for validation. The SHOW is declared a winner if it meets the validation rules listed below:

  • Life1 should be the order of not less than three cards of the same suit. Life1 shouldn't have a joker. However, the set can include a joker if the joker card is used as the card itself and not as a joker. Rummy Card Games
  • Life2 must be a sequence of at least three cards of the same suit. Life 2 may or may not have a joker. Rummy Games
  • SET1 and SET2 may be a sequence or a triplet, or four cards of equal value and different sets. SET1 may or may not contain a joker. 13 Cards Rummy

Special Case for Making a Show

In case during the course of a game you have melded a pure sequence and a second sequence with or without joker and the third hand consists of two elements of a triplet or set.

You could use the jokers in hand to complete the set with the help of maximum two jokers as a set cannot have more than 4 cards.

In case you are still left with a joker in hand, then leave the joker separate while making a show instead of melding a set with 5 cards as this is not acceptable.

Here Is an Example to Make Things Clear On How to Make Rummy Sequence Rules

You have a natural sequence of 10, J, Q, K of hearts.

The second sequence is A, 2, 3, 4 of spades.

The remaining cards in hand consist of a 10 of spades and a 10 of diamonds along with two picture jokers and one game joker.

In this case you can make a show by melding the 10 of spades and 10 of diamonds along with the two jokers, natural sequence of 10, J, Q, K of hearts, second sequence of A, 2, 3, 4 of spades and keep the joker separate to make the show. This will be accepted as a valid show.

Do Not Make a Set with More Than 4 Cards

  • What is "Rejoin" option?

    A player can rejoin after he has been eliminated (reaching the maximum points limit) from a game.

  • When can a player "Rejoin" in the table?

    A player can join by buying in for a second time and agreeing to rejoin the table provided if the next highest point on the table are not greater than "174 points" in case of the 201 points game and "79 points" in case of 101 points game.

Auto Play Rules:

  • Dread getting disconnected at the middle of the game? Not anymore! Play even when you are offline!
  • We know that getting disconnected in the middle of a winning match is a horrible experience and you never want to have that.
  • Classic Rummy brings you 'Auto Play' option! Now, your game would keep on going even if your Internet is disconnected.
  • The moment you go offline during a round of play, the Auto Play option would be activated for the remaining round of that play. That means, your game would get completed, even if you are not technically available to play it.
  • The "Auto Play" would pull a deck card and discard the same card, giving you an opportunity to join back in the game, the moment you are reconnected thus avoiding any unwanted counts.
  • Also, if a Show is placed during Auto Play by any of your fellow players, you will get full count. If you remain disconnected even after the Show is placed and next round has started, you'll be automatically dropped, unless comes a deal show, happening which you will get full count on hand.
  • Auto Play option would get activated when the player has picked at least one deck or open card, before going offline.

    * Maximum/penalty points in a game like in case of wrong show: 80 points

    * We do not allow multiple accounts and only one account is allowed per house hold.

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