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More than a rainy-day past time, playing card games is a great way for families to bond. It provides hours of non-stop entertainment for all age group players.  A deck of rummy cards can go a long way towards family fun so refresh your memory on these classic rummy games and discover a new game to play in the family tonight!

Swedish Rummy

This card game is more popularly known as “Crazy Eights” and “Stops game”, because in this rummy game players can be stopped from discarding if they don’t have an appropriate card. The objective of the game is to get rid of all the cards in hand. The Swedish rummy is fast paced game of luck and skills and can be played between two or more players. The fun part of the game is that all the eights are wild cards.


How to play Swedish Rummy

  • Choose a dealer: The dealer will hand out seven or five cards to each player depending upon the number of players in the game. If players are more than two than usually five cards are dealt to each player.
  • Rest of the cards are placed in the middle of the playing arena, faced down.The top card of the pile is faced up so as to start the discard pile. The game play moves clockwise to the dealer. The player to the left of the dealer, goes first.
  • When it is a player’s turn, he or she adds to the discard pile by playing a card that matches the top card that is in discard pile. This can be done with either a matching the suit or the rank such as a jack or a nine.
  • If a player cannot match the top card that is laid out on the discard pile by suit or by rank, he or she must draw cards from the stack until he or she can play one that matches the card facing up.
  • If there are no more cards in the draw pile, simply use the ones in the pile you have been stacking up. Shuffle them well so as there will be no particular order.
  • The first player to discard all of his cards wins.
  • The game can keep going if the Winner wants to let others play until only the last person has cards in his or her hand.

Indian Rummy

Indian rummy or paplu is another variation of rummy that is popular in the Indian continent. In Indian rummy each player play the game with 13 cards therefore it is also called as 13 cards Indian rummy game. This game is played between 2 to 6 players therefore if the players are more than two deck of cards are required with jokers.


How to play Indian Rummy

  • First, A set of 13 cards is dealt to each player in no particular order
  • Cards in each suit rank, from low to high: Ace 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Jack Queen King. Ace is also considered as Face card, In case of face cards, it gets similar points as king and queen.
  • Objective of the game is to arrange all 13 cards in-hand in sequences and/or sets of 3,3,3 and 4 cards.
  • At the start of the game, one player selects a card out of the stock. This card determines an additional set of jokers for that hand as below:
    • Card of same rank of any color. or
    • Card of same rank but of opposite color known as opposite joker. or
    • The next higher card of the same suit called as “paplu”. This card functions as a wild card joker, but the holder is awarded an  additional bonus from each player at the end of the round.
  • Every player picks/discards a card from the additional closed/open deck to complete sets and/or sequences turn by turn.
  • The player needs to show the cards in hand by grouping them in sets/sequences to declare.
  • In order to finish the game, the player needs to declare at least two sequences, of which one must be a pure sequence.

Here is a site where you can play and practice rummy games popular in India.

Gin Rummy

Gin rummy is a fast rummy game played between two players.  Gin rummy is played with a standard deck of 52 cards with Cards rank, from low to high: Ace 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Jack Queen King.


How To Play Gin Rummy

The objective of the game is to collect sets (three or four of a kind, or three or more consecutive cards of the same suit) to earn agreed number of points before the opponent.

  • First a dealer is randomly chosen to deal the first round and after that usually the winner of each round deals the next. The dealer shuffles the deck and deal 10 cards each. The twenty-first card is turned face up to start the discard pile and the remaining of the cards are placed face down beside it to form the draw pile.
  • A typical turn comprises of two parts,
    One, player must take a card, either the top card from draw or from discard pile.
    two, player must discard a card faced up onto the top of discard pile.
  • For the very first turn of the hand, the player who did not deal chooses whether or not to take the first faced up card. If that player declines, the dealer may take the card. If both refuses to take the faced up card, the non-dealer draws the top card from the draw pile.
  • Play can end “knock” the play at his turn if, after drawing a card, he can form adequate sets, discard one card, and have 10 points or fewer (of unmatched cards or deadwood) remaining in his hand.
  • Ending the play in this way is called as knocking. Knocking with no unmatched cards at all is called going gin, and earns a special bonus.
  • A player who can meet the requirement of not more than 10 deadwood can knock on any turn, including the first. A player is never forced to knock if able to, but may choose instead to carry on playing, to try to get a better score.
  • If a player goes gin, the opponent is not allowed to lay off any cards.
  • The knocker is never allowed to lay off cards on the opponent’s sets or runs.
  • The play also ends if the stock pile is reduced to two cards, and the player who took the third last card discards without knocking. In this case the hand is cancelled, there is no score, and the same dealer deals again.
  • Each player calculates the value of their unmatched cards. If the knocker’s count is lower, he scores the difference between the two counts.
  • If the knocker did not go gin, and the values are equal — or the knocker’s value is greater than his opponent’s — then the knocker has been undercut. The knocker’s opponent scores 10 points plus the difference between the values.

Turns are played until one player’s cumulative score reaches 100 points or more. That player is the winner.

There are many variations of Gin Rummy. one is Straight gin in which knocking is not allowed. so players are required to play till gin. second is Oklahama gin  in which the value of the first upcard is used to determine the maximum count at which players can knock. Face cards count as 10; aces count as 0 (no knocking allowed, players must play for gin). If the upcard is a spade, the hand will count double. The target score for winning Oklahoma gin is generally set at 150 rather than 100. Some play that if an ace is turned up you may only knock if you can go gin. In Hollywood gin, scoring is kept for three different games at the same time. A player’s first win will be recorded in extra box in Game One. A player’s second win will be recorded in their extra boxes for both Game One and Game Two. Their third win will be recorded in their extra boxes for all three games.
Hands are played until all three games are finished.

Apart from the above mentioned games there are many others; a few of them are Bing, Canasta rummy, Robbers, Rummy 500, Kalooki, Panguingue etc. I will try to compile them in different posts of rummy category, hope my passion for card games will help some of the families to enjoy some fun time playing cards in their home.






September 2020