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After playing many versions of the card games, I have become a regular card player. It has become a hobby for me to check the latest card games and try my luck playing them. This way I get to know the game also and some times while playing for cash I earn some money too. Last week a friend of mine came to me and asked me how I rate myself as a card game expert and I said I can give me 7 out of 10…. He quizzed me on various rules of the different card game variants and to my surprise I responded him all the correct answers and he said you underestimated your skills.

He offered me a job ( work from home) to write reviews on a gaming review portal. The money was good so I readily agreed to his offer. For 1 year I have worked for the review site playing many many card and different genres of the game. Now I can say that I have learned a lot with this job and it has helped me to hone my skill as a player too.

Out of the many genres of the games, I still like Card games as first love remains first whatever happens… it never changes and so as my love for the card games. I am playing rummy games online on an Indian website now a days and found that this 13 cards version of rummy is so exciting. The website claims to be a premium skill game site in India catering to rummy card players who play on the site for practice and cash tourneys. I have won around 10K this week playing rummy for cash using my game skills. The most fascinating experience on the site was that all the tables were almost full and many players are formidable ones but still my experience with the review site yielded and I won games five times in a week.

Someone has rightly said that no work is small and whatever you do you will reap the fruit of your hard work. So the moral of the post is keep working and utilize your experience and skills for your own good:)




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.




Thanks to the recession, we were spending our so called quality time at home on weekends since last two months. Now as Albert, got his new job, he remain busy most of the time catching up with the new responsibilities. I also understand this and gave him six months for aligning his work and home balance up to average American standards.

But this post is about when we were together spending some quality time at home watching movies and playing cards. I remember my grand mother, she used to play combing card games with her coterie of old ladies. They usually gather very often during noon hours and for playing canasta rummy and gossiping about their entire circle and more often about our society scandals. As I was a teenager and had little knowledge of combining card games, I used to think that this is definitely not my type of game and not meant for me.



Years passed, Grand Maa went away, I got married with Albert and left the job after John came in our life. And one fine day when I was getting bored at home, I happen to came across a free rummy web portal and I thought I should give it a shot and know what after sometime I got addicted to play this game. I told Albert about it and we played it at home once, and then the other weekend and so on. An average game for us used to take five hands that would run for around 90 minutes. One game and another and another, we played the canasta like anything and now we remember our time playing cards and having some good quality time at home.  I am writing this post as that their was a change in my thought for the game, earlier I used to think that it is just meant for olds and now we are loving it.




Rummy is the most exciting of all card games, you need to use skills and advance strategies while playing rummy. If you are a rummy aficionado, you will definitely love playing it in clubs, tourneys or in your family. I usually play rummy on the web as it is safe, secure and fast platform where you can practice the game before playing it on premium tables for monetary gains. I am listing a few websites which host Gin Rummy, 13 cards rummy and other variations of combing card games online. Try them, you might Win cash on many of them, If you win a tournament let me know, I will post your name and winnings in this blog. Here I am trying to build a community of online rummy aficionados with whom I can play, interact and host local rummy tournaments.


Winner Update: 

One lucky champ has emailed about his winnings. Congratulations Mr. shamim sheikh on winning the qualifier rummy game tourney for the wrt event 2014. we wish you all the best for your endeavours and all the luck for the final event.



Here is the post dedicated to the most played card game in our household parties that is Rummy. I remember from childhood, whenever our all kins gather in a family get together, we used to play rummy in the night and it was fun playing rummy and tambola, while eating some home made snacks and enjoying the thrill of the game.

My Mom has been playing Rummy from quite a long time as she is regular member of the colony kiti parties. So thats how I learned playing rummy right from childhood. Now, whenever we get free and through a party on weekends with friends we play rummy just for fun and excitement and when we win the money, that goes back again into the party. 🙂

From quite sometime now, John and I came to know about online rummy websites in India but I haven’t had a time to look upon and play on those portals. There were many, to name a few sites such as classic rummy, Junglee rummy, rummy circle and many more. Basically they are running skill games on their websites and earn by getting certain amount as rack. Not a bad idea to play rummy online just for thrill and excel our skills that can be used in the parties. However, these websites not only offer games but conduct rummy tournaments as well. I have recently came across one google Ad about World Rummy Tournament. Well one of the famous lottery brand in India, PlayWin is conducting a World Rummy Tournament which is sponsored by an online rummy website

World Rummy Tournament

Earlier, I was reluctant to check that Ad. Yesterday only when I clicked the Ad, I came to know about the details and amount of prizes thats been on offer in the tournament. Its a huge prize pool of Rs. 1 Crore thats too the company is claiming is Guaranteed. The main fascinating thing about the event is that they are conducting the event on a Cruize Ship sailing from Malaysia and Thailand. I love to visit Malaysia and Thailand whenever we get some bonuses and once every two years we visit Malaysia or Singapore. So far we have travelled Five South Asian countries and the experience was awesome.

I thought I should give it a try and started searching for details about the rummy tournament by Playwin. Then I came to know that they are two ways to get into the tournament. One is to get the direct tickets from their World Rummy Tournament portal dedicated for sailing WRT tickets online and Second way is to play rummy qualifier games on their website and compete with other rummy players. Since the ticket cost was bit higher for my budget ( it was costing around 1.2 lakh Indian Rupees) though. therefore, I started playing for the online qualifier tournaments, being held on and crossed stageII level of the tournament. I am still playing for the final round and hopefully I may make it upto the final event.

The experience of play online is in itself very much exciting because  its like a war with your friends and other competitors to secure your tickets for the final. I am relishing it at the moment, the website also props up by giving bonuses from time to time that keeps me stick to the game and hone my skill for the final event.

I will post my experiences on  a later date once I got selected for the final event. till then good buy guys.. write to you soon.

P.S. For all my friends, try this World Rummy Tournament Qualifier once, We don’t know we may sail together from Malaysia to Thialand. Keeping Play and have fun. … Shaila






July 2020