A quick refresher on the rummy basics

Online rummy is a popular 13 card game in India that has everything entertaining a player can expect. It is fun, exciting as well highly engaging, and creates a adrenaline rush that is unmatched. Unlike a lot of card game where luck plays a major role rummy requires skills to win. If you have a strong knowledge about rummy basics and rummy strategies, you can thwart any kinds of competition. It is a skill which can be easily acquired with practice.

After all, rummy game is all about arranging the 13 cards into proper sets and sequence according to its objective. In order to do that, you must have a proper understanding about the rummy basics. Here in this article, we have given a set of information about rummy basics that every player must now. Read and understand this to earn complete dominance.

Rummy Basics


The process of dealing cards to all players involved in the game is known as Dealing. In Indian Rummy game, 13 cards are dealt to each player on the table. 

Deck of Cards

Every 13 card Rummy game is played with a a minimum of 2 deck of cards. Deck of cards mean 52 cards in addition to one Printed Joker in four suits – Spade (♠), Clubs (♣), Hearts (♥), Diamond(♦). Each suit has 13 cards as given – A, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K.

Joker card acts a substitute for the missing card in a sequence or a set. 

What is Melding?

Melding is the process of matching similar cards, usually 3 or more, that allows the players to combine thir hands. Melds are in the order of successive cards belonging to the same suit known as runs (2♠3♠ 84) or sets of cards of identical rank (5♠5♣5♥).

What is Lay off in rummy?

A player can”lay off” some cards in an existing combinatioin. It  means that players have an option to add to a sequence or a set that is on the table or with any other players. For example, if there’s ♣2♣3♣4 on the table & you have ♣5, you can lay off on the meld. 

How to discard?

After carefully constructing the sequence, the player must discard one card face up in the open deck. If your opponent has discarded a joker card, then you cannot pick up it.

What is show?

After building sets and sequences the player needs to submit the cards for validation. The action of submitting the cards for validation is called as Show

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