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Rummy is the most played card game in India. There is no match to the excitement the Game carries with it. Rummy is commonly called as Paplu. It is also called as Classic Rummy, 13-card Rummy, and Indian Rummy. There are no proper records about the Origin of Rummy, although the limited records available that it has conquian origins. There is a widespread consensus that it is a combination of popular card games in USA, Gin Rummy and Rummy 500. The Game is played in INdia for several centuries and is more or less a family affair. It is widely played during local functions, family gatherings, picnics, marriage parties, and even in public transport where people commute.
Indian Rummy card game is played between 2 to 6 players. The Game is played with two decks of cards along with two face-Joker cards. To win the game, a player must make a valid declaration by picking and discarding cards from the closed and open decks.
The deck formed by the discards of the players is called Open Deck, whereas the deck with the face of cards closed by which players cannot see the card is called a closed deck.
The list of cards from lower to higher-order are- Ace, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, and, K. Ace card can be used as either one or as a face card when a player melds. E.g., A, 2, 3 or A, K, Q, J
The objective of the game is simple and clear. A player must arrange all the cards in the form of at least two sequences- of which one must be a pure sequence. The remaining can be either an impure sequence or set(s) depending on the arrangement of the card. A pure sequence is mandatory to make a valid declaration.
Melding 3 or more consecutive cards of the same suit is called a Sequence, Ex: 5, 6, and 7 of Spade is a sequence. There are two types of Sequences- Pure and Impure Sequence.
Joker is a card that can substitute any card to form a sequence. These cards are special and important in a Rummy Game. There are two types of Joker cards in Rummy.
*Special Note: If a printed joker card turns to be the card picked as the joker, then Ace of all suits is considered Joker cards.
The card values are added up and the corresponding table value calculations are done when a declaration is made. The Face cards – Ace, King, Queen, and Jack- each carry 10 points. All the numerical cards own the same value as the rank value. i.e, 7 ♠ owns 7 points.
There are some specific scenarios while calculating points:-
A valid declaration must have one or more pure sequence with or without impure sequence or sets. Eg: 4♥ 5♥ 6♥ 7♥ |K♠ Q♠ J♠ |A♦ A♠ A♥ |5♦ 5♠ 5♣
There are several cases when you get to make an invalid declaration. A declaration turns invalid when
Case 1: Declaring without a pure sequence
Eg: 4♦ 5♦ 7♦ 8♦ | A♣K♦ J♥ |5♣7♣8♣ | 2♥ 3♥ 5♥
Case 2: A pure sequence isn’t accompanied by either a pure or impure sequence
Eg: 4♥ 5♥ 6♥ | A♦ K♦ J♦ |4♠ 5♠ 7♠ 8♠ | 2♣ 3♣ 5♣
Case 3: Declaring with a invalid set
Eg: 4♥ 5♥ 6♥ | A♦ K♦ Q♦ | 2♣ 3♣ 4♣ | 7♣ 7♣ 7♠ 7♦
Case 4: Declaring with less than 3 pairs
Eg: A♣ 2♣ 3♣ 4♣ 5♣ 6♣ 7♣ 8♣ 9♣ | K♦ K♣ K♥ K♠
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