Rummy is a popular card game and usually played with 2 to 6 players. In fact, it is one of the most popular card game under the draw and discard games category. It is considered a game of skill and played by all adult age groups socially, sometimes involving cash too. It is a wonderful social game for family and friends. Much like chess, to win, it requires a good memory and formulation of tactics based on the game play by other players.
The basic objective of playing rummy is to improve one's "hand" by forming sets and / or sequence (as required by the rules of the game variant) by drawing a card from the un-dealt face down deck of cards or the last card from the face up discarded pile of cards and discarding a card from the hand. The first player who succeeds in forming the required sets and sequence, the other players may lose a fixed amount or maybe penalised according to the number of unmelded (is not in a set or sequence) cards they have left.
There are many forms and variants of rummy which are derived from the original form called Sai rummy or Basic rummy. Conquian (Mexican game of rummy) is considered by David Parlett (A reputed games scholar from England who has studied in-depth the history of card games and board games) to be the ancestor of all rummy games. Conquian in itself is derived from a Chinese game called Khanhoo and, going even further back to Mahjong.
Some of the popular Rummy games forms and variations are: Indian rummy, Gin rummy, Rummy 500, Canasta, Conquian, Continental, Contract rummy, Kalooki, Indian Marriage, Mahjong, Rummikub etc. All these forms of rummy are available in the online rummy format too.
Learn How to Play Rummy (Indian Rummy)
In the recent years, playing Rummy Online has become very popular. There are many online rummy sites which provide a real world gaming experience and almost all of them allow players to register for free and play an unlimited number of games for free. These rummy sites only charge a very small fee when players play for cash. This usually is a small percentage of the cash on table. Also, players are rewarded via loyalty programs, deposit bonus, cash backs and free cash games.
Online Rummy has many benefits. The most important one being that it can be played 24x7 with players across the world from the comfort of home. There are over 15 million players registered from across the world on various rummy sites. The number of registered players from India are over 3o lakhs. Also, players can play rummy online free or for cash (depending on local laws). The free games helps players to practice and sharpen their online rummy skills before they try their hand in cash games. Players can deposit and withdraw cash via many safe payment and withdrawal methods.
Indian Rummy is a very popular card game in India with little variation from Sai rummy (Original rummy). It is played with a deck of cards (52).Two jokers (wild cards) can also be used in the game. If the number of players are more than 4, it is usually played with 2 deck of cards (& 4 jokers). Irrespective of the number of decks used, only 13 cards (face down) are dealt to each player by the dealer (each player takes turns dealing the cards). The next card from the deck is kept face up indicating the start of the discard pile. The rest of the cards are kept face down and forms a stock pile for players to draw cards in their turn.
Playing rummy online is legal in India (except in the states of Orissa & Assam).