How To Play


Rummy is the most popular card game in India. It is also called as 13-card Rummy, Indian Rummy and Classic Rummy. The Game is played in India for several centuries. Indian Rummy card game is played between 2 to 6 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 deck. 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 suit and value 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. Example 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.

How to Play Rummy?

  1. A random toss is made at the start of the game, one card is randomly dealt to every player on table. The player receiving the high face value card will start the game.
  2. To every player 13 cards are dealt.
  3. One card will be place in the open deck, whereas the remaining will be on the closed deck.
  4. A card in random is chosen from the closed deck as the joker of the game.
  5. Players can use the “Sort” button available on screen to arrange the cards automatically in order of the suits. This can get you a better view on your cards.
  6. Player can pick and discard cards from the closed and open deck to form sequences and sets. Incase all the cards in the closed deck get used up, all the discarded cards are reshuffled and used as the closed deck.
  7. The player, who makes successful arrangement of cards in the form of sequences and sets, should declare their hand and become the winner of the game.

Rummy Concepts and Basics

1. What is sequence in Rummy?

  • Grouping 3 or more consecutive cards of the same suit is called a Sequence, Ex: 2, 3, 4 of Club is a sequence. There are two types of Sequences: Pure and Impure Sequence.
  • Pure Sequence - When three or more successive cards are grouped without using a joker card, you will get a Pure Sequence. For Example 7♥ , 8♥, 9♥  make a pure sequence. It is mandatory to make a successful declaration.
  • Impure Sequence- It is a sequence grouped using a Joker card. For Example: If 7 of any suit be the joker for the Game, then J and Q of Same suit can be grouped with the joker card to make impure sequence. Therefore the sequence turns to be J♥, 7♣, Q♥  is the impure sequence.
  • Set: A set is a group of 3 or 4 cards of different suits but of the same value. One can use any kind of joker (wild or printed) to replace any card in the set.

2. What is a Joker Card?

  • 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.
  • Printed Joker- The cards with joker images printed on them are the printed Jokers. You get to play two printed joker cards in a game.
  • Wild Joker- At the start of every game, one card from the deck is chosen as the joker for the Game. What be the number value of the card, all the cards with the same number from all the suits turn to be joker cards. If 10 of Club is chosen joker, then 10 of Spade, Diamond, and Heart can also be used as joker cards in the Game.

3. What is a valid declaration?

  • A valid declaration must have one or more pure sequence with or without impure sequence or sets. Example: 7♥ 8♥ 9♥ 10♥ |A♠ 2♠ 3♠ |5♦ 5♠ 5♥ |2♦ 2♠ 2♣ 

4. What is an Invalid Declaration?

  • There are several cases when you get to make an invalid declaration.
  • Case 1: Declaring without a pure sequence Example: 6♦ 7♦ 8♦ 10♦ | 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: J♥ Q♥ K♥ | 2♦ 3♦ 5♦ |9♠ 10♠ J♠ 7♠ | 4♣ 6♣ 8♣

5. Points in rummy:

  • Rummy Ace, Jack, Queen and King each has 10 points. The remaining cards have a value equal to their face value.
  • This is how the cards rank in ascending orders – Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen and King.
  • There are some specific scenarios while calculating points:-
    When a player drops in the very first chance in a game- 20 points
    When a player drops in the middle of the game- 40 points
    For a Wrong Declaration – 80 points
    When a player misses out 3 consecutive turns – 40 points
    Winning calculation in Points Rummy = (Total points opponents lose)*(Rupee value)- Rake fee
    Winning calculation in Deals Rummy = Total entry fee of opponents – Rake fee
    Winning calculation in Pool Rummy = (Entry fee)*(Total number of players)- Rake Fee.

6. Drop

You can choose to drop a game at any point of time. You are charged a Penalty every time you drop. Players who drop out at the beginning of the game, also known as First Drop, will get 20 points. Those players who make a Middle Drop or choose to leave the game before the game show is called by any player will get 40 points. Any player who does not meld any cards when a show is called and instead opts to leave the game gets 80 points, this is known as a Full Count.

Rummy Variants

1. Points Rummy

  • Points Rummy is the quickest and fastest form of Indian Rummy and is also the most preferred rummy among all three variants. There is high chance of winning in this variant. In Points rummy games monetary value is associated with each point, is preset at the beginning of the game. The player who declares first with valid declaration has their winning amount calculated as: (sum of points of all opponents) x (monetary value of 1 point).
  • Points Rummy can be played with 2 to 6 players at Foryourummy. It is usually played with one or two packs of standard 52 deck card in addition to a printed joker. The variant is mostly preferred because of its fast and easy gameplay. Unlike the other variants you do not have to go through multiple games/deals in order to win the game. Every game under points rummy has only a single deal. You can leave out of the game after completion of single deal anytime with handy your winnings. Players have to buy-in amount to participate in game.

1.1 Points Rummy Rules

  • The game is played with a minimum of two decks. Each deck has 52 cards and a printed joker.
  • A toss decides, who will going to make the first move. The player who has the highest face value card gets the first turn to play.
  • A random joker is drawn after the distribution of cards, which can be used as substitute while making sets and/or sequences. If the random card turns to be the printed joker then ace card belonging to any suit can be used as joker
  • To indicate the start of the game, a card is drawn and kept in the open deck from which the first player can start with the game.

1.2 How to play Points Rummy?

  • Players can join any game listed based on their choice of entry fee and point value. Every table has a certain point value and an entry fee to participate.
  • The Player can join the game table by clicking the “join” button.
  • After the 13 cards are dealt, the player can sort his cards using the sort button, to sort the cards based on suits for his convenience.
  • A player can pick a card from the open deck or the closed deck whenever his turn comes and he has to discard a card on the open deck.
  • If the first open card happens to be the joker, the player who plays the first turn is allowed to use the card and make his move. During the turns if the opponent discards a joker card, then the player cannot pick that card.
  • Player has to make turn within the allocated time of 30 seconds. If he fails to make his move, this will counted as a missed move. If player misses 3 consecutive moves, will be dropped from the game under middle drop rule and he will be out of the game with 40 Points.
  • If the player is unsatisfied with hand cards, then can drop out of the game before making a move during his turn by tap on drop button, then he will lose with 20 points called first drop.
  • The game-play continues until one player completes the objective of grouping 13 cards into valid sets or sequences. After the player completes the objective, he should place his final discard card in the finish slots by selecting the card and click on declare. On a successful declare, the player will win with 0 Points.

1.3 Winnings in Points Rummy?

  • One winner wins the entire cash at the completion of every Points Rummy game. Winnings are calculated with this simple formula:
  • Winning Amount = (Sum of points of all opponents) X (Rupee-value of the point) – foryourummy Fees
    Example: If 6 players play 2 point rummy and 5 players lose with 20, 20, 10, 40, 10 points then the winner takes 2*(20+20+10+40+10)= Rs 200 – foryourummy Fee.

2. Deal Rummy

Deal Rummy is another exciting variant of Indian Rummy in Foryourummy where the number of deals is pre-set at the beginning. The player with the least number of points at the end of all the deals is the winner of the game. In deal rummy a fixed number of chips are distributed among players, depends on the deal type. Players have to bring minimum cash to the table.

At foryourummy deals rummy is offered in two category, Best of two deal and Best of six deal rummy games where the number of deals are pre-decided as 2 and 6. Deal refers number of game rounds. This means only 2 or 6 players can participate in Deals rummy.

2.1 Deals Rummy Rules

  • A random toss will decide who will going to make first turn. Player having the highest face value card will win the toss and make first move.
  • A random card is drawn as a joker after the distribution of cards to players.
  • Number of chips distribution to players in deals rummy.
    At the beginning, each player gets a fixed number of chips while joining deal table.
    In a 2 player deal rummy (2*80) 160 chips are allocated to each player.
    In a 3 player deal rummy (3*80) 240 chips are allocated to each player.
    In a 6 player deal rummy (6*80) 480 chips are allocated to each player.

2.2 How to Play Deals Rummy?

  • Players can join the table by paying entry amount from their account balance.
  • Two players would play two rounds of rummy in the two deal table.
  • Each player during his turn can either pick a card from the open deck or closed deck.
  • A player can use one or more joker cards to complete sequence and sets.
  • After the completion of current deal, the winner takes the win points from the loser players and ready for the next deal with the current points.
  • After grouping the cards, the player must place his final arranged cards with the discard card to the finish slot.
  • To declare, the player must show his hand cards after grouping them into sets/sequences and must click on Declare button.
  • It is mandatory to declare with at least two sequences, out of which one must be a pure sequence.

    Note* Drop option will not be available in 2 deal and 6 deal rummy.

2.3 Winning in Deals Rummy

  • The winner of each round collects the chip from the losers.
  • The Player who has the maximum number of chips at the end of all the deal round (2 or 6) becomes the winner of the game.
  • Example: Assume 6 players play best of 6 deal rummy, Each player starts the game with 480 Points. At the end of the first deal Player C did valid declaration and the rest players have lost 80, 30, 50, 30, 20 points respectively, then the player C earns (80+30+50+30+20) = 210 points. His score would now be 690 (480+210). He will move to second deal with 690 Points. At the same time, the other players’ will go in to the next deal with the rest chips. Player with the maximum number of chips at the end of 6-deals will win the game.

    If there is a tie-breaker between players, players with equal chip count will play a final deal to decide the winner.

    Winning Amount = Total entry fee of all Players – foryourummy fee

    Example: In a 2-player deal game of entry fee 300, if player 1 wins the game then he will receive Rs. 600 – foryourummy Fee.

3. Pool Rummy

Pool rummy variant is another exciting game of Foryourummy. This variant takes a considerable amount of time to complete the game and declaring winner. There are two variants of Pool Rummy – 101 Points Pool and 201 Points Pool. Players lost their hand once their accumulated point reach the maximum point limit either 101 or 201. The player who manages to keep his points below the point limit (101 or 201 depending on the table) wins the game.

Players have to pay entry fee to participate in this game. There are no limits when it comes to the number of deals, the deals continues until players points reaches point limit.

3.1 Pool Rummy Rules

  • A random toss will decide who will going to make first turn. Player having the higest face value card will win the toss and make first move.
  • A random card is drawn as a joker after the distribution of cards to players.

A minimum of 2 players is required to start a game in pool rummy table

101 Points Pool Rummy -> The players who exceed the preset point limit 101 are eliminated from the 101 Pool table. Points get added up in the subsequent deals.

201 Points Pool Rummy - > The players who exceed the preset point limit 201 will be eliminated from the 201 Pool table. The points from one deal gets carry forward to the next deal.

3.2 How to Play Pool Rummy?

  • Each table has an entry fee to join the 101/201 pool rummy.
  • When it’s the players turn to play, the player may pick a card from either the open or closed deck.
  • After grouping the cards, the player must place his final discard to the finish slot and he wins the game with 0 Points. In order for a successful the player needs to show his/her hands and wait or others to declare. The points of the other players are carried forward to the next deal.
  • Player who manages to keep his points low less than 101/201 on the respective tables will win the game.

3.3 Winnings in Pool Rummy?

  • 101 points pool Players will be eliminated once they reach or exceed the maximum limit defined example: 101 Points in this case.
  • So in such cases, Participant who has the lowest number of points when all of the participants touch 101 points would be the winner.

    Example: In a 101 pool rummy game, if a player loses with 80 points at the end of first round, his points get carried over to the next round. The player then starts Round 2 with 80 points in hand, if the same player loses again with 30 points, his score now becomes (80 + 30 = 110), which his greater than 101, so the player gets eliminated.
  • In a 201 pool rummy game, Players are eliminated when they reach or exceed the maximum limit defined (201 points this case).

    Example: If a player loses with 80, 80, 50 points respectively in successive deals then his resultant score would be 210 (80+80+50) which is greater than 201, so he will be eliminated.

How the Winning Amount is calculated in Pool Rummy?

  • The winning amount in Pool Rummy is calculated as follows:
  • Winning Amount = Total entry fee of all Players – foryourummy Fee
  • Example: If 3 players participate with an entry fee of 300, Amount earned by winner = (900 –Foryourummy Fee)