How To Play Rummy: A Complete Step-by-Step Tutorial

Rummy is a multiplayer card game that can play with 1 or 2 decks as per the payers in the gameplay. The 1 deck of cards is required in 2 player tables and 2 decks of cards are required in 6 player tables. Rummy is a pure game of skill and can be played with a minimum of two or up to six players at a time, it requires users to strategist the game.

As said and also declared by the Supreme Court of India, Online Rummy isn’t an ordinary card game, and even not the game of gambling, it is a game of skill to smartly streamlined cards, either you pick or discard, things all connected with each move. Playing rummy needs you to remember what cards picked and discarded by your opponents so you can drop your card after you have picked the card from the deck or the one discarded by the player before you. You’ll also need paper and a pencil for scoring. Today, I will show you how to play Rummy and other basics including rules, scoring, and how to win!


Rummy is a card game in which you try to improve the hand that you’re originally dealt with. A player is unable to see the cards in a closed deck, while the open deck that is formed by the discarded cards is visible to the players. You can do this whenever it’s your turn to play, either by drawing cards from a pile (or stock) or by picking up the card thrown away by your opponent and then discarding a card from your hand. To win a rummy game, the player has to form one pure sequence, one impure sequence, and sets, all totaling 13 cards and 1 card to finish the game.

To ensure everything before you jump in, let’s check the rules and techniques to play and win rummy with real cash online.

Play Rummy With The Main Objectives

Deck of cards:

There are 52 cards in a single set of a deck with one printed joker, a total of 53 cards. These cards are divided into 4 sets of 13 cards from 2 to 10 and face value cards like A, K, Q, J in 4 different suits (Joker doesn’t count while making sets). There are 4 suites in a deck – Clubs, Hearts, Spades & Diamonds. Similarly, if you are playing with more than 2 players, you just need two sets of 52 cards each set with 1 joker.


rummy table

It is the place where players gather to play rummy online or in an offline mode. Every rummy table can sit two to six players in a game.


rummy card sorting

Sorting of cards is done at the start of each game. Sorting is arranging your cards in a manner that helps you form your sets and sequences and avoiding the mixing of cards. Once you get your cards, hit the Sort button, and start playing.

Points in rummy:

In rummy, Ace, Jack, Queen, and King each have 10 points.

rummy points

The remaining cards have a value equal to their face value.

points in rummyThis is how the cards rank in ascending orders – Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, and King.

Wild Joker (Wild Card) and Printed Joker (PJ):

wild joker and printed joker

There is one printed joker in every deck. Once the cards are distributed amongst the players, a wild card is selected at random. Both joker and wild cards serve the same purpose. A joker/wildcard is used to replace the desired card to form a set or impure sequence. In case the open joker is the printed joker, then all Aces are considered as wild card jokers. All these cards count to zero points at the end of the game. So, the more number of such cards you get the better it is.


how to drop your game in rummy

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 the First Drop, will lose 20 points or they have to pay 20 points equivalent amount pre-defined as per their table they are playing in. Those players who make a Middle Drop or choose to leave the game before the game show is called by any player will be charged 40 points. Any player who does not meld any cards when a show is called and instead opts to leave the game has to pay 80 points, this is known as a Full Count.


rummy sequences
types of rummy sequences

A sequence is a group of 3 or more cards of the same suit arranged in consecutive order. In the rummy, there are two types of sequences that are necessary while declaring the game. A pure sequence or an impure sequence. (mixed with the printed joker or the wild card joker)

Pure Sequence :

sequence with same suit wild card
‘pure sequence’ with same suit wild card
Pure Sequence
Pure Sequence of the same suit

Any sequence of the same suit without a joker becomes a pure sequence. Remember if a wild card joker sits in a proper sequence of the same suit it will be a pure sequence.

Impure Sequence :

Sequence with a joker
Impure Sequence with a joker

A sequence with one or more Joker card is called an Impure sequence.


rummy 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.

The Deck


One standard deck of 52 cards is used. Cards in each suit rank, from low to high:

Ace 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Jack Queen King


picking a card from an open deck
picking a card from an open deck
picking card from closed deck
picking card from the closed deck

On the rummy game table, every player holds 13 cards which have been circulated in the beginning by the bookie or punter, in online rummy the cards are distributed by the game bot automatically. You must begin by taking one card from either the top of the Stockpile or the top card on the discard pile.


discard a card
click discard to drop a card

At the end of your turn, You have to drop a card and placed on top of the discard pile face up once you picked the card from the open deck/closed deck or one from the open stockpile that is discarded by the player above you. In short, you only have to possess 13 cards in your hand during the rummy game.


push declare button to declare your rummy game
push declare button to declare your rummy game

When you end up your 13 cards in a manner, you can declare your game. Make sure you have completed below written combinations:

  1. You have all sequences made by a combination of 4-3-3-3 cards totaling 13 cards – each sequence must be of the same suit card. In these sequences, one sequence must be a pure sequence of the same suit without any joker. You can use printed jokers or the wild card jokers in the rest of the sequences, but you can’t use other suit cards in your mixed/impure sequences.
  2. You have three sequences and a set, here again you must have minimum one pure sequence. You are free to use joker in the set(s) but you can’t use other suits in sequence or in the set.
  3. You have two sequences and two sets, the basic and thumb rule is the same as having one pure sequence.
  4. You will drop a card before you declare your rummy game, so you must pick a card on your turn and then you are free to declare, without dropping a card you can’t declare your game when your turn comes.

Winning Tips to Play Rummy

Rummy is a game of skill that needs a strong memory power with a smart strategy. Yet it’s all simple and there are not a lot of complex strategies that can confuse you. Check out these simple rummy tips and tricks that can help you win the game in no time.

  1. Avoid drawing cards from the discard pile. It gives a fair idea to your opponent about your cards and they may avoid discarding the matching cards of that suit and you may delay up finishing your game if the opponent intentionally holds the card of your needs after guessing it on your pick from the open pile.
  2. Pay close attention to the cards that are getting discarded by your opponents and try to adjust your cards as per the potential availability. Ex. if you are waiting for blackjack to make a pure sequence and the player sitting next to you have discarded it then the chances to pick the second remaining blackjack are lesser so you may change your sequence strategy at that time.
  3. Get rid of high-value cards rather than lower-value cards. Because in points rummy, when your opponents declare the game, all your cards in your hands will count as per the basic value each card holds and that is payable by you (except valid sequences, sets, and jokers)
  4. If you plan to quit the game, do it in the initial stage rather than at a later point.

Now, let’s look at some more interesting 13 card game tips and tricks that can help crack the game and giving you the much-needed winning edge.

Conclusion: Overall, the Indian rummy is full with all joy, excitement, and immense thrill, each picked and dropped cards gives you an amazing jerk loaded with the fun. To play rummy game is also very much for active people who have good memory power as it needs to remember cards during the gameplay. If you are free and looking for some extra fun with card game thrills, the rummy is the best option to play now.