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Rummy – How to Play Rummy?

Rummy is a traditional card game in which the goal is to be the first to get rid of all your cards by forming melds, which can be set (three or four cards of the same rank) or runs (three or more cards of the same suit in a sequence).

Aces are scarce, and sequences cannot be wrapped around. There are other Rummy varieties; this specific implementation is Basic Rummy, sometimes known as Traditional Rummy.


The game may be played by two, three, or four people. If there are just two players, each receives ten cards; if there are three or four players, everyone receives seven cards. Following the distribution of the cards, the deck is placed face down on the table, with one card face up next to it to begin the discard pile. The hand is started by the player to the left of the dealer, and the rules are as follows:

  • Begin your turn by drawing a card from the deck or from the discard pile.
  • Place a meld on the table if feasible. In each round, you may place as many melds as you like (in some versions only one meld per turn is allowed).
  • Remove cards from existing melds. For example, if the table has the numbers 5, 6, and 7, and you have the number 8, you may lay it off on the meld.

It makes no difference who set the meld down in the first place; once a meld is on the table, it no longer belongs to anybody and may be used by anyone. You can lay off as many cards as you wish, and you can lay off at any time, even if you haven’t set down a meld in the round.

End your turn by placing one card on the discard pile. If you drew a card from the discard pile, you cannot discard it in the same round. If you only have one card remaining to discard, you win the game by placing it face down on the discard pile.

The game continues in this manner until one player has exhausted all of the cards in their hand.

A player is not obligated to terminate the game by discarding a card onto the discard pile if he can lay down all of his cards in melds or lay them off on existing melds.

If the deck runs out before a player wins, the discard pile is shuffled and used as a new deck. If the deck is exhausted a second time, the hand has declared a stalemate and no one receives any points.