Guide to Playing Rummy Cards the Right Way

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Do you know you can actually kill your boredom and enjoy playing card games now and then, on your laptop or mobile phone? One such game that can boost your bored mind is Rummy. It is a popular card game that needs to be played with 13 cards. It involves a closed deck of cards, an open deck of cards, a wild card joker, and a printed joker.

A player is not able to see the card he is drawing from the closed deck, whereas, the open deck, formed with the cards discarded by players during the course of a game, is visible. In order to win a rummy game, a player must be able to form at least one pure sequence of 3 or more cards. In addition, he can also make impure sequence or sets.

Have you been interested in card games since childhood? These days, slogging throughout a 10-hour working day, do you feel like going back to those fun days, once in a while?

What is a Pure Sequence?

3 or more consecutive cards in a 13 card rummy game of a particular suit form a sequence. A pure sequence is the placement of 3 or more consecutive cards of a single suit, without the help of a joker.

Examples of Pure Sequence:

  1. 2♥ 3♥ 4♥ (i.e. 3 consecutive cards of the same suit with no wild card joker or printed joker)
  1. 10♦ J♦ Q♦ K♦ ( i.e. 4 consecutive cards of the same suit with no printed joker or wild card joker)

What is an Impure Sequence?

When a sequence of 3 or more cards of the same suit in a rummy patti game, is formed with the help of a wild card joker or printed joker, the sequence is termed as “impure”.

Examples of Impure Sequence:

  1. 7♠ 8♠ 10♦ 10♠ (The 10♦ has been used here as a wild card joker in place of 9♠) – This is an impure sequence as the sequence has been formed with the help of a joker.
  1. 7♠ PJ 9♠ 10♦ (In this sequence, the Printed Joker (PJ) has been used as 8♠ and 10♦ has been used as 10♠ – Hence, it is an impure sequence as it has been formed with the help of 2 jokers.

What is a Set?

A set can be formed with 3 or 4 cards of same face value, albeit from different suits. Wild card joker as well as Printed Joker can be used while forming a set.

Example of a Set:

  1. 10♦ 10♥ 10♠ 10♣ (This is a valid set with 4 Ten-s, each from a different suit)
  1. 10♦ 10♥ 10♠ PJ (This is another valid set where a Printed Joker or PJ has been used as 10♣)
  1. 10♦10♠ 9♠ 10♣ (This is another valid set where 9♠ has been used as a wild card joker in place of 10♥)

By now, many of you must have understood that the cards in a suit, in rummy, rank from lower value to higher value, i.e. from Ace (regarded as 1), 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, up to King. King, Queen, Jack, and Ace are cards that bear 10 points each. The other cards bear points equal to their face numbers, e.g. 10♦ bears 10 points, 7♠ bears 7 points, 2♥ bears 2 points, etc.

The objective of the game is to place the thirteen cards in valid sequences and sets.  According to the rummy rules, it is essential to form at least one pure sequence in order to win rummy. Sets and impure sequences can be formed in addition.