Money and Rummy
Money and Rummy
Playing for money and rummy go together like salt and pepper. For many decades rummy has been a game that players love to play for money. This idea is specifically true for the game called Gin Rummy. This two handed game allows two players to set their stakes and go after the win for a few hours or even an entire weekend. In the old days in Vegas, there use to be routine tournaments that would attract great players of Gin Rummy from all over the US and even from other countries. At the time it was the equivalent of what is now going on in the world of poker. The prize money was outstanding for the the time and good players would come to play in the tournaments and then also play each other for rather large states. Stu Ungar was so good at the game, that players would not enter the tournaments when they found out he was entered. In fact he finely stopped playing and took up poker. That was fortuitous for him as he became as good a poker player and he was a Gin player. He won the WSOP main event three different times which elevates his play to that of few other players.
Players on vacation in the day that went to Florida by train or on a cruise to Europe could always find a game with a a likable gambler who made his living playing Gin with wealthy players just like the old river boat gamblers did on the Mississippi. These players rarely lost as they were so good at the game. Professional card players played this game and bridge with other passengers that had no idea they were playing against players that were almost unbeatable. The interesting fact about these professionals is that they did not have to cheat to win as they were that good at Gin Rummy. That is not true of other gambling games that were popular in these venues at the time.
Gin rummy lends itself to quick gaming and substantial wins as the stakes are whatever the players are willing to play for. A double on spades, three games at once can be a money making machine when played by an expert as their advantage had to do with their discard selection during the game. Playing against them depended on having luck drawing cards and not from the discard pile.
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