How To Play Basic Rummy Games

How To Play Basic Rummy Games

In basic rummy games a standard 52 card deck is used. In game play, each suit ranks from low to high, with Aces low and Kings high. The game is typically played with two to four players, but a high limit of six players has been known to take place in basic rummy games.

The Deal In Basic Rummy Games

At the outset of the game either a number of deals, or a target score is agreed on. The first dealer is chosen at random and either the deal with alternate between two players, or will rotate clockwise in games of three to six players. Each player is dealt a hand that consists of ten cards in a two player game. For three and four player games the hand is seven cards on the first deal. For five and six player games each player will receive six cards on the first deal. Once the initial hand has been dealt, the next card is face up on the table to start the discard pile, while the remainder of the cards are placed face down to form the stock pile.

The Object Of Basic Rummy Games

The object in basic rummy is simple. You want to get rid of the cards that you have in your hand by one of three options. You can do melding, laying off, or discarding to eliminate cards from your hand. Melding means you place the cards in a sequence face uo in front of you on the table. You can do groups (three or four cards of the same rank) or sequences/runs (three or more cards of the same suit in consecutive order) to form a meld. Laying off is when you add a card, or multiple cards to an existing meld on your table. Discarding is simply removing a card from you hand and placing it on the discard pile.

Game Play In Basic Rummy Games

The Draw is the first part of game play. Players take one card from the top of the Stock pile or Discard pile at the start of each game. The next two parts of game play are optional. You can select any melds to lay down, or add to from your hand. You can also choose to lay off. You do have to discard one card from your hand into the discard pile at the end of each turn.

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