How to Play Rummy

How To Play Rummy Online

Rummy is a collection of matching card games with similar gameplay centered on matching cards of the same rank, sequence, and suit. Let us see how to play rummy.

Understand the steps, rules, making a declaration in a rummy game.


  1. Two card decks are used to play rummy.
  2. There are 52 cards in one deck. Along with the two decks of cards, players use two jokers to play the game.
  3. Players draw and discard cards from the two decks. One deck is closed, and one is open. The open deck is formed with the cards that are discarded by the other players.

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Rummy Rules

The players form a set or run with the cards in a game of rummy.

  1. Once the players finish forming the sets or run, they have to make a declaration. 
  2. With two decks of cards, the rummy card game is played by 2 to 6 players.


Declaration in Rummy Games

To win a game of rummy, you must make a valid declaration.

  1. You must have two sequences.
  2.  You need a minimum of one Pure Sequence. The other sequence can be an Impure Sequence.
  3. All the remaining cards must form valid sets or sequences.
  4. Your hand must be free of deadwood and stray cards.
  5. If two packs of cards are used in the game, you cannot use the same card twice in a set. For example, 4♠, 4♠, 4♥ is not a valid set and will result in an invalid declaration.
  6. The declaration must be valid.
  7. An invalid declaration causes the player to lose the game.

Popular Variants in Rummy

  1. Points Rummy
  2. Pool Rummy
  3. Indian Rummy
  4. Deals Rummy

How to Play Points Rummy?

  1. Points rummy is a 13-card rummy game.
  2. Each card has a pre-decided point.
  3. The idea is to win the game with zero.
  4. The player who makes the declaration first gets zero points and wins the game.
  5. The rest of the opponents are charged as per the points they have.
  6. The total number of points of all opponents equals the cash prize of the winner.

How to Play Pool Rummy?

  1. Pool rummy is also a 13-card rummy game-like points rummy.
  2. Players have to pay an entry fee to play pool rummy.
  3. The entry fee makes the prize pool.
  4. The winner of the round gets zero points.
  5. Points of the losing players are accumulated. A player is eliminated when their points become 101 or 201.
  6. The winner gets the prize pool. The prize pool is the total entry fee that was pooled to generate the cash prize. This is pool rummy.

How to Play Deals Rummy?

  1. Online deals rummy is played with virtual chips.
  2. The number of deals is decided at the beginning of the game. A deal is nothing but a round.
  3. At the end of all deals, the person who has the most number of chips is declared as the winner.

How to Play Indian Rummy?

There are two formats of Indian rummy. 13 cards Indian rummy and 21 card rummy.

Let us see how to play 13 card rummy as it is the most played variant in India.

How to Play 13 Card Rummy?

  1. Each participant is dealt 13 cards, with a wild joker or joker card that is chosen at random.
  2. To build sets and sequences, the player must draw and discard cards. To make impure sequences and sets, the player can employ the deck's wild joker or printed joker.
  3. According to Indian rummy rules, a player can claim victory by arranging 13 cards in valid two sequences.

We now know how to play rummy games. Indian Rummy is widely played in many states of India. The internet has made it easy for users to read information related to how to play a rummy game online.

Some online rummy platforms have also made information available to users for regional users in their language. If you try to google how to play rummy in Tamil for example, you can read the regional blogs and also watch YouTube videos related to it. The best part about online rummy is that it can be played and learned with ease.  Let us find out how to play rummy online in more detail.

How to Play Online Rummy Game

Question: How to play rummy online?

  1. First things first, you would need a gadget such as a computer/laptop or a smartphone.
  2. The next thing you need is a stable internet connection.

These are the two things are the obvious answers to how to play rummy online.  There are many websites on the internet that host rummy games. Find the answer to how do you play rummy on the rummy websites below.

Q: How do you play rummy on a rummy website?

  • You can register on a rummy website of your choice through your smartphone or laptop.
  • Choose the rummy variant you wish to play and enjoy yourself! It is that simple.
  • Online rummy games are mostly hosted with the help of RNG software, that is, a Random Number Generator software. This software is used by online gaming platforms to make the game fair for users.

Find the Definition of RNG Software Below.

Q: What is RNG software?

An RNG software, as the name implies, uses a complex algorithm for card dealing, ensuring that cards are dealt randomly to players with no possibility of cheating.

Let us now find out about rummy terms such as a sequence and sets. There are two types of sequences, and they are pure and impure. So let us see the definition of sequence with various examples and then we can find out about sets too along with its examples.

Pure Sequence

What is a Pure Sequence?

A pure sequence is a set of three or more cards of the same suit that are arranged in sequential order. A player cannot use a Joker or a wild card to form a pure sequence in a rummy card game.

Here are a few pure sequence examples.

  1. 8♥ 9♥ 10♥: This is a Pure sequence with three cards and there is no Joker or wild card used.
  2. A♠ 2♠ 3♠ 4♠: This is a pure sequence with four cards and there is no Joker or wild card used.

Impure Sequence

What is an Impure Sequence?

A group of three or more cards of the same suit that includes one or more Joker cards is known as an impure sequence.

Here are a few examples of how an impure sequence can be formed.

  1. 2♦ 3♦ Q♠ 5♦: In this case, Q has been used as a wild Joker in place of 4 to form an impure sequence.
  2. 7♠ Q♥ 9♠ 10♠ PJ: In this case, the wild joker that replaces 8 and the Printed Joker replaces the J.


What is a First Life and Second Life?

There must be at least two sequences in a valid declare. One of the two essential sequences must be a pure sequence, while the other must contain at least four cards.

What is First Life and Second Life?

  1. Definition of First Life: First life is your first pure sequence
  2. Definition of Second Life: Second life is your second pure sequence or first sequence that is impure.

Examples of First Life and Second Life.

  1. Pure First Life- 3♥ 4♥ 5♥
  2. Pure Second Life- A♥ K♥ Q♥ J♥
  3. Pure First Life- 3♥ 4♥ 5♥
  4. Impure Second Life- A♥ J♠ Q♥ J♥ (considering J♠ is joker)

You need at least one pure sequence. Otherwise, the impure sequence is invalid.

What is a Set?

A set is a group of three or more cards that have the same value but are of different suits. You can use wild cards and Jokers to complete sets.

Examples of Valid Sets

  1. K♥ K♣ K♦ (In this set, Kings are of different suits, and they are making a valid set.)
  2. 5♦ 5♣ 5♠ 5♥ ( In this set of four cards, 5 in different suits is making a valid set)
  3. 4♦ Q♠ 4♠ 4♥ (Here Q♠ has been used as wild joker replacing 4♣ to make a set.)
  4. 6♦ 6♣ 6♠ PJ (Printed joker replacing ♥ to make a set.)
  5. 7♦ 7♣ Q♠ PJ (Here Q♠ has been used as wild joker replacing 7♠ & Printed joker replacing 7♥ to make a set.)
  6. 2♦2♣ PJ Q♥ Q♠ (This is a set of 5 cards with Printed joker & Q♥ as wild joker replacing 2♠ 2♥. The extra wild joker Q♠ to complete grouping of 13 cards rummy and make a valid declaration.)


Examples of Invalid Set

K♥ K♥ K♦ (There are two Kings of the same suit ♥ making it an invalid set.)

K♠ K ♦ K♠ Q♥ (It has two kings of the same suit. The wild card Q♥ as the fifth card is valid but having two Kings of Spades is making it an invalid set.)

Hand Rankings

Before we get into any further details, let us see how the cards are ranked in rummy.

The ranking of cards from low to high is Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King.

The cards Ace, Jack, Queen, King have 10 points. The remaining cards 2 to 10 are given points as per their face value. For example, card 2 is equal to 2 points, card 3 is equal to 3 points, card 4 is equal to 4 points, and card 10 is equal to 10 points.

Cards with 10 Points

  • Ace – 10 points
  • King – 10 points
  • Queen – 10 points
  • Jack – 10 points
  • 10 – 10 points

Remaining Cards

  • 9 – 9 points
  • 8 – 8 points
  • 7 – 7 points
  • 6 – 6 points
  • 5 – 5 points
  • 4– 4 points
  • 3– 3 points
  • 2 – 2 points

How to Win an Online Rummy Game?

There are many variations of rummy such as pools rummy, deals rummy, points rummy, Indian rummy, or 13 card rummy, rummy tournaments. You can choose any variant of your choice when you are playing online Rummy. The rules for physical and online rummy are the same. The only difference is that you can play online rummy easily on your smartphone or laptop, and you can play a few free practice games before moving to invest real money to get comfortable with online gaming.

Let us see some general tips and tricks on how to win rummy or how to win online rummy.

How to Win in a Rummy?

  1. Set your Goals in the Beginning.
    You need one pure sequence and one impure sequence. You have to make a pure sequence at any cost. Your impure sequence can be made with a joker. Then you need to make valid sets with the remaining cards. This is fixed, and there can be no compromise in this. Your declaration needs to be valid at any cost or you will lose the game.


  1. Arrange your Cards Properly.
    Keep everything organized to avoid getting confused while picking and discarding the cards. Find every way to make your game easier and play a few free rummy games online to get comfortable with the grouping and pick/discard process.


  1. Watch your Opponents.
    When your opponents are picking and discarding the cards, you will get a fair idea about their cards. Ask questions such as is this player trying to make a sequence with XYZ cards? You need to match your cards in such a way that your opponent cannot meet their goals.


  1. Get rid of High-Value Cards if they are not helpful.
    Cards J, Q, K, A are strong cards. However, they have 10 points. In Rummy, every unused card is given points. The person with the highest point loses. Therefore, it is wise to discard high-value cards if they are of no use.


  1. Use the Joker Card to your Benefit.
    The advantage of a joker in a rummy game should not be underestimated. The idea is to make a pure sequence and an impure sequence. See if you can make an impure sequence with bigger cards using your joker.


  1. Spot the Good Card
    Let us say that you have a 5 and 8. When you are picking cards, a 7 can be a good card because you can make a pure sequence of 5,6,7 or 7,8,9, or 6,7,8. So have a look at the card you receive and spot the card which can help your form a sequence or set easily.


  1. Don't Hold Cards for Long
    The idea is to avoid deadwood points. The deadwood points are the points that a player accumulates with unused cards. The lesser the deadwood point, the better you are. Having zero deadwood points makes you the winner of a rummy game.
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