Rummy Game Rules

13 cards rummy is a generic term of Indian Rummy. This card game is simple to play and here is a tutorial with simple strategies.

No. of players and Decks

2 to 6 players – 2 decks of cards ( 52 cards each deck ) and 2 face jokers (optional)

  • Suits : 200x200 Rummy Game Rules

Deck : A deck consist of 4 suits with 13 cards each.

  • Cards : Ace 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Jack Queen King


The objective of the game is meld the cards in sequences and/or sets.

Each player is dealt 13 cards and the remaining cards are placed face down (stock pile) and the top card of the stock pile is face open and placed side to the stock pile creating a discard pile. One card is randomly picked to be the joker for that game ( the number picked is a joker irrespective of suit ). Each player will take the turns to draw a card or discard arrange the cards in sequences and/or sets which is called meld.

Draw and Discard

  • Every player can either draw the card from the stock pile or discard pile on his/her turn.
  • Every player has to discard one card to the discard pile after drawing a card.

Next player draws the discarded card of the opponent or draw a card from the stock pile and this continues till some one declare the melds ( sequences and/or sets )

Sequences and/or Sets

  • Pure Sequence : 3 or more cards with consecutive numbers.
    • 4 5 6 or 4 ♣ 5 ♣ 6 ♣ 7 ♣
  • Duplicate : 3 or more cards formed in sequences using a joker.
    • 4 ♠ 9 6 ♠ 7 ♠ ( if 9 is a joker )
  • Set : 3 or more cards with same face value but different suits.
      • 6 6 ♠ 6

    ( or )

    • 7 ♣ 7 ♣ K 7 ♣ ( if K is a joker )

Melding of Cards

A player draw the card from the pile ( stock pile or discard pile ) and discard to arrange the 13 cards in sequences and/or sets.

  • One need to have at-least 2 sequences of which one is a pure sequence to be a winner and remaining in sets and/or sequences.
  • One 4 card meld is must.
  • Player need to declare the melds to be a winner.

Winner of the game will get zero points.

  • Numbered cards : 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 worth their face value.
  • Ace, Jack, Queen and King worth 10 points each.

All the non-grouped cards are scored up to the maximum of 80 points according to the face values.


The player who reaches the maximum score that is set to the table first will be eliminated respectively and the player who remains on the table is the ultimate winner.

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