How to play gin rummy card game basics and tips

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Gin Rummy is a captivating card game that combines strategy and skill. Here’s a quick guide to get you started.


The goal of Gin Rummy is to form valid sets and runs to score points while trying to minimize the points in unmatched cards.


  • 2 players
  • 52-card deck without jokers
  • Each player is dealt 10 cards


  • Draw: Take the top card from the draw pile or discard pile.
  • Discard: Place one card face-up on the discard pile.
  • Melds: Create sets (three or four cards of the same rank) or runs (three or more consecutive cards of the same suit).

Winning Tips

  • Aim to knock early with minimal deadwood points.
  • Watch your opponent’s discards and avoid helping them form melds.
  • Keep track of which cards are out of play for better strategy.

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