Rummy Card Game Rules: How to Play

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Rummy is a group of matching-card games notable for similar gameplay based on matching cards of the same rank or sequence and same suit. The basic goal in any form of rummy is to build melds which can be either sets (three or four of a kind of the same rank) or runs (three or more sequential cards of the same suit).

The Deck and Players

  • Players: 2 to 6.
  • Deck: Standard 52-card deck, sometimes with one or two jokers.


  • To be the first to form all cards in hand into melds.


  1. Dealing: Each player is dealt a specific number of cards.
  2. Drawing and Discarding: Each turn, draw a card from the deck or discard pile and end the turn by discarding a card.
  3. Forming Melds: Create sets or runs with your cards.
  4. Laying Off: Optionally adding cards to existing melds.


  • The first player to meld all their cards wins. Other players score penalty points for unmelded cards.


  • Points are scored based on the value of cards melded and subtracted for cards left unmelded.


  • Watch what others are drawing or discarding to anticipate their moves.
  • Balance between forming melds and keeping useful cards for potential combinations.

Rummy is a game of skill and strategy, requiring players to think ahead and adapt to changing situations.

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