How to play Rummy

By | Oct 2, 2015

Rummy has been one of the most commonly played games in India. It is a game of patience and skill. Playing Rummy invigorates your mind and makes you more alert. Learning how to play rummy would be fun, and the best place to learn  how to play Rummy would be .

Rummy Circle is an ideal platform where newbie’s & expert players can not only enjoy the game but also make some money.

There are a couple of variants of the Rummy game and hence it is a mandate that you understand all the Rummy rules. It can be 2 or 6 player game. Let’s start off by looking at the basics of Rummy.

Knowing your Deck

Rummy being a card game let us understand the very basics – Cards, Suits etc.

  • A Pack/Deck of cards has a total of 52 cards.
  • It is divided into 4 suits & 13 cards of each.
How to play rummy

How to play rummy


  • Rummy is a ‘Draw and Discard type of game.
  • The main objective of the game is to dispose all the cards from your hand.

Players and cards

  • Number of players can range from two to six maximum.
  • 13 cards are dealt to each player.


Each player has draws a card form either of the two piles: any card from the Stock pile or the top card from the Discard pile.

Disposing of cards

Disposing of the cards in hand is the main objective of Rummy. It is done in three ways:

  • Melding

Melding is optional. A player may place three or more cards in form sets or sequences. These cards have to be placed face up. The player can keep melds in his/her hand as tactic to gain more points.

Set: Laying down three or more cards of the same rank from different suits.


How to play rummy

How to play rummy

Sequence: Laying down three or more cards from the same suit in a proper sequence.


  • Laying off

Just like Melding, Laying off is also optional. The player adds cards to the already melded cards on the table – your meld or your opponent’s melds. There is no restriction to the number of cards to be added.


Laying Off Rummy

Laying Off in Rummy

  • Discarding

Unlike Melding and Laying Off, Discarding is a compulsory option. The player finishes his/her turn by discarding a card from hand to the discard pile. Once a player discards a card then he cannot meld or lay off till his/her next turn.

One complete turn starts with drawing a card – from stock pile or discard pile, then the player may meld or lay off (optional) and completes his/her turn by discarding a card to the discard pile.

Stock Pile

Stock Pile is a pile of face-down cards from where the player can draw a card. As the pile starts depleting, the top card from the discard pile is laid aside and the remaining cards are shuffled. They are than used as Stock Pile.

Scoring/Points System

Ace & Face’s (Jack, King, and Queen) have 10 points each. The remaining cards carry points corresponding to the ‘Number’ displayed on the card i.e. Card with ‘4’ carries ‘4’ points and the same is applicable for other numbered cards.


One card from the rest of the deck is the Joker. It is a randomly selected. The card also called as ‘Paplu’ can be used in place of any other card. If used effectively, it is one of the most effective cards in the entire deck!!

We hope that these tips help you to polish your game of Indian Rummy. There is no better place to learn & grow as a Rummy Player than RummyCircle. So, Log On.. Play On

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