OBJECT OF PAY ME: The objective of Pay Me is to be the player with the lowest number of points after eleven rounds of gameplay.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 to 6 Players

MATERIALS: 1 Standard Deck of Playing Cards

TYPE OF GAME: Rummy Type Card Game



Pay me is a rummy like game in which the goal is to build melds with the cards in your hand, increasing the number of cards that can be dealt. The game is played in eleven rounds, and the goal is to obtain as few points as you possibly can.


To begin setup, the cards have to be shuffled and dealt. Each player is dealt three cards in the first round. In the following rounds, the player to the left of the dealer becomes the new dealer and another card is dealt to each player.

The rest of the cards are placed in the center of the table, facing down. The top card of the deck is revealed and placed beside the deck, creating the discard pile. The game is ready to begin.


During their turn, players will draw one card and discard one card from their hand. The round continues, and players take turns, until a player declares “Pay Me”. This occurs when they have melded sets in their hand.

During gameplay, cards may be melded into sets of cards that include at least three cards of the same rank. Melded sets may also include a run of three cards that are in one suit. A player may declare “Pay Me” if their hand melds out during discarding.

The player may need to set up a run or set of more than three cards in order to meld out. A run must include three cards, but may include more than that. Wild cards, such as Jokers, and the number card equal to the number of cards being dealt, can be used in place of any card if needed.

Gameplay continues clockwise around the group. Other players get one turn after a player declares “Pay Me”. Once everyone has had their turn, they lay out their melds. Cards that are not part of a meld count as points. Aces through sevens count five points each, and eights through Kings could ten points apiece.


The game comes to an end after eleven rounds. After the points have been tallied, the player with the lowest number of points wins the game!

Nakoa Davis