OBJECT OF RUMMY: The object of Rummy is to be the first player to empty their hand and go out.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 or more players

MATERIALS: A standard deck of 52 cards (or 2 decks if playing with a bigger group of players), a way to keep score, and a flat surface.

TYPE OF GAME: Rummy Card Game



Rummy is a Rummy card game for 2 or more players. The goal of the game is to empty your hand first by melding and discarding cards from your hand.


The first dealer is chosen randomly and passes to the left for each new deal. The deck is shuffled and deal each player their hand of cards one card at a time.

In a 2-player game, a 10-card hand is dealt. In a 3 or 4 player game, a 7-card hand is dealt, and in a 5 or more player game, a 6-card hand is dealt.

All non-dealt cards are placed centrally facedown as a stockpile.

Card Ranking and Values

The ranking for this game is King (high), Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, Ace (low). In most games, an ace can be high or low in rank but cannot bridge king to 2.

During scoring, players will pay out points based on the cards remaining in their hands. cards 2 through 10 have their numeric value of points, and face cards are worth 10 points each. Aces are worth only 1 point.


The game starts with the player to the left of the dealer. On a player’s turn, they may draw either the top card from the face down stockpile or the top card from the face-up discard pile. either way, the card is added to the player’s hand.

The player may then choose to place any melds they have in hand onto the table, or if they have previously played a meld of their own, they may also add to other players’ melds. A meld can consist of either 3 or 4 cards all of the same rank, or 3 or more cards of the same suit in ranking order.

After a player has played any melds or added to melds, they will discard a card. Players will also discard a card to end their turn if they cannot or wish not to play any cards from hand. all discarded cards are played face up to the discard pile. if a player previously drew the top card from the discard pile, it cannot be re-discarded this turn.

When a player either plays or discards the last card from their hand it is called going out. This ends the game and scoring begins.

If the stockpile is depleted before a player goes out, the next player may choose to draw from the faceup discard pile or flip the discard pile without shuffling to form a new stockpile. The game then continues.


After a player has gone out and the round ends players will score for the game. each player will pay a number of points equal to the value of cards remaining in their hand.

If a player managed to go rummy, which means a player goes out in one turn without previously melding any cards, the points each player pays them is doubled.


The game ends when players wish it to. A game may last a certain number of deals or to a certain point value. The winner is the player with the most points.    

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