Everything You Need to Know About Indian Rummy Game


Everything You Need to Know About Indian Rummy Game

There are many different types of games in the world today. A lot of games also have different variations. The Indian Rummy Game is a Variation of the card game. Some other variations of the Rummy game include gin rummy and Rummy 500. The Indian Rummy Game is a sort of cross between these 2 variations. The Rummy 500 can be played by 2 to 8 players, the gin rummy can be played by only 2 players, while the Indian Rummy Game can be played by 2 to 6 players. Furthermore, as opposed to the Rummy 500 game where 7 cards can be distributed to each player when there are a higher number of players, 13 cards are distributed to each player irrespective of the number of players. The fun and pleasure from winning an Indian Rummy Game has made it a popular offline and online game in India and many other countries.

Objective of the Game

The objective of the Indian Rummy game is similar to that of the general Rummy. However, the number of cards that is distributed to every player in the Indian Rummy game is 13. This is the only difference between the Indian version and the standard version. The game is aimed at being the first to meld all you card into sets and/or sequences alone. Once you have achieved this, you declare or submit. If there are just 2 players and your declaration is right, you win the game and the other player loses. If on the other hand, your declaration was a false alarm, you lose and the other player wins. When the number of players are more than 2, a wrong declaration will lead to the loss of 80 points and exemption from the rest of the game as the remaining players continue to battle for the first to have the required cards to declare a win. When there is a valid win and the players are more than 2, their points are calculated to rank them.

How Many People Can Play the Indian Rummy Game?

The Indian Rummy Game can be played by between 2 and 6 players. When only 2 players are playing the game, 2 card decks are required. However, when the number of players exceed 2, 3 card decks is required. Thirteen cards are distributed to each player when the game starts. By changing cards with the open or closed deck, they get the opportunity to meld their cards into sets and/or sequences that are valid.

What does Set and Sequence Mean in the Indian Rummy Game?

A set represents 3 or more cards of the same number of differentsuits or symbolswith a particular player. For example, A with the heart symbol, A with the club symbol and A with the spade symbol, among the cards of a particular player is a set. On the other hand, a sequence is when the player has 3 or more cards with sequential numbers and the same suit or symbol. For example, a 3, 4, 5 card with the same diamond symbol is a sequence. It is worthy of note that a set cannot be more than 4 cards, since there are only 4 different types of suits in a card deck. You cannot because 2 card decks are being used, have the same card suit in a set. A set must consist of a maximum of 1 heart suit, I club suit, 1 spade suit and 1 diamond suit. Thus, a set can only be either 3 or 4 cards; no more, no less.

During the course of the game, each player has the opportunity to change a card that differs the most from his set of cards, with the hope of getting a card that will be able to form a set or sequence with the game that he is holding.

Difference Between Pure and Impure Sequence

There are 2 types of sequences. There is the pure sequence and the impure sequence. In the case of the pure sequence, it means that you have the same suit of card in sequential number. For example, 2, 3, 4, 5, all with the heart suit. The cards have to be a minimum of 3 cards. It can be more than 3 cards. For the Impure suit, you could use a wild card or joker to make up for a missing sequential number. For example, if a particular card type was selected as a joker, you can use it to replace any number. If number 8 with heart suit was selected to be a wild joker and you have a cards of 2, 3 and 5, all with diamondsuit, you can use the 8 to replace the 4. This will however, be an impure sequence.

How Can You Win When Playing the Indian Rummy Game?

To win when playing the Indian Rummy Game, at the least, you must have a pure sequence of at least 3 cards, an impure sequence of at least 3 cards and 1 or 2 sets of a minimum of 3 cards each. An example will be having 4, 5, 6, 7, with the spade suit (pure sequence) as well as2, 3, both with the heart suit and 7 with the club suit, assuming the 7 club suit is a wild joker (impure sequence). Then you could have Q, Q, Q, with different suits as the first set (all suits must be different for the set, you can’t have 2 Qs with the same suit as a set) and another 4, 4, with the same suit and a joker. A joker can be used to complete a set or complete an impure sequence. With this collection of cards, you can submitand win the game. It is however, possible for your pure sequence to be made up of 5 cards, your impure sequence to be made up of 5 cards and then you have a set made up of 3 cards. The implication is that you must have at least 2 sequence (1 must be pure and 1 impure) and at least 1 set (there is no pure or impure set, whether with joker or not), to win the game. This means you can’t use 2 pure sequence and a set to win as you will be lacking an impure sequence just as you can’t use 2 impure sequence and 1 pure sequence to win as you will be lacking a set. You need the 3 categories of card sets among your 13 cards to win the game.

How are Points Calculated in the Indian Rummy Game?

Once an individual has met the conditions for winning an Indian Rummy Game and declares, the points of all the other players are calculated. The calculation helps in ranking the rest of the player such that if there are 6 players, we can have the first position (the winner), second position, third position, fourth position, fifth position and sixth position. In the event of a wrong declaration of winning (when a player claims to have won but did not meet the condition), he will be dropped from the game and he will lose 80 points. This is because 80 points is the highest point that a player can have in the Indian Rummy Game. The implication is that after calculating, if your cards value exceeds 80 points, your points will be rounded down to 80 points. Thus, a wrong declaration automatically gives you the last position or one of the last positions. Now, how do we calculate the values for the remaining players that played until a real winner declares.

The cards you are holding when the winner declares will be used to determine what your total point is, and subsequently, what your position in the game will be. There are 13 values of card in the Indian Rummy Game. They include A, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, J, K Q. A, J, K and Q are known as high value cards and are to be counted as 10 points each. The other cards are counted according to their face value for instance, 2 will be counted as 2 points while 8 will be counted as 8 points. Joker and wild cards (a card that has been selected to serve as a joker) will be counted as zero points.

There are other rules that are followed while counting the points on the cards. For some people (those who have met the condition to win the game), none of their cards will be counted meaning they have zero points and they are the winner. The other rules for counting the points of the remaining players are as follows:

·         If miss your turn 3 consecutive times during the game because you feel it will be unfavorable, you get 40 points and you are dropped from the game.

·         If you decide to forfeit the game before your very first pick when it is your turn, you get 20 points total.

·         If you decide to forfeit the game after you have picked your first, you get 40 total points.

·         If you don’t have a pure sequence as well as one other sequence, your full game is counted. For example, 4 club, 4 love, 4 spade | 4 diamond 5 diamond Q diamond | 3 club 7 club 8 club | Q diamond K diamond | 10 club 9 club did not form any pure sequence, thus the total card will be calculated to be 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 5 + 10 + 3 + 7 + 8 + 10 + 10 + 10 + 9 (Remember A, J, K and Q are calculated as 10 points. Thus, this player will leave the table with a total of 68 points.

·         If you already have 2 sequences that has at least 1 pure, and then 1 set, the cards that are not part of you sequences and sets will be counted. For instance, if only 8 diamond 5 club and K club are the only cards that do not form a valid sequence or set in your cards that already have a pure sequence, then those are the only values that will be calculated. You will thus, get a total of 8 + 5 + 10 points equaling 13 points.

·         If you have 2 sequences with 1 impure and the other pure but no set, only the cards that    are not part of your pure and impure sequences will be counted.


Indian Rummy Terminologies and their Meaning

These are the Indian Rummy terminologies you might come across and their meanings:

Sequence: 3 or more cards that their numbers are sequential and have the same suit.

Set: 3 or more cards with different suits but the same rank.

Wild joker: A card that was selected randomly when the game was starting that serve as a joker, and can thus replace missing cards to form a set or impure sequence.

Dealing: The process of sharing 13 cards to every player

Show: Successfully declaring all your cards after meeting the conditions for winning.

Draw and discard: Exchanging one of your card in the closed or open deck.

Melding: Arranging your cards to proper sequences and sets.

Round: The opportunity a player gets during the game to carry out an action

Drop: An option where a player willingly decides to forfeit the game and leave with 20 or 40 points if it’s a first drop or middle drop.

Shuffling: Handling the cards to randomly rearrange them.

Wrong submit: Submitting without meeting the conditions for a win.

Toss: The process for determining who starts the game. Each player gets a random card, the person with the highest card goes first.

Closed deck: The remaining 13 cards after the dealing of cards to the players

Open deck: The cards that were discarded by the players.



The Indian Rummy game has afforded a lot of Indians and various people from all over the world the opportunity to test their skills, catch fun and even win money. This is because as winning money from Indian Rummy Game when you win, is not considered gambling but a reward for your skill. It is thus legal in India.