The Different Card Games of Rummy
Rummy in itself is a very popular card game. Because of its relatively
simple rules and unique and engaging game play, it has become one of the
favorite card games around the world. This is by any means no easy feat,
considering that the many believe and consider Poker as the most popular
card game to date. Of course, there is no denying that Poker has its
charm; it is, after all, an ideal gambling game. But Rummy games are much
more than that, and it has much more than what Poker can offer.
games of Rummy are unique yet with a certain flare that makes players
keep coming back for more. A delightful characteristic of most of the
card games of Rummy is their similarity; all of them have the same core
rules. However, the little differences in the rules make them already
different from each other. Here are some of the popular card (and not so
popular) games of Rummy.
Oklahoma Gin is among the popular card games of Rummy, played by
millions all over the globe through online card game websites. Oklahoma
Gin is, in turn, a variation of the Gin Rummy. The same basic rules
apply: the player who knocks and has the least number of points in his
hand wins. The points in oneís hand are decided according to the deadwood
and the melds in the playerís hand. For example, a meld is a certain
combination of cards, which could either be a run or a set. A run is a
card sequence with the same suit (for example, eight spade-nine spade-10
spade) while a run is a set of similarly numbered cards (for example,
eight spade-eight club-eight diamond). A meld should at least have three
cards. Cards that are part of a meld do not have corresponding points. On
the other hand, cards that are not part of the meld have points (based on
their number or face value; face cards are value at ten points, while a
eight card, for example, is valued at eight).
These cards are called
deadwood. In a regular game of Gin Rummy, a player wins if he forms a gin
(all 10 cards are part of a meld) or if he knocks (a player can knock if
he has 10 points or less) and his deadwood is lesser compared to the
opponent (if the opponent has lesser deadwood, the opponent wins even if
he did not declare the knock). However, in an Oklahoma Gin game, the
knock is predetermined by the first upcard from the stock pile (which
also serves as the discard pile). For example, if the first upcard is a
five card, then the minimum point to declare a knock is five. If the
first upcard is an ace card, a gin is required in order to win.
Obviously, this increases the gameís difficulty and is more suited for
advanced players. Another Gin Rummy variation is the Hollywood Gin. In
this type of Gin Rummy, the scoring per each round is different; the
score of each round is carried over to the next. The game lasts for three
rounds, meaning the game has a set number of rounds unlike other games.
The rules in this game are hardly changed.
Mah Jongg and Rummikub
These are among the card games of Rummy, even if it is not actually
played using cards. Mah Jongg is a popular Chinese tile game, which has
the same principle of forming melds, drawing and discarding tiles, and
creating winning combinations in order to win. Unlike the usual card
games of Rummy, Mah Jongg has a number of combinations. These
combinations are so numerous, in fact, that a number of them are hardly
used on play. On the other hand, Rummikub has the same principle of meld
forming as the other card games of Rummy. However, instead of cards,
tiles are used. Also, colors are used instead of suits, and the numbers
range from one to 13. Mah Jongg is part of the card games of Rummy for
two distinct reasons: it is said that this game is among the origins of
Rummy, and this game can be played using normal playing cards. Of course,
optimum results can be achieved when using the tiles. Rummikub can also
be played using cards.
Another one of the card games of Rummy which is quite well-known, 500
Rum is said to be the origin of other popular card games such as Canasta.
500 Rum plays similar to other card games of Rummy. However, 500 Rumís
distinctive feature is how each meld is scored instead of the score being
computed at the end of the game.
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