Rummy is among the group of card games which are based on matching similar types of cards. Rummy has a complicated past but most people believe that the Mexican game called Conquian is the true ancestor of this game. Conquian itself is considered to be a descendent of a Chinese game called Khanhoo which traces its roots to Mahjong.
With the tremendous growth of online gambling industry, Rummy has also seen escalation in its online popularity. Online rummy games can be enjoyed by any age group and are quite easy to learn. Most of the variants of rummy online allow 2 to 4 people to play, but some of them may allow as many as 6 players. Here are a few details about the most popular versions of the game.
Gin rummy is perhaps the most popular version of rummy online. Gin rummy has features common to various other rummy games, but there are some unique rules which make Gin Rummy so much fun.
The main aim of the game is to get rid of all the cards in your hand by making legal melds. A secondary objective of gin rummy is to minimize the amount of deadwood. Deadwood is used for describing the cards that you cannot meld with cards in your hand or on the table.
Game play: A single card deck is used without jokers for the game and every card has certain points associated with it. Cards from 1 to 10 have a value corresponding to their face value while all the face cards are worth 10 points. A single turn by a player comprises of two moves. The first one is to pick a card from the discard pile or the deck while the second move is to dispose off a card to the discard pile. The players try to collect cards that help in making the melds.
Melds: Melds can be of two types - a set or a run. Run refers to a group of three consecutive cards which belong to the same suite. A set is a group of 3 or more cards with the same rank.
Finishing the game: When you play Gin rummy online, there are three different ways in which the game can end. The first one is when a player creates melds out of all the cards he/she has and throws the last card in the knock area. In this case, the other players will receive a penalty equivalent to the sum of their deadwood cards. The other scenario is when a player makes meld out of majority of the cards and has a deadwood count of less than 10. Also, a player can knock and then other players get a chance to add cards to the knocker's melds. If a player manages to end the game with a deadwood count less than the knocker, then he/she wins and the knocker receives a penalty of 25 points.
Kalooki 51 is another rummy game based upon making melds. One difference from Gin rummy is that jokers are allowed in Kalooki 51. You can use the joker as any card to complete a meld. But if you do not win, then a joker is equivalent to 25 penalty points. A player can create melds only after creating an initial meld of value greater than 51. The goal is the same as Gin rummy- to get rid of all the cards.
Kalooki 40 is very similar to Kalooki 51. But, the requirement for laying down melds is to create an initial meld of value more than 40 and not 51. Also, the joker is worth 15 points instead of 25. To know how much fun playing rummy online can be, just try your hand at any of these games.