If you have ever played rummy online, you will realize that a proper strategy is required to win on a consistent basis. But there are certain things that you must be aware of before you start learning the strategies. The main one is that luck will also play a substantial role in the game, because there are about 16 billion combinations of cards that can be dealt to you in rummy. And using a good strategy will increase your chances of winning significantly.
Factors that remain constant
There are certain aspects of rummy that will never change. For instance, there are only 13 possible sets (a meld of 3 or 4 cards having the same value) that can be made in a single hand of rummy online. When it comes to runs (3 or more consecutive cards of the same suite), you can make a maximum score of 44 in a single hand. Also, it is always easier to extend a run than extending a set. This is because you can extend the run on either side, but you would need one specific card for extending a set. This makes extending a run twice as easier as extending a set.
Knowing which melds to create
Sets: Rummy uses a single deck of 52 cards. So, when a card is lost in the open pile, you cannot use it. This makes it very important to keep a track of the cards that are being discarded. If you want to make a set of 8's and one 8 has already been lost in the open pile then it greatly reduces the chances of making the set. If two 8's have been lost in the pile, then it is impossible to make the set of 8's.
Runs: You should always look at making an open run and not a closed run. If you have a 5 of hearts and a 7 of hearts, then you will need a 6 of hearts for completing the run. This is a closed run as you need a specific card to complete it. However, if you have an 8 of clubs and a 9 of clubs then you will be able to complete the run with either a 10 of clubs or a 7 of clubs. This is an example of an open run. Open runs allow you a better chance of completing the meld.
Discarding safe cards: You can increase your chances of winning by ensuring that your opponents don't get the cards which they want. For this, you need to keep an eye on the cards being discarded. If a 6 has been discarded, then you can safely assume that your opponent does not need a 6. However, you should also see the suite of the discarded card. This is because your opponent may be looking to bait you. If your opponent has 6 of clubs, 7 of spades and 8 of spades, then he/she might discard the 6 of clubs. Assuming your opponent does not need a six, you will throw a six of spades. This will help in completing the run. This tactic is called baiting and you should be careful about it.
Keeping the builders: While playing rummy online, your opponents can lay melds on the table at any given time. You might have certain cards that allow you to build upon your opponents' melds. You need to observe the cards being picked up by opponents and then decide which builders will benefit you the most and keep them.
These are some of the strategies that can help you in rummy. Good memory of these strategies and a small of amount of luck can go a long way in improving your odds for winning.