Indian Rummy

Indian Rummy is an exciting game that is an excellent source of entertainment and is great for stimulating your intellect. You can play it on any online gambling website. The game may use many decks, depending on the number of players. A player aims to build combinations out of their cards; the first to do that wins.

Possible Combinations

The combinations accepted in Indian Rummy are below. These can be sequences or sets. 

  1. Pure Sequence: Consecutive cards without joker
  2. Impure Sequence: Consecutive cards with joker
  3. Rummy Sets: Cards with the same face value. This group is like that in a slot machine.

Hand Scores

Hand scores are the penalty score for not being able to group the cards. Usually, the game has multiple rounds; the score adds up with each one.


You play Rummy with multiple decks; however, each person gets thirteen cards to play. They must divide their cards into a maximum of four groups. These groups can be sequences or sets. You can have any number of cards in a Rummy sequence; you can only have a maximum of four cards in a Rummy set. 

The first person to group all their thirteen cards wins. They declare the victory by placing the fourteenth card face down instead of discarding it. And the game ends. Then, you count the hand scores of every player; it is the sum of the values of ungrouped cards. 

Is Online Rummy legal?

According to the Indian Supreme court, the online Rummy is a game of skill. Therefore it is legal. However, the choice of which games to allow depends on the state. The Kerala government had previously banned online Rummy; it lifted the ban recently. 

Rank of Cards

In Indian Rummy, knowing card ranks are necessary for making a sequence. Ace can be the lowest or the highest. You can use it to make a sequence (A, 2, 3) or (A, K, Q). 

Game Play

  1. The dealer shuffles the cards.
  2. The person to the dealer’s left cuts the card. They then randomly pick out a card; you can use it as the joker. The number of jokers depends on the number of decks used. To get the total number of jokers, multiply the number of decks by four and add two (number of real jokers).
  3. The dealer starts with the right, and everyone gets thirteen cards. You deal the cards one by one in Indian Rummy
  4. After everyone gets thirteen cards, the dealer places the remaining cards on a faceup joker. Thus, the available jokers to play is one less than the total number of jokers.
  5. Then the dealer places the top card of the remaining deck faceup. The player who starts the game can either choose to use that card or draw one card from the deck. They can either discard or accept the card. If they keep the card, they must discard another card.
  6. The next player can then use the discarded card or draw a card from the deck. The game continues like this. 
  7. When a player groups their thirteen cards, they declare themselves the winner. They place their card face down instead of discarding it. Then they must show the grouped cards. They must have at least a pure sequence and a set. 

Dropping Out or Folding

You can drop out or fold if you think you gave a bad hand. This decision is the most important one in the game. However, if you fold, you get a penalty score on your account. The score depends on the number of decks used. For a single deck, you get 20 points; for a double-deck, you get 25 points, and so on. 

The Joker Card

A joker card is a wild card that you can use in place of the required card to create a combination. For example, you make a sequence if you place a joker with A and 2. But this sequence will be impure. You must always have at least one pure Rummy sequence.

Sometimes when selecting the joker for the round, you get the joker itself. 

You may use Ace as the joker for the round in such situations. 

Example of a Winning Hand

  • A pure set with K, Q, J.
  • An impure one with A, Joker, 3, 4, 5
  • A Rummy set with four fours 

Invalid declaration

It does not happen in an online game; you can only declare if your groupings are proper. If the groups made are not valid, and you go for a show, it is an invalid declaration. Example:

  1. Not having a pure sequence
  2. A set of more than four cards

Tips on playing Rummy

  1. Always aim to form a pure sequence before trying for other groups.
  2. Ensure that you discard cards with high values like an Ace or a King.
  3. It would be better not to use discarded piles as others may know your status. 
  4. Remember not to discard jokers; never forget the one for the round. 
  5. Before making a declaration, double-check your groups.

In conclusion, Indian Rummy is a fun game that can improve your decision skills and memory. You can play with your friends and family, and you can play online. The game will provide an excellent experience.

By Manali