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How to Play Rummy



There’s nothing like playing a hand of cards with some new friends. Join Joe on the 2nd floor as he teaches participates how to play Rummy in a friendly and cheerful atmosphere. There are many variations of this game throughout the country, but Joe will be showing the rules he learned growing up. We hope to see you there!


Joe’s Rummy Rules:


Rummy is played with a 52-card deck. No jokers or wildcards.


Rank of cards and points:


Aces = 15 points;

Kings, Queens, Jacks, and Tens = 10 points;

Cards numbered 2 through 9 = 5 points.


Object of the Game:


Players get points by playing three of a kind, or by playing runs of three or more cards in the same suit in numerical order. For example, if you have 5, 6, and 7 of clubs, you can play those cards. Once those cards are in play, other players can play off your run. So if someone has an 8 of clubs, he or she can play that card for points when it’s their turn.

Aces can be played in runs in two different ways: 1.) They count as a ‘one,’ in the following run: A, 2, 3. 2.) Or they can be used in a run as the highest card in the deck where the run looks like this: Q, K, A.


As with any game, the object is to get the most points. Usually we settle on a sum, and whoever reaches that sum first wins. We will be setting the game to 250 points. Multiple hands will be played until one of the players reaches a grand total of 250 points or more.


How many cards does each player get?


It depends on how many people are playing. (Depending on how many people we get to participate, we may have to use two decks of cards which I have not done before)

If there are 2 players, each player gets 9 cards.

If there are 3 players, each player gets 7 cards.

If there are 4 or more players, each player gets 5 cards.


How to play the game:


The dealer shuffles the cards. When he or she is done shuffling, the person on his or her left cuts the cards. After the dealer deals everybody their cards, the dealer then sets the remaining cards face down, draws the first card from the top of the deck, and sets it down face up. The person on his or her left takes their turn first. He or she can either take the card that is face up, or he or she can draw a card from the top of the deck. If the player doesn’t have any points to play, he or she then has to discard. After that, the next person takes their turn. As time progresses, the discard pile gets larger. A person can take the top card when it’s their turn. If they want to take more than one card from the discard pile, they have to be able to play the bottom card of the pile immediately.


How to Rummy someone:


If someone discards a card that can be played off of someone’s run, simply say “Rummy” and get the points.

If a card in the discard pile can be played, and it’s buried, you cannot call “Rummy” on it. You can, however, pick up the pile from the playable card, and add it to your points when it’s your turn. But you will be stuck with all those other cards you picked up too.


How a person goes out:


The hand is over when one of the players goes out. This means that he or she has no cards left in their hand, and that they discard. If they are unable discard, they are not out, and it’s the next player’s turn. When a person goes out, the other players lose points. Whatever the other players have in their hand counts against their total score. The score can go into the negative numbers.


Have Fun!!!


We are playing to have fun and meet new people. We are not playing for money, so there are no stakes. If you win, be humble. If you lose, lose with grace.


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