Rummy Show Rules

Rummy is a very exciting traditional card game and it requires a lot of skill to win the game. You should be analytically and observationally sharp to be one of the best at rummy. And for that, you’ll need a lot of practice. Along with that, few strategies need to be followed to win the game. To win a rummy game a player must make a valid declaration before anyone else. A valid declaration is also known as “show”.

What’s a valid declaration in rummy?

A valid declaration or a valid show needs to follow the below set of rules –

1

A valid declaration must contain 13 cards in hand.

2

It should have at least 2 sequences.

3

It should have at least 1 valid pure sequence – A sequence of at least three cards of the same suit. A joker card cannot be used to create a pure sequence.

4

The second sequence can be pure or impure. An impure sequence has at least three cards of the same suit with the use of either printed or wild card joker.

5

After you’ve met the condition of forming 2 sequences, the rest of the cards can be grouped into either sets or sequences. Sets are a group of 3 or 4 cards with the same rank but different suits.

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When the winner plays a valid show, he gets 0 points.

Example 1 : Declaring with pure sequences and sets

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Pure Sequence

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Sequence

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Example 2 : Declaring with pure and impure sets and sequences.

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Impure Sequence

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Deal show in rummy

If a player makes a valid declaration during the first round of turns after the beginning of the game, it is called a deal show. Now, since other players might not have gotten their turn, it’s unfair to punish them for it. Therefore, in the case of a deal show, the following rules are valid:

  • The losing player gets points equal to half of his/her hand score. For example, if the hand score for a losing player is 60 points, then the player gets 30 points as his score.
  • The minimum number of points a losing player can get in this case is 2 (for scores 2, 3, 4, & 5).
  • The maximum number of points for a losing player, in this case, is 40 (for scores 80 or more).

Wrong Show or Invalid Declaration in rummy

If a player makes a declaration without fulfilling the aforementioned conditions for a valid declaration, it is known as an invalid declaration or invalid show. For example, let’s say you made an invalid declaration, you’ll pay a penalty of 80 points in Pool 101, Pool 201,Deals, Points, and 60 points in Pool 61.

So whatever you do, don’t make an invalid declaration.

Example 1 : Invalid set

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In the above example, 7 , 7 , 7 , 7 is an invalid set because 2 cards are of the same suit : 7 .

Example 2 : Declaring without any sequence

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In the above example, there is no sequence. Hence, it’s an invalid show.

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