Rummy Rules

RummyRummy is one of the world's best-known and most popular games, due in large part to its simplicity and elegance. The object is to get rid of all the cards in your hand by either creating your own sets - three or more of a kind, or three or more consecutive cards of the same suit - or by adding a single card to other existing sets (either your own or your opponents).

The Basics of Rummy

"Rummy" refers more to an entire class of games than to one particular game. Most Rummy games share the central concept of a "meld" – three or more of a kind (♠9-9-♣9, for example) or three or more consecutive values of the same suit (♣9-♣10-♣J, for example).

In the simplest form of Rummy, 2 to 6 can play, a standard 52-card is used, and each player is dealt their cards (10 cards each for 2 players, 7 cards each for 3-4 players, and 6 cards each for 5-6 players. The remainder of the deck is turned face-down and becomes the stock pile, the top card of which it turned up and begins the discard pile.

Each player, in turn, draws a card, either the exposed card from the top of the discard pile or the mystery card from the top of the stock pile. The play may then lay off any melds in their hand (or add to any existing meld, either their own or one of their opponents). When done, the player discards one card face-up on the discard pile.

The first player to get rid of all their cards wins the hand, and scores the sum total of all the points in their opponent's hands, counting each ace as 1, each numbered card as its value, and each face card as 10. A game is played to an arbitrary number of points, as agreed at the beginning of the game.

This is "basic rummy", from which all (or most) rummy games are derived.

For rules to other rummy games, check out Canasta Rules, Gin Rummy Rules, Hand and Foot Rules, Samba Rules, Contract Rummy Rules, Kaluki Rules, Rummikub Rules, and many more courtesy of

Rummy Rule Links

The following sites provide authoritative rules to play Rummy card games:

  • offers a comprehensive collection of rules and resources for rummy games, including Gin Rummy, Canasta, and more.
    A web site that provides rules for a number of rummy games. It's all about Rummy!
  • Pagat Rummy
    John McLeod's Rummy page, with rules, strategies and links. Covers both basic Rummy as well as numerous variations.
    This German/French web site provides rules and strategy tips for a number of rummy games.
  • Wikipedia: Rummy Games
    A Rummy information page from Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia. Includes basic Rummy rules to the game and Rummy links.
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Last Update: August 23rd, 2011