Rummy is an enjoyable group of interlocking card games famous for the similar gameplay characteristic of matching pairs of cards of the same suit or rank and the similar suit itself. The main objective in any form of rummy is to construct melds that are of a similar rank, either of the same suit or of equal rank; these rank are commonly known as run ups and best cards. Most importantly there is the point system, which determines the actual worth of a card. A lot of thought goes into the selection of cards to construct melds and one mistake could make a game unplayable.
Rummy can be played with two to four players; with the usual variation, each player receives seven cards face down starting from the dealer. The aim of the play is to construct five card combinations that come after the seven that have been dealt and eliminate all the pairs. There is also a rummy variant known as Caribbean rummy in which the deck is made up of ten cards instead of seven. Rules of play are the same for both variants.
There are several different types of melds in rummy including straight forward, covered, four way meld, multi covered and freestyle. Straight forward melds are the easiest to handle as players simply need to choose the card that suits themselves with no concern for what the other player’s choice is. Covered melds are a little more difficult as they require the player to carefully consider which card they want to keep by choosing that suits them best when it is their turn to pick a card. The main advantages of using covered melds are that it prevents people from randomly choosing cards to mix up the deck, it makes it more difficult to predict what other players will do and it prevents opponents from seeing what you are going to do. In freestyle games, on the other hand, the objective is the same as in a cover meld but without having to concern yourself with the arrangement of the cards.
When a player desires to discard a card they must first do so from their hand. Once a player has discarded a card they may then choose any card from their discard pile. If there are no cards left from their discard pile that player may discard the top card from their hand and any cards from their hand before that. All of these rules apply if the game is still in the rumble round.
In a rummy game using two decks of 52 cards each, there are some strategies that can be used to help win matches more easily. Players should try to eliminate as many opponents as possible without passing their turn. This is usually the most difficult way of winning in a rummy game using two decks, since it requires skill and strategy. A good strategy is to ensure that the strongest player (the one with the most cards) is not allowed to pass. Opponents may be permitted to pass a single card to another player; however, this card cannot count towards your final deck.
The last phase of play is called the Elimination Phase. The goal of this phase is to eliminate all of your opponents. A round begins by each player being dealt two cards face down. The dealer then deals five cards to each player, followed immediately by three cards to each player. After that, all remaining cards are laid out from left to right.