Rummy is a family of related card games, most notably for the application of same-suit, face-to-face gameplay and equal opportunity matchmaking. The original game of rummy has been around since the mid-nineteenth century. This game has been adapted to different gaming systems, especially to the computer and video game markets. The most recent and popular adaptation of this well-known game is the online rummy game. In this type of game, the players compete not only for the highest score (if applicable) but also for virtual cash as well. This type of game is increasing in popularity on the Internet.
The objective in any variant of rummy is usually to construct pairs, three of a kind, five or six of a kind, or one of each kind that are all of equal rank and suit. The player alternates among four suits, namely, spades, hearts, diamonds, clubs, and rubies and obtains cash by scoring heads, tails, diamonds, and clubs when all other cards in the set are ruled out by the opponents. In a seven-game series, a player earns double the amount of money if he wins all matches in the series.
In rummy, the object is to construct pairs of cards by suit, following rules specified by the manufacturer. For example, if the set contains five cards, the player may use one of those five to form a pair by arranging its left side with the right, following the way the cards are arranged on the table. If the cards are arranged the other way around, the result will be an irregular grouping, and the player will be given points instead of cash. Once all pairs have been made, the player earns bonus points and receives cash. These bonus points accumulate to the point that makes the player eligible for winning the jackpot.
There are a total of eight different suits in the game of rummy, which are spades, diamonds, hearts, clubs, rubies, pentacles, and cups. There is also an Ace Suit, a King of Clubs suit, an Ace of Diamonds suit, and the Queen of Cups suit. These are followed by King of Spades, Queen of Cups, King of Diamonds, Ace of Pentacles, and the King of Swords. A player only needs to obtain the right suit to enter the rummy competition, without taking into consideration his other scores. However, the player must have at least one card to bring into play if he wants to place in a tournament.
If a player enters a rummy competition but fails to declare any of his cards, then he becomes disqualified. There are rummy rules that insist on a player declaring at least one card, but there are also those that allow him to declare up to zero cards. Players who enter with invalid declaration wins a forfeit of all the points they had garnered in their career. Also, if there is already a forfeit, then the player who initiated the forfeit loses his last poker chip.