How to Play Rummy

Rummy is a card game that originated in the Old West. As times changed, so did the game.

In this article, we will review the basic rules of Rummy and other more advanced variations, including Gin Rummy, Knock Rummy, and 500 Rum. We will provide strategies, such as melding and laying off, as well as helpful tips that can help you maneuver through each round and beat your opponents.

Let's get started by looking at the how to play Rummy.

Number of players:
Two to eight

To be the first to attain a determined number of points or score the most points by a specified time limit.

The cards:
Standard 52-card deck

Deal ten cards to each player. Play moves clockwise from the dealer's left. Players take turns drawing from stock, discarding, and building melds (see below). Players try to be first to go out (that is, deplete their hand of cards) or to stop play (knock) while they have more points.

Melds in all Rummy games:
Melds in Rummy consist of groups of three or more cards of the same rank or sequences of three or more cards in one suit.The next section introduces Gin Rummy, which requires players to meld cards as quickly as possible. If you have a good memory, that can give you an edge on your opponents.