Rummy Rules

RummyVerse strictly adheres to the traditional Indian Rummy rules. The rummy rules for playing online rummy at RummyVerse are the same as playing on tables in card rooms at any club across the country.

What are the rummy set rules? Top

13 Card Rummy

The Traditional or Classic Indian Rummy is played with two decks of cards (106 cards) inclusive of the jokers (1 joker per deck). Aces in Indian Rummy are ranked high and hence the cards in each suit rank from low to high as: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace.

The Ace card can be used as a 1 or a face card when making the sets such as Queen-King- Ace or even Ace-2-3. The value of the cards in a suit is as follows: Face cards (K, Q, J) - 10 points, Ace - 10 points while all the remaining number cards in a suit are equivalent to their value/pip value, i.e. a 3 of Diamond is valued at 3 points, 10 of Club scores 10 points and 7 of Spade will score 7 points.

10 Card Rummy

10 cards rummy is the shortest version of Indian rummy. A table of 10 cards rammy must have a minimum of 2 players and a maximum of 6 players.

  • A game of 10 Cards Rummy between 2 to 6 players is played with 2 decks of cards.

  • 1 Deck of Cards (52+1 Cards) is used to play 10 Cards Rummy between 2 players.

21 Card Rummy

21 Card Rummy is played only with the points rummy variation. This game is played between 2 to 6 players with three decks of cards and employs an extra group of up & down Jokers apart from the usual set of printed and wildcard jokers.

Take a look at the terminologies that are needed to be understood to play the 21-card rummy game:

  • Upper and Lower Joker

  • Tunnela or London

  • Dublee

  • Value Cards

The explanation of each terminology is mentioned in the 21 card rummy rules section.

Why is it referred to as a game of Draw and Discard? Top

All variations of Classic Indian Rummy involve dealing out 10, 13, or 21 cards to each player to create a hand. The remaining cards are placed face down to create a deck, while one card is placed face up to form an open deck.

During their turn, each player can choose to draw the top card from the face-down deck or the face-up pile. After drawing a card, the player must then discard a card. As a result, this game is known as a draw-and-discard game.

What is meant by Table in RummyVerse? Top

A Table is the place where the game of rammy is played. Usually, one game is played on one table. At any given time, a player can play multiple games on multiple tables. A total of 3 tables can be played at any given time on the RummyVerse App.

What do Declare and Show mean in RummyVerse? Top

Each player is dealt either 10, 13, or 21 cards (depending on the variation of rummy). The objective of Indian Rummy is to arrange the given cards in hand to make combinations of groups of cards.

For 10 Cards: (5+5 or 4+3+3), for 13 Cards: (3+3+3+4 or 5+5+3 or 4+4+5), for 21 Cards: (3+3+3+3+3+3+3 or 3+4+4+4+3+3 or 4+4+4+4+5). They consist of sequences and/or sets. A sequence can be made of 3, 4,… all the way up to 10 cards and a set can be made of 3 or 4 cards.

It is compulsory to form two sequences of which one has to be a Pure sequence (without wild card or joker). When a player is done with making the groups, he/she has to submit the cards for validation/declaration. This action of submitting the cards is called ‘Show’. When a player declares a show, the option to 'Declare' is activated.

By tapping on ‘Declare’, the player can declare entire cards of a group together in a single click to make a successful show and win the game.

Optionally, if a player does not wish to declare all cards, selecting any one card would deactivate the process of declaring the cards.

What are the rummy rules regarding "Group"? Top

RummyVerse offers a feature called "GROUP" that allows players to easily organize their hands. If a player selects three or more cards, they will be shown a "Group" button. By tapping on this button, the player can form a group using the selected cards. This feature helps to simplify the gameplay.

Players can create up to four (4) groups on a table at any given time. Grouping cards in SETS/SEQUENCES can be beneficial in the event of disconnection, auto-play, and for reviewing the game.

What does the term "Round" mean in Rummy?Top

From the initial dealing of the cards to the declaration of the show, the whole process constitutes one Round of rummy. The rami game is played in multiple rounds (this is possible only in Pool Rummy and Deals Rummy) on a single table; whereas in Points Rummy, each round is termed as a Game.

What is the meaning of the term "Dealing"? Top

The activity of giving out the cards to the players at the beginning of a round is called Dealing. In Indian Rummy, 10 Cards, 13 cards, and 21 Cards are dealt to each player depending on the game type selected. On India’s most entertaining rummy app of RummyVerse, this process is done automatically, and not by any player.

What does a Deck of Cards mean? Top

A Deck of cards means the complete set of playing cards which consist of suits and jokers. A deck includes the following:

  • 52 cards + 1 joker.
  • 52 cards consist of 4 Suits with 13 cards in each suit.
  • The four suits are Hearts, Diamonds, Spades, and Clubs.
  • Each suit has a high card Ace; three face cards: King, Queen and Jack; and pip/numbered cards 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10.
  • 1 (Printed) Joker - A joker can be used to replace or substitute any card.

What does a ‘Joker’ mean in Indian Rummy and what is its value? Top

In Indian Rummy, the term "Joker" refers to a card that can substitute for any other card to form a sequence or set of cards, regardless of its value. However, to validate a show, at least one sequence without a junglee joker is required as per the rummy card rules.

RummyVerse uses two decks of cards with one "printed" joker each in their 13 Card game, while the 21-card games use three decks with one "printed" joker each.

In addition to the printed jokers, one random card from the remaining deck is chosen as a wild card that acts as a junglee joker for that particular round. In total, there are nine jokers for a round/game in 13 Card games and 15 jokers in 21 Card games.

What is meant by ‘Drop’ in RummyVerse? Top

When a player wishes to discontinue playing a certain round(s), the player is allowed to do so. This is called taking a Drop. It is of two types: First Drop and Middle Drop. However, certain pre-set penalty points are mentioned below for taking a Drop.

What are the rummy rules regarding First Drop?Top

When a player takes a Drop before drawing the first card, it is called the First drop.

  • In 101 Pool rummy and in Points rummy, the score is 20 points.
  • In 201 Pool rummy, the score is 25 points.
  • No drop is allowed in Deals Rummy

What are the rummy rules regarding Middle Drop/Interim Drop?Top

When a player takes a drop while the round of a game is in progress, i.e. when the player took part in the game by drawing and discarding a card in at least one turn, this action is termed a Middle Drop.

  • In 101 Pool rummy and in Points rummy, the score is 40 points.
  • In 201 Pool rummy, the score is 50 points.
  • No drop is allowed in Deals Rummy.

What does the term ‘Full Count’ mean? Top

The maximum score possible in any type of cash rummy game is called a Full Count. A Full count consists of 80 points.

First-Hand Show: Maximum of 40 Points

When a player declares his/her cards during the ‘first round’ after the beginning of the game, it is called a 'First Hand Show’.

In First Hand Show, actual points of melds or 80 points, whichever is lower, will be calculated for players who have played their first turn. Similarly, the points calculations for those players who have not yet played their first turn will be actual calculated points of melds or 40 points whichever is lower.

What do ‘Chips’ mean in Rummy? Top

Chips are the equivalent of cash, and these are needed by a player when he wishes to play rummy cash games. The specific number of chips are debited and credited, to and from a player’s cash account, with respect to the player’s wins and losses in the cash games on RummyVerse.

What are the types of chips available in RummyVerse? Top

There are two types of chips available and those are:

Practice Chips: At RummyVerse, players can enjoy practice games using practice chips, which are free to use. Upon registering, players receive 10,000 Chips in their practice chips account.

When these chips are depleted, players can simply refresh their account by tapping on a button to receive another 10,000 Chips. This means that players have unlimited access to practice chips in batches of 10,000. If a player loses in a practice game, the practice chips are deducted from their account, and if they win, the practice chips are added to their account.

Real Chips: These chips are used for cash rami game, where players can play with and win real cash. To acquire real chips, players need to purchase them online by depositing cash through various available options. They can use these chips to participate in cash games and win substantial cash prizes.

What is meant by ‘Validation’ and what are Rummy rules regarding Validation? Top

When a player declares a show, the player needs to validate all the sequences and sets he/she has made from the cards by laying open his/her cards for. Each of the groups of cards made has to be a valid group of sequences or sets.

The group of sequences have to be of the same colour/suit with or without a joker or wild card, whereas, the sets would be of the same number or face card but of a different colour/suit. The mandatory requirement for validation to be fulfilled for a successful show is two sets of sequences, of which one should compulsorily be a Pure Sequence.

What do ‘Sequence’ and ‘Pure Sequence’ mean in Rummy? Top

A group of cards with a minimum of three cards of the same suit, with or without a joker, is referred to as a sequence. If a sequence of three or more cards is created without using a joker, it is known as a Pure Sequence. To successfully show a winning hand, a player must have at least two sequences, one of which must be a Pure Sequence.

What are the Rummy Rules regarding ‘Re-Buy’? Top

When 3 or more players are playing at a table, the player who has lost the game (in Pool Rummy, 101 and 201), gets one more chance at a win by doing a Re-Buy in the game if certain criteria are fulfilled.

  • If the highest score of a round is below 79 points for 101 Rummy or below 174 points for 201 Rummy, a player can Re-Buy with a new score of 1 plus the highest score in that round.
    For example, if a table with 5 players is playing 101 Rummy and their scores at the end of a round are 25, 12, 111, and 67, the player with a score of 111 can Re-Buy for the next round on the same table with a new score of 68, which is derived by adding 1 to the second-highest scorer who has 67 points.
  • However, the re-buying option is not available for Deals rummy games and Point rummy games.
  • Re-join is only possible when more than 2 players are at a multiplayer table circle.
  • If multiple players have been knocked out and they want to re-buy, they can do so without any limit on the number of re-buys in a round, provided they meet the criteria for re-buying as stated in the first point above.
  • The re-buying players will receive scores that are higher than others. For instance, if the highest score is 67, the players re-buying will re-buy as per their turn in the game with scores of 68, 69, 70, and so on.

What are the Rummy Rules regarding ‘Manual Split’? Top

RummyVerse allows manual split for pool rammy games on a table of 101 Pool Rummy and 201 Pool Rummy, which allows players to split the table amount among active players under certain conditions.

  • At least two active players on a multiplayer table are required to call for a Manual Split, regardless of the number of players who started the game (e.g., the game could have started with 3, 4, 5 or 6 players).
  • For 101 pool game, manual split is enabled only if the total score at the end of a round for all players is greater than or equal to 61, and for the 201 pool game, the total score must be greater than or equal to 151.
  • All players on the table must accept the manual split. The game will continue in its normal course if even one player rejects it.
  • If one or more players reject the manual split, it will be offered again in the next round if the criteria are met. If the game meets the conditions for auto split, RummyVerse will automatically execute the process of auto split and split the table amount among the active players on the table.
  • Player’s extra drops are calculated when the manual split is accepted by all active players. The extra drops are calculated by subtracting his/her first drops from the minimum first drops. The amount equal to the wagering after deducting the rake amount is given for each extra drop. The remaining table amount is then distributed equally among eligible players.

What are the Rummy Rules regarding ‘Auto Split’? Top

  • Auto Split is a feature in RummyVerse that is automatically executed for pool rummy games: 101 Pool Rummy and 201 Pool Rummy. It is executed when on a multiplayer table, two or more players are left with scores higher than 80 in the 101 pool and higher than 175 in the 201 pool.
  • For the auto Split to occur in the 101 Pool Game, the total high score of all players must be equal to or higher than 81, and in the 201 Pool Game, the total score must be equal to or higher than 176 at the end of a round. If even one player has a score less than 81 in 101 Pool Game or less than 176 in 201 Pool Game, auto split will not execute.
  • The auto split feature distributes the table amount or prize amount equally among all active eligible players, regardless of their individual scores. For instance, in a 101 Rummy Cash Game, if player no.1 has a score of 81 and player no.2 has a score of 95, still, the prize amount will be divided equally between the two players.

Note: Although RummyVerse states that most of the Indian rummy rules would be similar, it does not state or certify that any players playing with another set of Indian Rummy rules are invalid.