21 Card Rummy is another popular variant of Indian rummy which is played only with the Points Rummy variant. This game is played between 2 to 6 players with three decks of cards and uses an extra group of Up & Down Jokers apart from the standard set of Printed and Wildcard jokers.
Before you start playing, you need to familiarize yourself with some new terminologies and rules of 21 Cards Rummy. This variant is a challenging and exciting game that requires strategic thinking and skill to win. Check out the following aspects to understand the 21 cards rummy rules:
Upper Joker: The card which is one rank above the wild card Joker and is of the same suit is called the Upper Joker. For example, 8♣ will be the Upper Joker if 7♣ is the wild card Joker.
Lower Joker: This card is one rank below the wild card Joker and is of the same suit is called the Lower Joker. For example, 3♣ will be the Lower Joker if 4♣ is the wild card Joker.
Note: The Upper and Lower jokers can also be used in place of any other card to complete a sequence or a set. Wild card jokers can also be part of a pure sequence for e.g. 2♣ 3♣ 4♣ is a Pure sequence, where three of club (3♣) is a joker, yet it is a pure sequence.
Example 1: In case an Ace of club (A♣) is picked as the Wild Card Joker then (K♣) will become the lower joker and 2♣ will be the upper joker. However, it should be noted that the sequence of K-A-2 is not a valid sequence even if Ace is the Joker card.
Example 2: In case, a Printed Joker is picked as the Wild Card Joker then all Aces (A♠ A♥ A♣ A♦) will be considered as Wild Card Jokers. In this case, K♠ will become the lower joker and 2♠ will become the upper joker (because the suit of ♠ is considered to be the highest suit).
A group of three identical cards of the same value and the same suit is called a Tunnela (or London) in 21 Cards Rummy, e.g. - 5♥ 5♥ 5♥. You can also form a valid Tunnela out of three Printed Jokers grouped together.
Two identical cards with a joker are not a valid Tunnela or London E.g. - 6♦ 6♦ K♦ (where K♦ is a joker), a Joker cannot be used to make a Tunnela.
Two identical cards of the same value paired together are called a Dublee E.g. - 5♥ 5♥.
The cards of the same suit that are upper and lower to the wild card joker are called value cards. A card higher to this selected card and a card lower will also be considered as Value Cards and will have the same attributes as the Joker and thus be referred to as Upper Joker and Lower Joker respectively.
Besides this, all three Value Cards (8♣ 9♣ 10♣ - here 9♣ was the randomly picked wild card joker). For example: If 9♣ is the wild card joker then 10♣ will be the upper joker and 8♣ will be the lower joker. These 3 cards (8♣ 9♣ 10♣,) are called value cards.
To make a valid show in 21 cards rummy for winning the game, you will need to form a minimum of the following group of cards. Out of the 4 instances shown below, you have to complete any one and declare your cards:
You have to form at least (3) pure sequences (minimum of 3 cards or above) and the rest of the cards can be arranged in sets or sequences. Tunnela is also treated as a pure sequence.
You must make at least 3 tunnelas, and the rest of the cards need not be arranged in any order. The remaining cards need not be grouped, you can club them into a single group.
You must form at least 8 dublees - the rest of the cards need not be arranged in any order. Each pair of dublees should be arranged in individual groups during the declaration. Again, you can group all the remaining cards into one single group.
You have to make 8 joker cards in a single group - the rest of the cards need not be arranged in any order. All the jokers should be arranged in one group during the declaration. This includes the wild card joker, printed joker, upper joker, and lower joker cards.
|VALUE CARDS POINTS||Single card||Two cards||Three cards|
|Same Suit joker||10||30||50|
|VALUE CARDS POINTS||Same Suit joker|
|VALUE CARDS POINTS||Upper joker|
|VALUE CARDS POINTS||Lower joker|
|These are the points won in the game by you so positive for you if you are the declare while the opponent loses points so negative for him/her.||+||Each non dropped player receives points for the value cards that he has in hand.||-||These are the value card points that are given to each non dropped player.|
|These are the points won in the game by you so positive for you if you are the declare while the opponent loses points so negative for him/her.|
|Each non dropped player receives points for the value cards that he has in hand.|
|These are the value card points that are given to each non dropped player.|
Drop points are those points that a player loses during the game. The chart below describes the number of points that a player loses when he/she does a drop followed by an example.
|Max points earned (without value cards)||160|
|Max points with value cards||300|
|Max points lost by a player in Wrong show||120|