The Rummy card games are played by 2-4 players. Each player is dealt a set number of cards.
The objective of the game is to be the first to dispose of all the cards in your hand, by melding them all and laying them down on the table.
The play itself consists of the following elements:
A turn begins by drawing a card from either the stock or discards pile and must end by discarding a card onto the discard pile.
There are two types of melds:
|A set consists of 3 or more cards of the same rank:|
|A run consists of 3 or more consecutive cards of the same suit:|
This play structures enables a variety of cards to circulate around the table, helping players to complete their melds.
Although varied among the many games, all of the Rummy card games contain a certain scoring chart. The winner of a single ring game is the first player to dispose of all his cards.
The winner of a tournament is the first player to accumulate the highest amount of points, or the last player to stay in the game without being eliminated by exceeding the elimination target score.
Most of the Rummy games versions can be played with cards or with tiles (Rummikub).