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Throughout history,Gin Rummy has probably been themost famous member of the family of rummy games. Originating in 19th century New-York, some claim that its name derives from its inventor's favorite drink. Gin Rummy shares some basic elements with other Rummy games such as Kalooki and Rummy 500, but also has unique nuances that set it apart from other commonrummy games. Another famous variation of Gin Rummy is Oklahoma Gin.
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Gin Rummy is designed for two to four players, and a player's primary objective is to be the first to lay down valid melds with all the cards in his or her hand. Unlike Traditional Rummy, Gin Rummy also includes a secondary objective, which is to try and lowerthe amount of deadwood to a minimum. "Deadwood" is cards that can not be melded in to any set or run in hand or on the table.
The game is played with one deck of cards without jokers. A turn consists of two primary moves - drawing the top card of the deck or discard pile, and throwing a card with low value to the player's hand. Value is determinedby the card's suitability to the runs and sets that the player wishes to create, or by the cards value in penalty points.
A meld can be with one of the two following forms:
Run - at least three consecutive cards from the same suit.
Set - At least three cards with the same rank but different suits.
The result of a Gin Rummy game is always determined in the very last moment of the game, since that is the only time when all the players discover who won. A game endsin one of three ways:
Read more about the GinRummy rules and scoring in Gin Rummy games.
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