Even though Rummy is considered the most popular game in the world, it is not clear where the game was invented. Under the title of "Rummy" you can find several games which share a similar game pattern, but each with slightly different rules than the rest of the family.
There are many theories as to the origin of the game. The Chinese developed Mahjong in the 18th century, the Americans claim to have developed the game in 19th century New-York, and others take pride in contributing other wonderful versions of the popular and entertaining game.
What is the similar pattern according to which most games in the Rummy family are played?
First and foremost the rummy game is designed for small groups of 2-4 players. In each variation, players act in a similar pattern - players take turns playing one after the other. The primary objective is to be the first player with no cards in his or her hand. You can dispose of your cards by creating melds and laying them down in the meld area.
There are two types of melds in Rummy. The first is a run - a sequence of consecutive numbers from the same suit. The second is a set - the same cards but from different suits. Every meld must have at least 3 cards.
Every player must make at least two actions every turn. The first action is drawing a new card, and the second action is discarding a card at the end of the turn. It is possible to draw from the deck, or to take the top card in the discard pile. Discarding ends the player's turn. In between these two actions, players can lay down melds onto the meld area. In the different variations there are several additional rules that apply to the basics moves of "Draw" and "Discard". For example, in Kalooki 40 and Rummy 500, when you pick up a card from the discard pile, you must use it at the same turn in a meld. In Rummy 500, you cannot discard the card you picked up from the discard pile at the same turn. The classic or traditional Rummy is pretty easy and has no special restrictions for these moves. The scoring system is similar between traditional rummy and the Kalooki variants, but differs from Gin and its sub variants.
In order to learn how to play the Rummy game online, and to learn the best methods for winning games, it is recommended to visit the strategic tips page.