Rummy



Rummy is one of the good strategy games for kids as well as a great concentration card game.

This has been played for years in families. It's easy to learn and really fun to play!



Before You Play

2 - 6 players
Ages 10 and up
Need standard deck of cards
Paper and pencils to keep score

Start

Begin with each player picking a card.

The highest card holder shuffles and deals the cards face down, one at a time.

  • 2 players get 10 cards
  • 3 - 4 players get 7 cards
  • 5 - 6 players get 6 cards

The leftover cards are put in the middle, face down. Turn the top card of the middle card stack over, lay it down beside the middle stack of cards. This is the discard stack.

The object is to get rid of all your cards by collecting melds. A meld is a group of 3 or 4 cards of the same value, or any 3 or 4 in sequence cards of the same suit.

Example, four 7's is a meld as is 3 jacks. The 4, 5 and 6 of spades is a meld as is the ten, jack and queen of hearts. Aces are low here and are not played on kings.

The player to the dealer's left starts and picks the top card from the face down middle stack or the face up discard stack.

She discards any card from her hand onto the discard stack.

Tip

You cannot discard the same card you just picked up.


Play continues to the left and each player picks up and then discards a card. When a player has meld, he lays it down, face up.

Once melds are layed down, each player can, at his turn, put cards onto those melds.

She can add a 4th card to 3 of a kind cards or to the low card or high card of a 3 in-sequence group of cards. If there's a 4 card sequence, it may not be added to.

A player can lay as many cards down as possible when it's her turn.

Example, if 3 eights are layed down and a player has the 4th eight, he can lay this down.

If the 6, 7 and 8 of clubs are melded, a player can put the 5 or 9 of clubs down at his turn.

When the middle face down pile is gone, a player can take the top card in the discard pile - or not. If not, the discard stack is turned over and used as a new face down stack.

Hint!

Pay attention to the cards that are put down and picked up. If another player has in sequence card melds, try and play 3 or 4 of a kind melds.


Win

The winner of the hand is the one who plays all her cards. No discarding is necessary if one wins the hand.

Add the scores up for that round. The winner receives the value of all the cards in the other players' hands.

Aces are worth 1 point, face cards are worth 10 points, cards with numbers are worth the number values.

You can double your score if you win by "going rummy" - meaning you played all your cards on one single turn.

You can't have layed down any melds or put cards on other players' melds up until you "go rummy".

The player to the dealer's left deals the next round. Play continues until someone reaches 500 points.

If more than one players gets 500 points or more, the highest score wins.







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