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Online Rummy Terminology: Everything you need to know about the terms used in online rummy

Rummy has long been a top-rated game among many in India as well as its native places. The majority of people are acquainted with the rummy card game. Now, with the advent of the online rummy game, this craze has precipitated even more. So, it becomes imperative for you to learn the online rummy terminologies. Here are some basic and useful rummy terminologies that you need to know if you want to start playing the game or even if you want to have a brief insight into the card game. If you are new to the game, rummy can seem quite challenging to you since it takes a lot of skills to win the matches. 


One of the most common online rummy terminologies is’Draw”. Drawing a card is when the player selects a card from the stacks of cards on the table, at the time of his/her move. Each game has one discarding as well as one picking slot.


Discard happens when you place the card in the discarding pile as you think it is of no use to you and won’t help you make any sequence or eventually win the chance. In simple words, as the name suggests, to discard is to get rid of the card.


As you might know, the printed Joker of the deck of cards is used very much in the game, although it has no points. Players can replace the desired number with the Joker card to form a sequence.


As players play rummy on MPL online, they will have to make their moves turn by turn. After all the players finish making their first moves, it is termed as the first round.


Declare is when the player wishes to end the game as they have met the purpose of the game ie the player has formed the desired sets and sequences.

Rummy Table

It is referred to as the table on which the rummy game is played with players seated around the table. Two to six rummy players can sit around the rummy table for one particular game. 


The player who deals the game for all the other players is called the dealer. The player having the lowest value card gets to deal the game.


A sequence is a combination of three or more cards of the same suit with consecutive numbers. A sequence is formed when these cards are aligned together. There are a total of two types of sequences in the rummy card game; pure sequence and impure sequence. A player needs to form at least one pure and one impure sequence to be able to declare the game after they complete all their melds. 

Pure Sequence

A pure sequence is formed by grouping cards belonging to the same suit in a consecutive manner based on their numbers. 

Impure sequence

An impure sequence is formed when the player runs short on cards belonging to the same suit and uses Joker to form the sequence. From here, we can identify the importance of Joker in the rummy card game.

First life

The first life is the target to form the first of the two mandatory sequences that the player needs to ensure a valid declaration. However, this first sequence needs to be a pure sequence.

Second life 

The target to form the second sequence to be able to make a valid declaration is called the second life. But there is a relief for the players as the second sequence can be pure or impure. 


Sets are the group of three or more cards that have the same rank but belong to different suits. It is to be noted that the sets also contain the Joker cards. 


The score is the sum total of all the cards that are no longer a part of any sequence or set is a player’s score. The score varies with different cards. For instance, the score for all the high-value cards is 10 points, and the Joker card has 0 points, whereas the score of the remaining cards is equivalent to their numerical value.

Unmatched Cards 

The remaining cards that do not have any contribution in forming any sequence are called the unmatched or unarranged cards. But these cards are added as points.


The different types of rummy games that players can play as per their convenience and experience are called card game variants. For instance, points rummy, deals rummy, pool rummy, among others.

Now that you have read the definitions of various online rummy terminologies, you can be assured that you are acquainted with the basic rummy terminologies. You can hence go ahead and start playing your online game with more ease and efficiency.

Siddharth Shukla
I am an engineer turned content writer as I find writing as the best mode of expression for me. Having nearly 4+ years of experience in content writing, I have worked in various niches across different industries. I also hold the working knowledge of on-page SEO and a theoretical brief on off-page SEO. Besides, I am an avid theatre practitioner and a trained vocalist (Hindustani Classical). I also am a big supporter of LGBTQ rights.


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