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Various Types of Rummy - Variations

Rummy is a game that is played worldwide. The popularity of rummy as an online strategic card game has grown exponentially in recent years. In India, players looking for an exciting game are opting for online rummy.

The rummy game originated in Spain, spreading to America and the rest of the world. Like any other card game, there are several types/variations of rummy. From Gin Rummy to Oklahoma Rummy to 500 Rummy, many variations are played across the globe.

Amongst rummy types popular in India, the 13 Card Rummy, also known as the 'Indian Rummy,' seems to be the most preferred. As the name suggests, each player is handed 13 cards to start the game. In rummy, the primary objective is to be the first on the table to form the combinations and make a valid declaration. In 13 Card Rummy, the aim is to create a minimum of 2 sequences, of which one must be a pure sequence. The rest can be any valid sequence or sets. Play rummy online on MPL. The game play is simple, and the platform has 24x7 customer support as well.

While in 21-card rummy, the Point Rummy variation is used. In India, the number of people necessary to play this rummy card game ranges from 2 to 6. This game is played with three decks of cards and an additional group of Up & Down Jokers in addition to the normal set of Printed and Wild jokers, according to the 21-card rummy rules.

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Types of Rummy Games

Points Rummy

Deals Rummy

Pool Rummy

21 Card

Indian rummy

Gin Rummy

Contract Rummy



Oklahoma rummy

Kalooki rummy

500 Rummy

Shanghai Rummy

Dummy Rummy

Different Types Of Rummy Games On MPL

The types of rummy games available on MPL are an extension of the 13-Card Rummy, i.e., Points Rummy, Deals Rummy, and Pool Rummy.

Points Rummy

Points Rummy is amongst the most played variants of rummy games in India. The maximum point-tally for a losing player is capped at 80 points. Points Rummy is generally recommended for beginners and players looking to enjoy a quick game session or two. It is a rummy variation where players play for points with a pre-decided rupee value. The player who makes the first valid declaration wins the game and takes home the cash based on the total points accumulated by the opponent.

Scoring in Points Rummy

Ace, King, Queen, and Joker – The face cards carry 10 points each.

Number 2 to Number 10 – All the numbered cards have points equivalent to their face value. For instance, the 2 and 7 number cards have 2 and 7 points, respectively.

Printed Joker and wild card do not carry points.

Points Rummy Strategies For Beginners

It is always better to form the pure sequence right at the beginning.

Since having a pure sequence in hand is mandatory, the earlier it is formed, the easier it becomes to create the other combinations.

The Joker is a necessary card to have in a game of rummy. The printed joker or a wild card joker comes in handy to make an impure sequence or a set.

Deals Rummy

Deals Rummy is a game of Points Rummy played for a fixed number of deals or rounds. Amongst the different types of rummy, this is a rummy variation where every player gets an equal number of scores at the start of every deal. When the predetermined deals are over, the player with the maximum scores is declared the winner. In deals rummy, players pay a fixed entry fee to join the table. The entry fee of all players is used to form the prize pool.

Deals Rummy Strategies For Beginners

The strategies mentioned under Points Rummy are very much applicable for Deals Rummy and Pool Rummy, as it lays the perfect foundation for winning a game.

To make a valid declaration, a player must create two sequences, one of which must be a pure sequence.

Regarding two decks, the player must not use a card of the same value for creating a set; otherwise, it will be considered an invalid declaration.

Pool Rummy

Similar to Deals Rummy, players in a table pool-in money to start the game, which forms the prize pool. Much like other types of Rummy, Pools Rummy is played over several rounds. However, this rummy variation plays the game with a pre-decided points tally. The player to reach the points tally gets eliminated. This continues until only one player is left on the table, who is declared the winner. It is popularly played in two versions - 101 and 201 Pool Rummy.

Scoring in Pool Rummy

(Entry Fee x Number of Players) = Total Winnings.

The player who manages to push their opponents to score beyond 101 or 201 points will ultimately be the winner.

Online Pool Rummy platforms take a small percentage of the winnings as a fee for facilitating the gameplay, and the winner takes away the prize money.

Calculating the losing Players' Score:

If a player forms two sequences (one pure and one impure), only the points of the ungrouped cards are added. A player that makes an invalid declaration is penalized with 80 points. Also, if a player makes a declaration without any sequence, all the cards' points are added. Further, if a player misses three turns consecutively, they are automatically dropped from the game, which is considered a middle drop for points calculation.

The player that reaches a maximum score of 101 points or 201 points, depending on the pool rummy type, gets eliminated from the table

Pool Rummy Strategies For Beginners

Scoring the least possible points at the end of every game is the key to avoiding elimination. Strategic discarding of cards is essential in Pool Rummy.

Losing high-value cards like K, Q, A, and J is advisable. This helps lower the overall score if the player fails to win the round.

Other Types of Rummy Games

There are different types of rummy games that you can have from a deck or two decks of cards. Some of them are listed below:

Gin Rummy

Among rummy card games, Gin Rummy is also among them. It is slightly different from 13 Card and 21 Card Rummy and is played between 2-4 players. Initially, they are dealt ten cards instead of 13 to make sequences or sets. A player can win without even having a fully valid set of cards. If the player's point value is less than 10, they can 'knock' for winning. The only restriction in this game is that the sequence has to belong to the same suit. Calculate the score with the difference between the winner's deadwood points and the opponent's deadwood. (Deadwood points are collected when the cards are not consecutive cards/ not in a set or sequence)

Contract Rummy

Another type of Rummy based on Gin Rummy is this one. There are seven rounds in all. In every round, players collect a specific number and combination of sequences. As the game progresses, the rounds get tougher. In a game of Contract Rummy, the players are dealt with ten cards in the first four rounds, which then adds up to two more cards- that is, 12 cards in the next three rounds. The rest of the rules are similar to Gin Rummy.


The Spanish word 'Canasta' means basket. The game originated there and has remained popular worldwide. It has different variations depending on the number of players. Generally, four players make two teams, using two decks of cards and four jokers. The 2s and all jokers become wild cards. The players must form melds with seven cards of the same rank and play all of them. This is termed 'going out.'


Amongst other rummy variants, this one combines Rummy and Mahjong. Popular in the continents of Asia and Europe, Rummikubh uses 104 tiles with numbered tiles between 1 to 13. Players get 14 tiles each and have to make sets after laying down their tiles. The tiles are in different colours like orange, black, red and blue. There are two tiles belonging to the same coloured and numbered cards. There are two jokers as well. Each player has 14 to 16 tiles, and when their turn comes, they have to put down the tiles from their racks into sets or runs with a minimum of three tiles. If they cannot play, they can draw a tile. The winner is the player who lays down all the tiles first. Another characteristic of Rummikubh is that players can use the tiles that have already been played.

Oklahoma Rummy

Like Gin Rummy, players are dealt seven cards instead of 10. Use Jokers to make pure and impure sequences.

Kalooki Rummy

Here, the player is dealt with nine cards. In this Jamaican variant, the player with the lowest scores is declared the winner. A game is played between 3-8 players, and the aim is to go out by melding all the cards and laying them down.

500 Rummy

500 Rummy is popular in America and can be played between 2-8 players. It is also known as Pinochle rummy or Persian rummy. The player that reaches 500 points first is the winner. Each player gets three cards. In cards rummy, the ones that are properly melded get points while the remaining cards which are not a part of the meld, the points get deducted. The Ace has 1 point, the face cards carry 10 points and Joker has 15 points each. Also, players are allowed to take more than one card to form sets.

Shanghai Rummy

Each player gets 11 cards in Shanghai Rummy. Meant for 3-5 players, this rummy variation can use 2 Spades and 2 Clubs as Jokers. Also called California Rummy, you can use Jokers only in 3 or 4 card combinations and not otherwise. In this rummy game, you have to get rid of all their cards by melding and laying them down.

Dummy Rummy

In this rummy card game, all 2s become Jokers along with the four jokers for two decks of cards. There are several combinations you can make with Dummy Rummy. Each player gets 13 cards. They have to eliminate those cards as they keep making melds into valid sets and sequences. If a player cannot form a meld, they have to try again in the next hand. It is one of the basic rummy games.

How does Joker Work in Rummy

In most rummy versions, a joker is used instead of any other cards while making sequences and/or sets or adding them to the existing melds. You can't use more jokers than other cards in a single meld and you cannot place two jokers next to each other. A joker's value is equal to the card that has been replaced with. You can change the joker rules in the settings menu. 

Printed joker (PJ):

There are two printed jokers in a standard deck of cards. If it is a single deck with 52 cards, there are two jokers. If a rummy game uses two decks, there are four printed jokers.

Wildcard joker:

One randomly selected card becomes a joker before starting a game. All the suits of that value become the wild card jokers. For example, if 6♣ is the selected card, then 6 of ♦, ♠, and ♥ are all wildcard jokers for that game.


4♣ 5♣ Joker

4♣ 5♣ 8♦ (8♦ is a wildcard used to represent 6♣)

6♦ 7♦ 8♦ (although 8♦ is a wildcard, here it used as itself)

Rummy Leaderboards

Apart from the variations in rummy, interested players can also participate in various online rummy leaderboards available on the MPL app. Players are pitted against multiple players for intense competitive online rummy games, with those having better skills usually winning the game.

Playing rummy online on MPL is easily one of the most popular ways to engage in a friendly competition. The soaring popularity of rummy and the ease of accessibility make MPL the leading choice for players looking to hone their skills in the card game or for players looking to test their mettle in a competitive battle. The rummy points system on MPL rewards the best after all. Want to know more about this fun game? We have created a list of some of the most essential tips to win rummy online and important rummy rules.


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