While playing rummy online is quite popular in India, most gaming platforms offer only Indian Rummy variants that automatically deal 13 cards to each player. Indian Rummy websites offer a proprietary Indian Rummy game software, along with a rummy rollie application to allow successful installation, customization and upgrade of the software in one’s PC or Android-supported smartphone.
Basic Card Melding Rules in Indian Rummy
To be considered as having a potential winning hand, a player must have formed at least two sets, out of the 13 cards held as hand. A Joker may be used to complete a sequence or a match; but of the required minimum 2 sets, one must be “pure” or does not include a Joker as a component.
To achieve card melding goals, each player takes turns to pick and discard a card. When picking a card, it can be taken either from the closed deck or from the top of the open pile of cards discarded by a preceding opponent. However, If a player picks up the most recent discarded card, he is required to lay down the set he completed using that card.
Players cannot pick up a discard and then discard the same card as well. Moreover, if by chance a player chooses to discard a Joker, the next player cannot pick up that card.
How to Win In an Online Indian Rummy Game
Winning from an online indian Rummy game depends on the variant being played, of which there are three, namely Points Rummy, Deal Rummy and Pool Rummy.
In all three variants, the player who gets to meld the most number of sets has the likeliest potential to win. Mainly because this means he has zero or very few unmatched cards left at the conclusion of a round.
A player who gets to complete at least two valid sets ahead of the others may end the round during his turn, by placing a discard card face down on his discard pile. In resolving the rightful round winner, players will then show their set of 13 cards to determine if the player who ended the round is the rightful winner.
However, the win can be taken away if other players have also succeeded in melding at least two valid sets and at the same time, have lower total scores for unmatched cards. Consider these basic ruless when playing any of the three Indian Rummy variants described below:
Points Rummy game winnings depend on the agreed monetary value related to each point. A player who succeeds in declaring himself as the first to finish a round gets to collect the equivalent monetary value due from each player based on their individual total points. That is, if all players opted to fold or drop instead of challenging the contending player. However, if a self-professed winner fails in terms of point comparisons against players who did not fold their cards, he pays the monetary equivalent to all challengers based on the sum of their points.
Deals Rummy is an Indian Rummy variant to which a preset number of game rounds, usually 2 or 3, must run before a player can be declared as the winner. At the end of all deals, the player whose 13-card hand prevails in terms of maximum points at the end of all deals, wins a Deal Points game.
Pool Rummy game lasts the longest of all 3 Indian Rummy variants. Here, basic Points Games carry on until players are eliminated once they reach a preset upper limit for the totals of unmatched card held as hands, either 101 or 201. Players who manage to meld cards into sets as the games proceed are likely stay longer in the game since points are reduced every time a set of sequenced or matched cards are completed. The game concludes if all players except one, have been eliminated by the 101 or 201 score limit.