How did the Rummy game begin?
The Rummy game was said to have begun in
the 1800s. Currently, there are three accounts of how the game was officially
created. Some accounts link the game to the ancient Spanish game called
Conquian, which has been around for about hundreds of years now. Conquian is a
popular Spanish card game played with the same draw and discard pattern of
playing. It was highly popular in Spain and finally made its way to Mexico and
eventually to the United States. Conquian goes by many other names, such as Coon
Kin or Coon Can. Despite the fact that it is linked to the history of Rummy and
is actually widely considered as the most likely predecessor of the game,
Conquian games nowadays are already considered as variants of the Rummy game
since Rummy has overtaken its predecessor in terms of popularity.
Some also say that Rummy was actually derived from one of the most popular card
games of all time, which is Poker. Poker, in turn, has French roots. Some
accounts of the history of Rummy game link Rummy to Whiskey Poker, or more
specifically, to its variant, the Rum Poker. Rum Poker was said to have given
way to a game called Rum, which meant “queer” or “odd” in England. Then, the
name was eventually turned to Rummy. The game is similar to Poker in the aspect
of putting cards in certain groups together. In Rummy, this is called melding, a
move where you place your cards into sets and runs, sets being groups of cards
with similar ranks but different suits and runs being groups of cards with
similar suits and consecutive values.
There are still some more accounts of how the Rummy game was officially born.
Some game historians have also managed to trace the history of Rummy back to the
ancient Asian games, more specifically the Chinese game called Mah-jong and
another Japanese game. This Asian version of Rummy’s history is not as popular
because the said Asian games have major differences to the modern Rummy that
millions of people all over the world play nowadays. Mah-jong has a similar
pattern of playing, but one big difference is that it is played with cubes
instead of cards. The Japanese version of Rummy’s origins, however, used flower
cards instead of the usual playing cards used for card games in the modern
The real history of Rummy is still not verified since there are three accounts
of where the game really began. Some historians think that the final Rummy game
was the result of combining the best features of many different games such as
those linked to its history. For example, the draw and discard pattern may have
been taken from the Conquian game, while the grouping of cards as the objective
may have been taken from the games from the Orient. The game just kept on
evolving until an exciting game called Rummy was born. Now, the story continues
as Rummy keeps on evolving into many different types of games that Rummy players
can play and enjoy.