How does card manipulation work and is it
considered as cheating in Rummy?
Card manipulation is a well-known technique used in playing Rummy, and in
most circles, it is considered a cheating technique.
This technique, however, has some basic concepts that can help any player win
the game. It is not hard to master though this may take some time and practice,
and a lot of players already know how to benefit from this.
One classic example of card manipulation is if a player leaves an entire meld on
the bottom part of the pack as he takes the cards following the end of the
previous hand. Then, he makes the play of shuffling without disturbing the cards
at the bottom of the pack. It is likely that regardless of how the deck is
handled, the four-card meld at the bottom of the pack will stay intact. It is
also quite likely that the players will get at least two out of the four cards.
The person who executes the card manipulation therefore knows at least two of
the cards in the opponent’s hand. As any Rummy player will tell you, this is
valuable information to have. This is a pretty easy way of cheating in a Rummy
game and to protect yourself from this, you should make sure you shuffle the
cards thoroughly, especially the open ends of the deck, when it is your turn to
deal. In fact, this is already considered a rule in the game since cheating
became very common in the 70s and 80s.
Aside from that, a player can also manipulate cards by removing a card from the
deck. This is a bit more challenging than the first card manipulation technique
because it is more easily noticeable. There are many ways that players can do
this. This can be done by leaving a card inside the box when you are taking a
new deck at the beginning of the game. It is also possible for players to
intentionally drop a card when he shuffles the deck. Another method is palming
one card and hiding it in one’s pocket. All these methods and many others can be
used, as long as the end result is that the deck will lack one card. This is
considered a notorious cheating technique that Rummy players should watch out
against since this technique offers a huge advantage to the card manipulator.
The card manipulator, knowing the value of the card that is missing, benefits by
knowing not to form his melds around the missing card. This means he can avoid
dead ends in his melds. He can also play safely with that card since he also
knows that it is not in the possession of his opponent. This may not be the
easiest cheating technique, but it can be mastered, so all the more reason for
you to watch out for players who try to cut a deck short of one card. If you
want to be protected from this, your best move is to count the deck to make sure
that it is complete before the game officially begins. Aside from that, after
the completion of a hand, you should look through the remaining cards to see
whether the cards that are supposed to be there are still there.