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  Introduction to the Traditional Rummy Rules

Traditional Rummy, as is obvious in the name itself, is the classic form of Rummy. This version of the game, however, is ironically not the most popular. It has been overtaken by the more popular variants of Rummy such as Gin Rummy. Despite this, there are still many venues where you can find the good old traditional Rummy game so you can enjoy Rummy the way it’s always meant to be enjoyed. This form of Rummy has a consistent popularity especially in the West. There are also some traditional Rummy games you can play online.

What are the Traditional Rummy Rules?

The Traditional Rummy rules are quite popular. It is often explained in most rule books as the basic rules in Rummy, and the variants of Rummy are often explained by presenting the traditional rules and explaining how the variants differ from the basic form of the game. The classic version of Rummy, as is popularly known, is played with a standard deck with 52 cards in it. A full hand given to a player will have ten cards in it. Out of the 52 cards, 20 will be given to the two players, and one will be the upcard, or the first card that begins the discard pile. The remaining 31 cards will make up the stock pile. After the cards are dealt, the game officially begins with the players taking their turns alternately. What the players do on their turns is one part of Rummy that gets retained in most, if not every single one, of the Rummy variants. The basic pattern of drawing and discarding cards is considered as a pattern highly distinctive of Rummy games. This pattern begins with the draw. At the start of every player’s turn, he needs to take one card from the piles on the table. He should take just one card from one of the piles, and it is up to him whether to draw from the stock pile or the discard pile, which can also be dubbed as the face down pile and the face up pile. The drawn card is then added to the player’s hand. After that, the player can take time thinking about the melds he can form with his cards. If he cannot form any meld, he can move on to discard one card from his hand. According to traditional Rummy rules, a player cannot discard the same card that he drew during that same turn.

Traditional Rummy Rules on Melding and Discarding

As for melding, players can form sets or runs, two different kinds of melds. Sets are cards that have similar ranks but different suits, while runs have successive values and the same suit. As an example, three fours will make up a set, while 3-4-5-6 of the same suit will make up a complete run. The run is similar to the straights in Poker, while the set is just like the three-of-a-kind, except that it can contain four cards as well. Melding is the most important part in a game of Rummy. It is hard to guess which cards will be of use to you, and this greatly affects your decision of which cards to discard at the end of your turn. This is where skill and foresight plays a role in Rummy. It is not enough to simply discard a deadwood, the term used to refer to a card that does not match with the other cards in your hand. You should also discard a card that you think will not be useful to you all throughout the game. Once you discard a card, you cannot get it back. By melding and discarding cards, you can work your way to winning the game by eliminating the cards in your hand. This move is called “going out.” But according to traditional Rummy rules, you can also win by going Rummy. This is when you get rid of all your cards with just one turn. This will end the current play and your opponent will get penalty points.

Some Unique Traditional Rummy Rules

There are, however, some unique rules in traditional Rummy that you should know about. In this version of Rummy, aces are not flat out considered as low cards, as in most other Rummy games. The aces in traditional Rummy can be considered as both high or low cards. Also, in Gin Rummy, which is the more popular Rummy game, melds are not exposed to other players until you knock. But in the traditional Rummy game, the melds are laid down on the table once they are complete, and you and the other players can keep on extending the melds by adding cards to it on either ends. This move is called “building” which also applies to Kalooki and is the equivalent of the “lay off” move in Contract Rummy games.




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