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Enjoy Rummy to the Fullest

Rummy is more than just a simple card game; it is a card game that offers various chances of enjoyment by providing you with a lot of options. If you feel like playing the game, you have quite a lot in store for you. This means that each time you play the game, you can play a different variant so you won’t get tired. This is actually one of the reasons why the game has a longstanding popularity. If you are interested in playing the game, it pays to know what options you have so you can maximize the enjoyment you can get from just a single game.

Collection of Rummy Variants

The Rummy game comes in many different variants, but all these begin with the traditional game, which is also called, the basic, standard, regular, or straight Rummy. At a glimpse, this original game uses a standard 52-card deck and aims for 100 points. This is in contrast to the 500 points targeted by players of Rummy 500, another variant that can use either a 52-card deck or a 54-card deck with jokers. However, what is irrefutably the most popular variant of all time is the Gin Rummy, which is also called Gin, Gin Poker, Indian, or Celebes. The game uses the standard deck with 52 cards and aims for 100 points. There are, however, other, less similar variants of the game, such as Contract Rummy, Canasta, and Kalooki. The three games all use two decks of cards and include joker cards. The Contract version is also called Liverpool, Shanghai, Joker, and Progressive. Kalooki, on the other hand, also comes in many versions, such as Kalooki 41 and Kalooki 50. It is also called Kaluki, Kalookie, Caloochi, or Kalukie, depending on where you play the game. Finally, Canasta is one of the toughest variants, since it targets 5000 points. It is also known as Burraco, Bolivia, Basket, and Samba. Most of these variants are based on the same foundational concepts of the original version of the game, and only differs in some aspects such as the number of decks used, the points needed, the allowed moves, and the likes. But if you have played the original and the common variants, you should also learn the lesser known variants, such as Canasta and Contract Rummy.

Basics of Canasta, A Rummy Variant

Canasta used to be the most popular card game in America. Its glory days occurred in the 1950s when people finally got hooked to it. Beginners may feel a bit turned off with the game because of its complexity, but it is, in fact, quite easy to learn. One of the top reasons why this variant is definitely worth learning is that it allows up to six players, which removes the 2-player limitation of most other game variants. The word “Canasta” is Spanish for “basket,” which is said to have been derived from the basket that was formerly used to hold the discarded pile. The game uses two decks of cards, both with jokers, so the total card count is 108 cards. In this game, the objective is to get the largest number of points, which can be done by creating melds. In other variants, it often matters who discards the last card, but in Canasta, this does not have as much importance. There is one unique term used in this game, which is the trey. A trey refers to a card with a three value. All the cards with three values are especially important in this game. Treys cannot be melded except when it is grouped together with other threes. Also, when a black three is discarded, the other players cannot draw that trey, so the next player has no choice but to draw from the stock pile. A trey in the discard pile is also known as a “stop card.” A red three, however, is a “bonus card.” The same rules on discarding also apply to this game.

Basics of Contract Rummy

Contract Rummy is not as popular as the Gin versions, but it is definitely an exciting version of the game. The game combines Rummy and Contract Bridge, which used to be popular in the 1930s. The game uses two 52-card decks plus one joker, which means 105 cards will be used. This game can accommodate more than five players, but if the number of players exceeds five, three decks will be used with two jokers, amounting to 158 cards in all. The objective is the same, which is to form melds of cards into sets and runs. The sequences, or runs, in this variant, requires four or more cards, instead of just three to four cards as in the original variant of the game. In one turn, a player of the game will draw, meld, and lay off. He can also decide to buy, or substitute a joker, which are considered as wildcards. At the end of the turn, the player is required to discard a card from his hand.