Decoding the Different Versions of Indian Rummy Game

Without an iota of doubt Indian’s love playing the most popular card game – Rummy. This game has its roots in Mexico, China, and even Japan. Different countries modified the rules of the game to give rise to a newer version, but the point to note is that the fundamental rule of the game remains the same. Ever since gaming apps have incorporated rummy card games online, it has become a craze worldwide. People with similar passions connect virtually to enjoy this game. The perk of playing online rummy is that you can even win attractive cash prizes. If you have several questions on what is Indian Rummy all about, and if there are different variations to it? We bring you a gist of information to clear the air.

What is Indian Rummy?

Indian Rummy is a card game that is thought to be a mix of Gin Rummy and Rummy 500, and it has very few rule deviations from the original game. There is a misconception that the Indian rummy game is only about getting lucky with good cards, but that’s not the case, it is about having good analytical skills, observation skills, ample practice, in-depth knowledge, and lots of patience. There are two popular versions of Indian Rummy- 13 Card Rummy and 21 Card Rummy.

13 Card Rummy: For the ones who do know what is 13 card rummy, let us tell you that it is one of the easiest versions of Indian rummy. This card game can be played between a minimum of 2 players up to a maximum of 6 players. In this version of Indian rummy, players use 2 decks of cards, each deck has 52 cards, and each player is dealt with 13 cards. A random card is drawn as a joker before the game begins. The printed joker from each deck is also considered a joker. This game is all about arranging the 13 cards to form at least 1 pure sequence of consecutive numbers of similar melds and the remaining cards can be arranged into sets or impure sequences using the joker. The first person to complete this is declared as a winner. 13 card rummy has sub-variations of points rummy, deal rummy, and pool rummy.

21 Card Rummy: This is the complex level of Indian rummy, and is tricky too. This game requires the use of 3 decks of cards. Each player is dealt with 21 cards. Here also a random card is drawn as a joker which is also called a wild card joker, and the three printed card joker from each deck is also used. In this game, we also have an upper joker (the card which is one rank above the wild card but of the same meld) and a lower joker (the card which is one rank below the wild card but of the same meld). Here the players should arrange the cards to get at least 3 pure sequences, 3 tunnelas, 8 dublee, and 8 joker groups to win the game. 21 card rummy can be played only with a point system and not with any tokens or chips.

We hope the above description gives you sufficient information that you need to understand the nitty-gritty of the game.