Basis Rules to Play Indian Rummy

Rummy is immensely popular among card players due to its simple game rules. The rummy rules can be learnt easily by players of all ages. The simplicity of the rummy rules makes it far more exciting than other card games. Besides the detailed reference we are providing here you can visit to watch videos and learn a lot more on how to play rummy.

Core Concepts

Sequence: A group of three or more cards arranged consecutively is called as a sequence. For example: 2♣ 3♣ 4♣ 5♣ and 7♥ 8♥ 9♥

Sets: A group of 3 or 4 cards arranged in the same rank but of different suits is called as a set. For example – 2♣ 2♥ 2♦ 2♠ and 8♥ 8♣ 8♦

Jokers: Jokers can replace any card to form groups like sequences and sets.

Number of Cards Dealt

Each player is dealt 13 cards at the beginning of each deal in Indian Rummy. Once the cards are dealt, a card is picked from the closed deck and placed open on the Open Deck.

Number of Players

Indian Rummy is played between 2 to 6 players. One standard deck of cards, including one printed joker, is used in a 2-player game. When more than 2 players play, two decks of cards are used (including printed jokers).


Indian Rummy begins with a random toss to decide which player gets the first turn. A wild joker is randomly picked from the closed deck and 13 cards are dealt to each of the players. Then, the players pick and discard cards from closed and open deck to make a valid hand.

Players can make a valid hand by arranging all the cards in hand into proper sets and sequences. The first player who makes a valid hand wins the game. The losing players get points based on the number of points they have on their unmatched cards.

So, these are the basic rules to play Indian Rummy! Get a deck of cards and play this exciting game to have great fun!

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