Rummy Tricks and Tips to Play Rummy Better

by navinmodi on October 27, 2012

Rummy tricks and tips are important for one to learn and master rummy card game and then further more important if you want to improve the chances of winning rummy games. Rummy is a game of skill and one has to really apply some strategies or rummy tricks and tips to win.

Many people think that Rummy is very tough card game but the truth is that it is a game of skill where one has to arrange the cards smartly and be a little careful with the choices of picking and discarding cards in a given rummy game. The smart thing is to have some set rummy rules and tricks to follow.

I have played rummy since I was very small and was not very quick and made a lot of mistakes in preparing sets, sequences, picking and discarding the right card. It is important to learn a few rummy tricks and tips that should improve the chances of winning rummy games.

Rummy websites in India offer the 13 cards indian rummy game which is one of the most popular types of rummy card game. A few rummy sites have also started offering 21 cards rummy.  In this post I am sharing a few rummy tips and tricks that would help you learn the Indian rummy game and could be really useful in winning games too.

Number one from my Rummy Tricks: Arrange your cards

Arrange Rummy cards by Sets or Sequence:As I was saying that I have made a lot of mistakes while picking and discarding cards…….the main reason for that I think was that I never arranged my cards properly. So when I realized this mistake, the first thing that I started doing after receiving the cards was to arrange them as per suites i.e. spades, hearts, clubs and diamonds so that I could easily differentiate between suites.

After arranging the cards by suits, another smart trick that I followed was to sort the cards by color. The trick here is to separate red and black suits. This may sound a little weird but this rummy trick of arranging cards in Red – Black – Red has also helped me differentiate cards easily. This rummy tip reduces the chances of discarding a card that you didn’t wish to.

BTW, I love the Sort button feature implemented by RummyCircle and Ace2three by which you can sort your cards with a click of a button.

Number 2 from my Rummy Tricks: Reduce the points

In Rummy the winner is decided by points and the more points you concede, the more money you lose. If you play online rummy smartly, you can save some points/money in-spite of loosing a few rummy games.

Practically speaking you cannot each and every hand that you play but even if you end up losing, you should not get a lot of points. So with every turn that you play, you should know the status of the points that you will get if you lose at this stage.

  • Discard high point cards first: The rummy trick here is that while discarding cards, you should look to discard the cards with higher points first. According to the rummy rules, 10 and the picture cards (Jack, Queen, King and Ace) hold ten points each and rest as per their number. Now, after sorting and arranging your cards, if you find that the idle cards that you have are any of these high point cards, you should aim to discard them first so that you don’t carry a lot of points if you lose the game.
  • Don’t discard higher point cards in haste: Though by discarding a higher point card will save you some points but that doesn’t mean you discard a card that could be a joker or a card that might be required by your opponent. If you discard a card in haste, chances are that you might commit a mistake and your opponent might pick and finish the game.

Number 3 of my Rummy Tricks: What is the opponent playing on?

I don’t know about you guys but I have faced this situation many times where the opponent was picking every card that I was discarding and pretty soon the opponent finished the game. This rummy trick cannot help you stop your opponent from finishing (which one cannot) but at least you can minimize the chances of your opponent of picking the card discarded by you.

While playing rummy, one should keep a tight watch on the possible cards that the opponent might need. If you have a slight hint on the possible card that your opponent requires, you might refrain from discarding that card.

As mentioned in the tricks above, you should reduce the points by discarding cards with higher points but that doesn’t mean you discard the card that is likely to be picked by your opponent. For example, if you discarded queen of diamonds and your opponent picked it, chances are high that your opponent will also pick jack of diamonds so you should think thrice before discarding jack of diamonds even if you want to reduce your points. And if you discarded jack of diamonds just because you wanted to reduce the points, chances are that your opponent will pick that and finish the game. And you will not discard jack of diamonds only if you remember that your opponent earlier picked queen of diamonds that was discarded by you.

Another Example: If the card you want to discard is 7 of clubs, has your opponent picked a nearby card i.e. 6 or 8 of clubs? There are high chances that the other player will pick it and if the other player has discarded a card near to 7 of clubs than the chances that the other player will pick 7 of clubs thrown by you are lesser.

There is a feature offered by RummyCircle and other rummy websites that helps you see the cards of the discard pile. This discard pile window will help you remember the cards discarded by you and your opponent. Please remember that this window will not display the cards that you discarded and then were later picked by an opponent. All in all, the tip that I am sharing is that you should remember the card that were picked by your opponent and the cards that were discarded by your opponent.

Number 4 from my Rummy Tricks: Pure Sequence

In online rummy, if you don’t want  a lot of points penalty, the most important tip or trick is to make one pure sequence as early as possible in the game. After you sort and arrange your cards, the first thing you should check is that whether you have a pure sequence or not. If not, then the first step should be to make a pure sequence first. If yes, you should now calculate the points that you would get if you lose the game at this stage. This number should form your strategy to play this game.

If you make a pure sequence of three or four cards and the opponent declares, you will not get points for those three or four cards. This way you will save a lot on points. This rummy trick is not only beneficial in one on one rummy games, but also when you play points rummy and pool rummy.

Number 5 from my Rummy Tricks – Make the second pure/impure sequence:

While playing at RummyCircle, apart from making one pure sequence one also has to make a second pure/impure sequence so that you don’t get points for rest of the cards. This means that if you have a pure sequence and a set but not the second pure/impure sequence, you still would get the points for the set that you have. So the trick here is to focus on making that second pure/impure sequence too.

Number 6 from my Rummy Tricks – Don’t hesitate from a 4 cards sequence:

I was playing rummy with a few friends and I discovered that quite a few people didn’t know that they could make a sequence of four cards too……….they thought that they could only make a set of four cards (with or without a joker) and for that reason they also thought that winning a rummy game was a tough task. In reality you can make a sequence (pure/impure) with four cards too.

Number 7 from my Rummy Tricks – How to use a Joker?

For the above rummy trick, Joker plays an important role. If you have a pure sequence and a joker too, you should try to use that joker to make the second sequence by using that Joker and then calculate the points that you are getting. Also, the trick to use a Joker should also revolve around reducing the points so if you have a jack and queen of hearts vs a three and four of clubs, you should use the joker with jack and queen of hearts so that you would get points only for three and four of clubs.

The middle card wait: While making sequences, you will face a situation when you don’t have a middle card i.e. you have nine and jack of a hearts and you wait for ten of hearts. Now instead of nine and jack, suppose you had nine and ten of hearts, your sequence would complete with eight or jack of hearts…….so in this case, the chances of completing the sequence are double. If you are in the former situation, you should think about either completing the sequence by a joker or think about discarding (nine or jack of hearts) and focus on reducing points.

Last Words about these Rummy Tricks and Tips

I have compiled these rummy tricks and tips from my experience and this list doesn’t end here. 13 cards Indian Rummy tricks and tips can be developed by each player. It depends on player to player how the make their rummy strategy and play rummy online.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

indorummy May 26, 2014 at 12:20 pm

nice and execellent blog.useful for the players to understand the rummy game easily


Rummy June 11, 2014 at 11:36 am

Nice Rummy Tips and Tricks. This will really help the rummy players


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