Rummy is a group of matching-card games that share a common objective: forming sets and runs of cards. It can be played by two or more players, with the ultimate goal of being the first to get rid of all your cards.
Rules and Gameplay
Rummy games share several common rules:
- Forming Sets and Runs: Players aim to form valid combinations of cards. These combinations can either be sets (three or four cards of the same rank but different suits) or runs (three or more consecutive cards of the same suit).
- Turn Sequence: On their turn, players typically draw one card from either the draw pile or the discard pile, and then they must discard one card. The objective is to continually improve your hand by collecting the cards you need to complete sets or runs.
- Ending the Round: When a player successfully forms sets or runs with all their cards and discards their last card, they win the round. The other players are penalized with points based on the cards remaining in their hands.
- Scoring: Each card has a point value (usually face cards are worth 10 points, Aces are worth 1 point, and numbered cards are worth their face value). The goal is to minimize your point total, as the player with the lowest score at the end of a predetermined number of rounds wins the game.