Gin Rummy

Gin Rummy: All You Need To Know About Rummy

Gin Rummy was first introduced in the 19th century by Elwood T. Baker of Brooklyn and has since been one of the best card games. Gin was introduced in order to outdo standard rummy that was the main poker game back then. Elwood was a whist teacher and named the game gin rummy from his love for rum and gin as suggested by his son. The game involves two or more players. Players usually settle on the deal of the game before playing, and the deal could either be fixed or have target goals that are a must score in order to get a winner.

Though there is no much history that is known about the real origin of gin rummy, it still remains Mexicans’ favorite card game. This is well shown in the 40 pack of cards where two players are given 10 cards each, and the other placed aside with the faces stacked downwards. Each suit is usually as follows Ace-2-3-4-5-6-7-Jack-Queen-King where the winner is supposed to be the first to lay off all their cards.

Types of Rummy

• Straight rummy

Has a set of rules similar to standard gin rummy that determines who the winner of the day is.

• Hollywood gin

Has no rules and mostly relies on scores. In order to be the winner, you must win three games of the total number of games you play.

• Oklahoma gin

The first set of cards a player uses determine their maximum count of the knocks that they can achieve in a single match.

• Single match

Different players play in rounds, and the one with the highest number of points automatically becomes the winner

• Multi-match

Different scores of different games are recorded, and the game reset to zero. The player with more points compared to the rest is the winner.

As mentioned earlier, players sit and discuss the rules of the game before playing. This ensures that these rules are understood, and all players agree to adhere to them. Although some if the set rules are optional, it is important to mention them before the deal starts.

Basic Rules of The Game: Gin Rummy

• Multiple melds

The number of melds to lay depends on what the players agree. In some instances, there is the freedom to lay as many melds as you wish. New players are also allowed to earn bonus points if they are in a position to lay all the melds in their hand. This is what they refer as going rummy.

• Laying off

This rule states that you cannot lay other players unless you have successfully managed to lay a single meld on yourself. This is what grants a player permission to lay off others.

• Last discard

Last discard varies from one game to the other. At times, some players agree on setting a player free once they discard their last card, and they can walk away if they do not want to play more. However, others differ with that and set their rules differently allowing a player to walk out even without discarding their last card. What they leave behind is joined with the other set of cards set aside and players can use them in melding.

• Ace low or high

Unlike in the standard rummy where all aces are low, some players set it differently and allow aces to either be high or low. If using the rule of high or low ace, the highest ace is awarded 15 points and lowest 1 point.

• End of stock

Some allow players to reshuffle the pile of cards set aside even before the last discards are thrown. Others take this rule differently and only allow players to use the unused cards once all the players have used their last discard. If there are cards to shuffle, depending on the agreed rules, players are allowed to memorize the order in which the cards in discard appear. This calls for a lot of caution and attentiveness as the player who gets it right becomes the winner.

• Scoring

While others agree that the losers pay the winners according to the number of cards at hand, others use points scored to determine the winner.