Indian Rummy Official Rules

August 12, 2017 | Categories: General

Indian Rummy
It is also known as 13 card game which is played across India. Player needs to have analytical skills and good observation on the opponent’s cards to play this game.

about indian rummy card game

This game can be played between 2 to 6 players with 2 decks of playing cards. Each deck or pack of cards contains 52 cards which include a set of four suitees – Spades, Diamond, Clubs & Hearts, and a face joker.

So, you’ll need 2 packs of cards (i.e., a total of 104 cards) to play Indian rummy game.

Before the game starts, all cards are placed on a table. Then each player has to pick one card from the pile of cards randomly to decide who discards and picks the first card. This is known as toss.

The player who picks the highest card (A, K, Q, J in descending order) gets to play the first card (open card) and the player with the lowest card deals out 13 cards to each player.

Next, all players would be seated in a circle based on the scores / value of the card picked by them during toss. According to the Indian Rummy rules, each player is now dealt 13 cards, and the remaining cards would be kept on the table.


Two of these cards would be taken out randomly – the first one becomes the ‘open card’ and the other one becomes a ‘joker card’ (face joker / a number / J,Q,K,A).

The player sitting next to the one who deals all the cards to all players gets the open card.

Although this game is usually played for money, it is also played for fun during festivals, parties, events with friends and families.

Official Rummy Rules:
1. The basic objective of the game is to make valid sets out of the 13 cards which are dealt to each player.

2. Shuffle the cards properly, and place it on the table with a face down. Then each player is allowed to pick a random card to decide who would be dealing the cards. This is called toss.

3. The player with the highest card wins the toss, and he/she must distribute (deal) 13 cards to each player from the pile of cards placed on the table.

4. Playing the game: All players need to start making sets in the below format:

(i) Life1: Should be the order of not less than three cards of the same suite. The first life needs to be a pure sequence, and shouldn’t have a joker card. Below is an example for it:


(ii) Life2: It must be a sequence of at least three cards of the same suite. It may or may not have a joker. Here’s an example


(iii) Set 1 and Set 2 can be a sequence or a triplet. It may or may not contain a joker. Here’s an example:


Winning the Rummy Game:
It’s 201 points system game wherein the player has to keep the points as low as possible to win the game. Players who reach 201 points would be eliminated from the table.

The very first player who makes the above valid sequence & sets will place a “Show”. And, the other players’ points would be counted, keeping aside the valid sets.

Here is the complete guide on how to play Indian Rummy online.

Indian Rummy Game Variations:
There are 5 game variants that anyone can play:

1. Pool Rummy (101, 201) – The objective of Pool Rummy is to have the least score in each game. Players get eliminated once they reach 101/201 points. Player who is left at the end of the games is declared the winner.

2. Deals Rummy – Players play certain number of deals to conclude the game based on the points they score.

3. Strikes (or) Points Rummy – Points Rummy is the fastest form of Rummy. Each game lasts for 1 deal only. In Points Rummy, players play for points which have a pre-decided rupee-value. A single winner wins all the cash at the end of each game.

The above are the standard rummy rules across India which is played with 2 deck of playing cards.

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