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Rummy is a group of matching-card games notable for similar gameplay based on matching cards of the same rank or sequence and same suit. Several theories about the origin of the name ‘rummy’ exist. Some attribute it to the British slang word rum, meaning odd, strange, or queer. Others say the origin lies in the game Rum Poker, or in the popular liquor of the same name.
Rummy is played with either one or two standard deck of 52 cards.
The cards are ranked from highest to lowest: K – Q – J – 10 – 9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – A.
The goal of the game is to collect all four cards of the same value.
Players try to form matching sets consisting of groups of three or four of a kind, or sequences of three or more cards of the same suit.
Beginning with the player to the left of the dealer, players either draw the top card of the stock or takes the top card of the discard pile and adds it to his hand. The player may also lay down on the table, face up, any meld (matched set). If the player does not wish to lay down a meld, he discards one card, face up, onto the discard pile. If the player has drawn from the discard pile, he may not discard the same card on that turn.
A player may add one or more from their hand to any matched set already shown on the table. Thus, if threes are showing, they may add the fourth three; if 10, 9, 8 are showing, they may add J, or Q, J, 7, or 7, 6.
When a player gets rid of all of their cards, they win the game.
If all of their remaining cards are matched, the player may lay them down without discarding on their last turn. This ends the game and there is no further play.
If the last card of the stock has been drawn and no player has gone out, the next player in turn may either take the top of the discard pile, or may turn the discard pile over to form a new stock (without shuffling it) and draw the top card. Play then proceeds as before.
Each player pays to the winner the pip value of the cards remaining in their hand, whether the cards form matched sets or not. Face cards count 10 each, aces 1 each, and every other card its pip value.
A player goes “rummy” when they get rid of all cards in their hand at once, without previously having put down or laid off any cards. In this event, every other player pays double – twice what opponents would otherwise owe.