Rummy is a game played by people of all ages. The 13 cards rummy game involves two to six players, making it an interactive as well as a highly competitive game. The game is easy to understand and once the player is adept with the game, he can score and win rewards as well.
The Objective of the Game:
The objective is to form runs, or sequences and sets. And when a player has formed required runs and sets using all the 13 cards, the player declares their turn. A valid declaration must have a minimum two runs and out of these runs one run must be pure, also called the First Life. The second run can be pure or non-pure, known as the Second Life. Either First Life or Second Life must have 4 or more cards. On a valid declaration, the scores of the rest of the players are counted.
A Run or Sequence:
A run consists of 3 or more cards of the same suit and are in consecutive order. The valid order being A-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-J-Q-K-A. Thus with an ace, you can form the run A-2-3 or Q-K-A but you cannot form K-A-2. Examples of valid runs include 4-5-6, 9-10-J, 9-10-J-Q, A-2-3-4 and 8-9-10-J-Q-K. These are pure or straight or natural runs without a joker. A run can also use a joker as a substitute for any missing card. Such a run is an impure run. Examples of non-pure runs are 4-5-joker, 2-3-joker-5. In a run, you can use only one joker as a wild card.
Playing Indian Rummy:
The first player picks a card either the top card of the discard pile or the top card of the stockpile. The top card of the discard pile is face up so the player can figure out if he needs this card or not. If the player decides not to pick the discarded card, he must pick a face-down card from the stockpile. Now the player has 14 cards. The player examines his 14 cards and decides the card that is least important for forming runs and sets. The player takes the least important card and places it face-up on the discard pile. This card becomes the top card of the discard pile. Now it is the turn of the next player to pick a card either the top card of the discard pile or the top card of the stockpile.
A Valid Declare:
The player who uses all the 13 cards to form runs and sets that also meet the basic requirement of two runs with at least one pure and one has minimum 4 cards, declares his turn.
The 13 rummy cards game can be lucky for most players, especially players at the beginning level as it is comparatively easier to comprehend and easier to win if one plays his cards right. For first time players, a 13 card rummy is an ideal option for understanding the game and improving their skills.