Everything you need to know about Indian Rummy

Have you ever played rummy?

If your answer is yes then, you wouldn’t disagree with the fact that rummy is an interesting and fun card game to play. Isn’t it?

It is a very popular card game among people from all age groups. The game is so interesting that people have come up with their very own local versions. However, world over around 20 variants of rummy are recognized.

In India, Indian rummy is very popular. It is also called ‘Paplu’. It is a slight variation to the standard rummy and is considered to be a cross between Gin rummy and Rummy 500.

Basically, it is played with 13 cards between 2 to 6 players using one or two standard decks of 52 cards depending on the number of players.

Let’s help you with information about the classic Indian rummy like Q&A session.

How to get started with the game?

As said earlier, at the start of the classic rummy 13 cards are dealt to each player to meld. The act of arranging the cards is known as melding or meld. The rule is pretty simple. You need to meld the cards as sequences and sets.

A sequence is a group of 3 or more consecutive cards from the same suit.

E.g. 3 Hearts, 4 Hearts, 5 Hearts.

A set is formed with 3 or more cards of the same rank but from different suits.

E.g. 3 Hearts, 3 Spades, 3 Clubs, 3 Diamonds.

To win, you need to make at least 2 sequences of which one is pure sequence without the use of a joker.

How to go about playing?

At the beginning of the game, a toss is made to decide who would start the game. A random card is picked up as a joker. Then, 13 cards are dealt to each player. One card is kept facing up on the table forming the ‘Open deck, while the remaining cards are placed on the table facing down. This is known as the ‘Closed deck’.

In Indian rummy, the player has to make valid sets and sequences by arranging and re-arranging the cards. When the players’ turns come, each player can pick the card either from the Open or Closed deck immediately followed by discarding a card in hand to the Open deck. This is known as Discard.

How is the winner declared?

The player, who makes first valid sets or sequences, is declared the winner. In order to win, the player needs to have at least 2 sequences with 1 sequence being a pure sequence.

A sequence made without the use of any joker(s) is known as a pure sequence.

Jokers are very helpful as they could be used instead of other cards while forming sets and sequences. However, in order to win it is important to have at least 1 pure sequence without the joker. The player then places his/ her cards before others for validation. This is known as ‘Show’. In Indian rummy, the winner will be adjudged with zero points but for the losing players, the points would be based on the value of the unmatched cards with them.


All that Indian rummy takes in your effort and immense interest. Enjoy playing!


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