What types of rummy (the card game) are there and how do they differ?

Rummy comes in various different versions and variations. The three most popular versions of 13 card rummy are Points Rummy, Deals Rummy and Pool Rummy.

Rummy comes in various different versions and variations. The three most popular versions of 13 card rummy are Points Rummy, Deals Rummy and Pool Rummy.

1. Points Rummy

It is also called as 80 points rummy and known for its quick game play. It takes about 2-3 minutes to finish one game between 2 players. The objective is simple; Make sets/sequences before your opponent does and declare. A deck of 53 cards is used. 13 cards of each suit and one joker printed card. A player’s objective to win the game is to form 2 sequences out of which 1 has to be pure sequence and maximum of 2 sets.

2. Deals Rummy

Equal number of chips are distributed to all players playing at the table. It’s a winner takes all style game. A winner gets all chips lost by players in a hand. And the player with the highest number of chips after 2 or 3 deals is the winner. To win a hand player needs 2 sequences out of which 1 has to be pure and maximum 2 sets. My personal Rummy tip here would be to make 3 groups of 3 cards and 1 group of 4 cards.

3. Pool Rummy

It’s actually an extended version of points rummy. It’s played in 2 different variations, 101 and 201. To win the game, a player has to push the opponents to cross these magic numbers by winning many games. The games continue until all players except one crosses 101/201. The objective is to make 2 sequences out of which 1 has to be pure and other can be set, impure or pure sequences.

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