Rummy Variants From Around the World

Written by : Super User

15 July 2019

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Card games take different formats and rules across the world but are certainly universally enjoyed! Rummy is one such popular game played across the world. The basic goal in any form of rummy is to build melds that consists of sets, three or four of a kind of the same rank; or runs, three or more cards in sequence, of the same suit.

 While history has several versions of the origin of the game, games scholar David Parlett believes the Mexican game of Conquian is considered ancestral to all rummy games, which itself is derived from a Chinese game called Khanhoo. The Rummy principle of drawing and discarding with a view to melding is said to have appeared in Chinese card games at least in the early 19th century.


The Indian subcontinent is no new comer to the game either. It is likely that Indian Rummy is an extension of gin rummy and 500 rummy that originated from the United States. Rummy games have permeated throughout the world and have branched out into different rummy versions. Here’s a look at the variants of the game that has captured the online gaming industry. 

 13 cards Indian Rummy

Colloquially known as paplu, this rummy version is extremely popular in India. The game is played with 2 decks of cards amongst 2 to 6 players and the selection of a random joker. Furthermore, there are two exciting formats of the same – 13 cards and 21 cards. Like any other variant, the objective of this game is to arrange the cards into proper runs and sets. The 13-card format is the variant that has taken the Indian online gaming sector by storm!

 Gin Rummy

 Usually played by two players, Gin Rummy is another popular variant of the game. Thought the game is played more in European countries, with technology, this variant of the game is reaching players from all over the world. In Gin rummy, the cards are ranked from low to high; Ace is the smallest card and carries just 1 point. King, Queen, Jack carry the highest points, 10 each. The rest of the number cards are worth their number value. The objective of the game is to meld most or all of the cards into sets and runs & the point value of the unmatched cards remain low.

 Rummy 500

 Pinochle rummy, Michigan rummy or 500 Rum Rummy 500 is another popular version of this card game. The game requires a minimum of two players and a maximum of eight (best played between 3-5 players). The difference being the scoring pattern, where in players aim to gain 500 points through melds. Points are counted based on the melded combinations and deducted by the players’ deadwood (unmatched cards).

 Shanghai Rummy

 Played between 3-5 players, Shanghai Rummy is an interesting version of rummy that is played by card game enthusiasts around the world. Each player gets 11 cards and the game is set into a predetermined series of hands. The Players’ objective is to get rid of all their cards by laying down melds according to that hand’s assigned contract. 

 Kalooki Rummy

 Original to the country of Jamaica, Kalooki Rummy is another version gaining popularity in the online segment. Also known as Jamaican Rummy people play different versions of this game like Super Kalooki and Baby Kalooki.

 Surprised your favourite online game had these many avatars you weren’t aware of? Well, here’s a chance for you to learn more and master these formats of the game too!

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