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Most used terminology in Indian rummy that you must know

One of the very interesting games in the list of card games is the Rummy game. The game is played among two or more decks. In this game, the sets are formed by the players and they try to maintain the cards sequence. This game is also called as Standard rummy. The Indian rummy is played with some variations in the original game. A cross is considered among two games and that is the rummy 500 and the gin rummy.

Objectives of the Rummy Game

The main objective of the Rummy game goes with making a sequence so as to arrange all the cards into a sequence. If you want to win the Indian rummy, a basic rule is to have at least 2 sequences in your hand of 13 cards. Out of these sequences, one sequence should be a pure sequence and it must not include any joker. The remaining cards must be in a proper set or sequence including joker cards.



Ranking of the Cards

A total of 52 cards are available in which a total of 4 different suits are present. Each suit consists of 13 cards. These are as follows:

  1. Clubs: These are black color cards.
  2. Diamonds: These are also red in color.
  3. Spades: These pan shaped black color cards.
  4. Hearts: These are red in color and heart shaped design on each card.

The total cards available are A,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10, J,Q and K. These set of cards are available in all the suits. The face cards are jack, queen and king. The other cards except the ace i.e. the 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 are the number cards.

Important Terms associated with Rummy

Some of the important terms that are associated with the Indian rummy game are as listed below:

Buy In

To enter a cash tournament in a Rummy game, you need to pay some amount. This amount is referred to as Buy In. In a very simple language, it can be explained as an entry fee a player has to pay in order to compete in a rummy tournament. There are some tournaments in which the loyalty points can be used as the Buy In.


According to the Indian rummy rules, the cards are shuffled from the deck and each player is given a total of 13 cards. The deck is not made empty to the whole. According to basic rummy rules, the dealing can be done only after the toss of the game and the cards are dealt in clockwise direction.

Closed Deck

Once the cards are distributed among all the players, the remaining cards are kept separately with their face down. This group of cards is known as the closed deck.

Open Deck

This is called as the discard pile. Players discard their unwanted cards to this pile and can pick from it if they find any cards that are useful to them to complete the meld.


If we exclude the jokers, a standard deck consists of total 52 cards. In case we include the jokers, the deck becomes of total 54 cards.


Once the cards are melded in to a proper set and a sequence has been formed then it is called as declare. Declare is also termed as ‘Show’.


Once you pick a card from the open or the closed deck, you need to drop a card from your own hand and it is one of the basic rummy rules. This act of replacing a card is termed as Discard.


When you draw a card from the open deck or from the closed deck, it is called as drawing.


One card is picked on random when the game begins. This card can take the place of any other card to complete the sets or sequences. It is termed as the Joker or the wild card. Sometimes it is not possible to meld the entire set of 13 cards at once. In this case, wild card can be placed in the position of the missing card.

For example, there is a sequence of 6*7*J*9. The J is replaced with 8. If we talk about the printed joker, if it is selected as the wild joker then in that case aces from all the sets can act as the wild joker along with the 2 printed jokers.


At the beginning of the game of rummy, 13 cards are handed to the players. There cards are called as a hand.


When the cards are made out in to a proper sequence or a set, it is called as melding. For example there are 3 cards with you with the numbers as 3 4 and 5. The act of arranging them as 3*4*5 is called as melding.


If there are three or four consecutive cards that belong to the same suit, it is called a sequence or a run. A pure sequence is the one in which 3 or 4 cards are of the same sequence without any joker cards in it. It is a clear win.

The Last Words

These are some of the important terminologies and terms that are used within the rummy game. Rummy can be played online with multiple players and that is what makes this game a real to fun to play! You can even put your real money on the game and get a chance to multiply it with your wins. But don’t get addicted to this game as you may lose a big amount of money if you don’t play it right. Follow all the rummy rules carefully while playing.

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