Classic 13 Card Rummy Rules: Points, Pool & Deals

13 Card Indian Classic rummy is a timeless game that has been enjoyed by players of all ages for decades, and it continues to captivate hearts and minds with its strategic gameplay and thrilling twists. To ensure your victory in the classic rummy game lets take a look at the rules of classic rummy game!

  • Classic rummy is played with 2 to 6 players using 1 or 2 standard decks of 52 cards, including jokers.
  • At the start of the game, each player is dealt 13 cards.
  • The objective is to create sets and sequences by grouping cards together.
  • A set is made up of three or four cards of the same rank but different suits.
  • A sequence consists of three or more consecutive cards of the same suit.
  • On your turn, you can either draw a card from the deck or pick up the top card from the discard pile. Then, you must discard one card from your hand.
  • Jokers can be used as wild cards to substitute any other card to complete a set or sequence.
  • To declare the game, you need to have at least two sequences, one of which must be a pure sequence (without a joker).
  • Once a player declares, the others calculate their scores based on the cards left in their hands.
  • The game is usually played in multiple rounds, with players taking turns dealing the cards.

Remember, these are just the basic rules of classic rummy that should give you a good starting point to enjoy the game.

Different variations have additional rules which are mentioned below in a tabular comparison for your quick & better understanding

For your convenience, we have made a tabular comparison of different types of Indian Rummy rules. So, let’s dive in and learn the rules of online rummy games.

Points RummyPool RummyDeals Rummy
Cards per Player13 Cards13 Cards13 Cards
Pure SequencesAtleast 1Atleast 1Atleast 1
Minimum Sequences222
Maximum SequencesUpto 4Upto 4Upto 4
Minimum Sets000
Maximum SetsUpto 2Upto 2Upto 2
Number of DecksUp to 2Up to 21 Deck
Printed Joker in Deck111
Open Card Joker111
Joker UtilizationTo make sets and impure sequencesTo make sets and impure sequencesTo make sets and impure sequences
Game Play TypeCash and Free PlayCash and Free PlayCash and Free Play
Table Size2 and 6 Player Table2 and 6 Player Table2 Player Table
Calculation UnitPointsPointsChips
Drop AvailabilityYesYesNo
Initial Drop Value20 Points20 in 101 & 25 in 201 PoolNA
Mid Drop Value40 Points40 in 101 & 50 in 201 PoolNA
Maximum loss 80 Points80 Points80 Chips
Wrong ShowLoss of 80 PointsLoss of 80 PointsLoss of 80 Chips
Next Game Auto Start YesNoNo
Empty Seats on Table YesYesNo - Starts when all seats are occupied
Classic Rummy Types Points Calculation101 and 201 Point2 Deals & 3 Deals
Number of Deals1Till 1 player remains with score below selected points2 or 3 deals depending on selected game
Initially Dealt ChipsNA0160 Chips in 2 Deals and 240 Chips in 3 Deals
Number of Winners111
Winning Hand Make valid sequences and or sets before oppnents and declareMake valid sequences and or sets before oppnents and declareMake valid sequences and or sets before oppnents and declare
Winning the GameMake valid sequences and or sets before oppnents and declareTill 1 player remains with score below selected pointsPlayer with more chips at the end of total number of deals will be the winner.
Rebuy OptionNoYesNo
Split WinningsNoYesNo
Winning CalculationLoosing Players Points x Point ValueFixed PriceFixed Price

13 Card Indian Classic Rummy Game FAQ's

  • How many cards are dealt to each player in online rummy game?
    Every player is dealt with 13 Cards on a random basis at the beginning of online rummy game.
  • How many decks are used in online rummy?
    In a deck of cards, there are 4 suits i.e. Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts and Spades and each suit has 13 cards making it 13x4= 52 cards. Besides this, there is 1 printed joker card in each deck so 52+1 = 53 cards make one deck. One deck of cards is used if the rummy game is played on a 2-player table and if it is played on a 6-player table then two decks are used.
  • What are the different kinds of classic rummy variations?
    In 13-Cards Indian Rummy, you can play with multiple options in Pool Rummy and Deals Rummy. You can learn in detail about all variants of Classic Rummy by clicking the respective links here: Points Rummy, Pool Rummy , and Deals Rummy.
  • What is a sequence?
    A sequence is a combination of 3 or more consecutive cards of the same suit which is made to declare the hand. A sequence can be pure and impure.
  • How many sequences are required to make a valid declaration?
    In order to ace the game, a minimum of 2 sequences (one pure and one impure) sequences are needed to make a valid declaration. You can make a maximum of 4 sequences but in some cases when hand cards are back-to-back in sequence then you need to make fewer but longer sequences
  • What is a pure sequence?
    A pure sequence is a sequence in which no joker card ( printed joker or wild card joker) is used. It is mandatory to form one pure sequence to ace the game.
  • What is an impure sequence?
    An impure sequence is made with a joker card (printed joker or wild card joker).
  • What is a set?
    A set means the same value cards of different suits. For example, 7,♠7,♣7 or A,♠A,♣A are sets. J,♣J,♣J is not a valid set as it has two same suits.
  • How many maximum sets can be formed?
    In all online rummy variants, players can make a maximum number of 2 sets.
  • What is a joker card?
    Joker is a trump card which is used to form impure sequences and sets to complete the hand. You can use 2 joker cards per sequence/set.
  • How many joker cards are there in online rummy?
    There are two kinds of joker cards used in the game; printed joker and wildcard joker.
  • What is a printed joker card?
    A printed joker is a card on which a joker is printed.
  • How many printed jokers are there in a deck of cards?
    In a deck of cards, there is one printed joker. If two decks of cards are used then 2 printed joker cards are used.
  • What is a wildcard joker?
    A wildcard joker is a card which is selected randomly at the beginning of the game. The same number of cards of other suits are also considered as wildcard jokers.
  • How many wildcard jokers are there in a deck of cards?
    There are 4 wildcard jokers in a deck of cards. For example, 3 of ♠ is selected as the wildcard joker at the beginning then 3 of ♣, 3 of and 3 of is also considered as the wildcard joker.
  • How many deals are played in online rummy?
    In Points Rummy, a single-deal game is played whereas in Pool Rummy you have to make sure that all other players cross 101 or 201 points ( depending on the game type) which may take multiple hands. In Deals Rummy, players have to play predefined 2 or 3 deals.
  • How to discard in online rummy?
    In each turn, players must pick one card and let go of another, often the one they least require. The action of dropping the said card is known as discard. All discarded cards ultimately get collected and form the open deck.
  • How to discard in online rummy?
    In each turn, players must pick one card and let go of another, often the one they least require. The action of dropping the said card is known as discard. All discarded cards ultimately get collected and form the open deck.
  • How to declare in online rummy?
    To declare in online rummy means to arrange all the cards into valid melds, including at least two sequences out of which one needs to be a pure sequence. If you are the first one to declare the game with valid combinations makes you a winner of the game.
  • How to group in online rummy?
    Card group in online rummy means to select the cards either of the same suit or a different suit and group them together. Players can do this by selecting the cards and clicking on the “group” button.
  • What is the gameplay type?
    At Rummy Passion, you can enjoy your favourite Rummy game with real money which you can add to your account by clicking on the Add Cash button or playing with Practice Chips.
  • What is the table size?
    At Rummy Passion players can play on a 2-player table and a 6-player table. In Points Rummy and Pool Rummy card games, 2,3,4,5 or 6 players can play together at a 6 player table whereas in Deals Rummy the game starts only when the table is full.
  • How is the calculation done in different variants of Rummy?
    Points Rummy and Pool Rummy are calculated with Points whereas in Deals Rummy Chips are calculated. Additionally, more points means more loss and more chips means more winnings
  • What is a drop?
    Players have the option to leave a table in between, with fewer points as compared to facing a loss which is called the drop option. Players can either opt for an initial drop or a middle drop in Points Rummy and Pool Rummy. This option is not available in the Deals Rummy game.
  • What is an initial drop?
    An initial drop means making the first drop in your first turn. If you are exercising the initial drop in Points Rummy you will get 20 points. Whereas, in 101 Pool Rummy you get 20 points and in 201 Pool Rummy you get 25 points. Deals Rummy doesn’t allow you to drop if only 2 players are actively playing.
  • What is a middle drop?
    The middle drop is the drop which is exercised after the second turn. In Points Rummy, you get 40 points. While in 101 Pool Rummy, you get 40 points and in 201 Pool Rummy, you get 50 points. Just like in the initial drop, you cannot exercise mid-drop in Deals Rummy if there are only 2 active players.
  • How much is the maximum loss in online rummy?
    In a pool game, where the game started with 3 or more players and minimum number of players remaining in the game at the end of a deal is 2 or 3, the players can split their winnings.
  • What is a wrong show or invalid declaration?
    Your declaration is considered invalid when you do not have finished sequences and sets in the requisite manner. For example, there must be at least one pure sequence to make a valid declaration.
  • What is the next game auto-start?
    In Points Rummy, the next game will automatically start after displaying the results of the present game and allowing new players to join in after a few seconds.
  • Are empty seats allowed on the table?
    If you are playing Points Rummy and Pool Rummy on a 2 player table then there is no chance of an empty seat but if you are playing on a 6 player table then the seat occupancy depends upon the number of players playing on it. Whereas, Deals Rummy card games won’t start until all the seats are occupied.
  • What are the initially distributed chips?
    The chips are distributed in Deals Rummy card games. The player who has higher chips wins the game.
  • How many winners are there in the game of rummy?
    Only one player is declared in every game of rummy.
  • What is a winning hand in online rummy?
    If you are the first one to declare the game or form the right combination of sequences and sets then it is called a winning hand.
  • What does it mean to win the game?
    By rightful and valid declaration, you win the game. Double-check and arrange your sequences and sets properly before declaring the game.
  • How are the winnings calculated?
    The winnings are calculated on the amount which is won by the player and it is shown on the scoreboard. For Points Rummy, the winning calculation varies whereas, for other variants, it is fixed.
  • What is rebuying?
    In Pool Rummy, players who are eliminated from the game are allowed to join the game back. Rejoining is possible if the highest score among the players (who are not eliminated) is less than 79 points in a 101-Pool game and 174 in a 201-Pool game.
  • What are split winnings?
    In Pool Rummy, where the game starts with 3 or more players and the minimum number of players remaining in the game is 2 or 3 then the players can split their winnings.
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