Rummy Tips and Strategy
Rummy is a game that takes skill in both mathematics and memory to master. Many players are easily deceived into thinking the game is much simpler than it actually is, because it was simple for them to pick up the basics. To become a good Rummy player, you’ll want to get in lots of practice against good opponents as well as to read several books on Rummy which you can likely pick up for free at your local library. On this page we’ll cover some basic rummy strategy which can be used for all variations of the game.
Key to all forms of Rummy strategy is the ability to determine which cards are in your opponent’s hand, and what type of sets and runs they are looking to build. To do this you’ll need to pay close attention to and memorize what they’ve placed into the discard pile. Every action in Rummy is a clue, and it is difficult to win consistently without paying close attention.
Almost as important as memorizing your own cards, every card you discard yourself gives clues to your opponent. Against an observant opponent, a lot of consideration must be given to how your opponent perceives you (carefully considering your past actions and information you’ve given), in order to deceive opponents about your card holdings.
In many games it is a good idea to discard your high cards first rather than your low ones. However, you need to avoid giving cards that will help your opponent, Many understand this tendency and will, therefore, focus themselves on building high card runs.
Understanding card values is also important, and we mean more than just the value the card will have as deadwood. For example, an Ace is far less valuable than a middle card such as an eight. The ace can be used in only one of two runs: A23 and QKA, where the eight can be used in three different runs: 678, 789, 89T.
One of the best ways to get good at Rummy is to play online. Of course as a new player you’ll want to start off at lower stakes and gradually work your way up. As you become more confident about your game, we suggest reading at least one book on Rummy. If Gin is your favorite variant, we suggest “Gin Rummy: How to Play and Win” by Sam Fry. If you prefer other games of Rummy, then we suggest “Play Gin To Win” by Charley Killebrew, which despite having Gin in the title, covers information key to all games, such as the mathematical and mental aspect of the game.
If you’re brand new to the game, several good tutorials exist at RummyRoyal.com which will help give you the basics on how to play.
Rummy Strategy Forums
For more Rummy Tips and Strategy, we suggest starting discussions at large gambling forums such as twoplustwo.com, as no large Rummy exclusive forum currently exists.