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Traditional Rummy is the most relaxed form of all the rummy games, in that there are fewer requirements and, therefore, less things to remember. For those who have never played rummy, it is probably the best form of the game to become familiar with before proceeding on to the other fun and interesting variations. The Traditional Rummy game is played with two to four players and the method of play is as follows:
Two standard decks without jokers are joined as one, for a total of 104 cards. The object of the game is to be the player who depletes his hand of all cards by laying down matching sets termed “melds” and discarding the final card. The cards are shuffled and ten cards are dealt to each person. One card from the remaining cards is turned face up to form the discard pile, and all of the other cards are placed face down as the stack.
From the stack, each player in turn draws one card, or the player may choose the top card of the discard pile. Then there is what is called the middle move, in which any matching cards (melds) may be layed down in the melding area. This is optional. A player may also select to keep these cards in hand until the final discard as a form of strategy to either fool the other players by surprising them off guard, or to keep them from building on the melds that he/she has in hand. The last move of the player is to discard one card into the discard pile.
Basically, the actions taken here to play are what is phrased as “draw and discard”. In between these two moves, the player views the drawn card and determines whether to keep it, and if so how to use it, or to discard it. Decisions vary by strategy, but keep in mind the “melds”. They may be either three to four of a kind, such as 5H – 5C – 5D; they may be sets of three or more consecutive cards of the same suit, such as 8H – 9H – 10H, etc. Melds may be layed down in the melding area during this middle move, and the player may also “build” on any other meld previously layed down. “Build” means to add one or more matching cards to melds, thus “building” them, or increasing their size.
A player ends the game by laying down his final card in the discard pile, and there are two ways to go out, gradual or hunt.
Gradual: The player has layed down melds as the game progressed and lays down the final discard. The other players, although awarded points for the melds they have previously layed down, must subtract points for the cards left in their hand, which are called “deadwood”.
Hunt: The player holds all of his melds until the final discard. The other players are penalized an additional 25 points after summing up their previously layed down melds and subtracting the values of the cards left in their hands.
Traditional Rummy Game Tutorial
If you’re a bit confused still on how the game is played, an outstanding Traditional Gin Rummy tutorial is available at the website of the World’s largest real money online Rummy site, RummyRoyal.com.