The goal of the game is simple: get rid of all your cards before your opponent does. In order to get rid of your cards you must form what's know as a "set" or a "run." A set is 3 or 4 cards of the same value, for example the 10 of spades, 10 of diamonds and 10 of hearts. A run is 3 or more consecutive cards of the same suit like 3 of spades, 4 of spades, 5 of spades.
When you have a set or run in your hand it will be taken from your hand and laid down on the table automatically. Either player is then able to add to the cards which have already been laid down. Once a player has laid down all of their cards, the other player's cards are totaled up and added to the previous round's total. The rounds continue in this manner until one player reaches or goes over 100, at which point the player below 100 wins!
- Any 10 or face card is valued as 10 points
- Aces are valued as 1 point
- All others are valued based on their number.
These are just the basics. For more in depth rules of Rummy, check out rules on White Knuckle or the Rummy page on Pagat.
- Attempt to get rid of the higher valued cards early in the game and especially towards the end, when your opponent runs out. This means you'll run your own score up less.
- The biggest game changer for me was realzing that from a math standpoint, it's actually easier to make a run than 3 of a kind. So get rid of 2 matching cards if you have to choose between the two.
- Pay attention to what your opponent does. If he or she grabs a 10 of spades from the deck, can bet that they either have a 10 already or possibly trying to complete a run. Do your best to block them from acheiving their goals!
- Keep in mind that a run can have more than 3 cards in a row. Sometimes the best way to get rid of cards is to form that 5 or 6 card run.
If you get bored here, we have plenty of other games to play! Maybe go play the card game hearts or the card game spades or the card game solitaire!