Gin Rummy is a member of the Rummy family of games. As with most games there are plenty of variations out there, so the game might not be exactly like you play it or have different points for some things.
Below I'll explain the rules we use on this site. I'll start by explaining a few basic concepts, and then go over the gameplay and scoring of the game.
The objective of Gin Rummy is to collect cards into melds and have as little deadwood as possible at the end of a game. The game is scored based on how much deadwood you have at the end of each game.
A game can span several rounds, it's over when one player reaches points. At that point grand total for each player is calculated, with bonuses, and the player with the highest score wins the whole game.
Each player gets 10 cards. The remaining deck is put on the table between the players face down, and one card is put face up besides the deck to start the discard pile.
In each turn a player must start by drawing one card. He can either draw the top card from the deck or the top card from the discard pile. Generally you only draw the top card from the discard pile if you know that the card will help you create a meld with some of the other cards in your hand.
After the player has drawn a card he must discard one card by putting it face up on top of the discard pile.
If the player has drawn the top card from the discard pile at the start of the turn he may not discard that card until his next turn also, that wouldn't make any sense at all.
He may however discard a card he has just drawn from the deck, or any other card he has in his hand. The game continues like this, with players drawing and discard cards, while they try to build sets and runs in their hand.
The round ends when one player knocks , by discarding a card and putting it face down on the discard pile. The player that knocked the knocker then shows his melds and his deadwood by putting it face up on the table.
The opponent then shows his melds and deadwood. The opponent is allowed to lay off any of his deadwood cards onto the knocker's melds if he can.
For example if the knocker had a meld, H1 H2 H3 and the opponent has a H4 as part of his deadwood he can add it to the knocker's meld, and then it won't count as deadwood anymore.
The knocker cannot do the same, he can never lay off his deadwood. Additionally, if the knocker has Gin or Big Gin no deadwood then the opponent is not allowed to lay off any cards.
There are some rules for when you can knock. They vary between different versions, but this is how it's done on this site: You may only knock if you end up with 10 or fewer points of deadwood human cards count as 10, aces as 1 and other cards their numeric values.
The card you knock with put facedown on the discard pile is not included in that number. Knocking with no deadwood, i. Going Big Gin is when you have 11 cards in melds, in which case you can say you have Big Gin and the game ends without you discarding the final card facedown.
The game also ends if neither player has knocked and there are only two cards left in the deck. In that case the hand is a tie, and neither player gets any points.
Scoring is based on deadwood and bonuses, the actual melds don't actually count for anything, they're only good to minimize your deadwood.
I'm sure there are plenty of people who prefer other rules, but you can never please everyone and these are the rules I'm going with. This online version of Gin Rummy was made by me.
My name is Einar Egilsson and over there on the left is my current Facebook profile picture. Gin Rummy is a game I've been playing a lot lately with my son.
I used to play a lot of Rummy when I was younger, but I prefer Gin Rummy now, and it's also a bit easier to create because you can't lay down melds all the time, which makes programming it simpler: I hope you enjoy the game!
The excellent playing card images were made by Nicu Buculei , check out his site for some more examples of his work.
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After the cards are dealt the deck is put facedown on the table, and one card face up next to it, to start the discard pile.
The player to the left of the dealer starts the hand, and gameplay goes as follows:. The game continues like this until one player has finished all the cards from their hand.
A player is not required to end the game by discarding a card onto the discard pile, if he can lay down all his cards in melds, or lay them off on existing melds the may do so, and will win the game.
If the deck is depleted before a player has won, then the discard pile is shuffled and used as a new deck.
If the deck is depleted for a second time then the hand is considered a stalemate and finishes with no one getting any points.
The scoring in Rummy is winner-takes-all. When a player has won a round, the cards his opponents still have in their hands are counted and the winner gets points based on them.
Face cards are worth 10 points each, aces are 1 point, and other cards are worth their rank, e. The points for all the losers are added together and given to the winner.
In some variations each player gets his points as penalty points, but not in this version. The score needed to win the entire game varies based on how many players there are.
For 2 players the score is points, for 3 players it's points and for four players the score is When a player reaches the target score he has won the entire game.
Since scoring is based on cards left in hand it makes sense to try to meld and lay off as early as possible. A player has not melded or laid off any cards during the game, but can get rid of all his cards in one turn earns a bonus, his points are doubled!
This is called Going Rummy , and is a risky move, since you have a lot of cards for a long time, but can really pay off if you manage to do it successfully!
There are two cases where the game can end in a stalemate. One, as mentioned above, is when the stock has been depleted twice.
The other is when the game detects that none of the players will be able to finish their hands. This can for example happen when all players have only one card left, and there are no possible lay offs on the melds on the table.
When there's a stalemate all players get 0 points, and the game is considered a loss for all of them in the statistics.
The way people handle this in real life varies greatly, but I've chosen this simple method here to avoid complications around two or more players having the same number of points etc.
This online version of the classic card game Rummy was made by me. My name is Einar Egilsson and over there on the left is my current Facebook profile picture.
A few months ago I made Gin Rummy. After that the most requested game has been standard Rummy, so now I've made that!
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