Rummy is still one of the most popular card games in the United States, though Gin Rummy and Oklahoma Gin have surpassed them in many areas. When there are more than two players, Rummy performs better than Gin Rummy. One appealing aspect of the game is how simple it is to play and how many variations there are.

K (high), Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and A are the card ranks. (The ace can rank high or low in many forms of Rummy.)

The Deal Dealer deals one card face down at a time, beginning with the player on the left. When two people play, each receives ten cards. When three or four people play, they each get seven cards; when five or six people play, they each get six cards. The stock is formed by placing the remaining cards face down on the table.

The stock's top card is turned face up and becomes the upcard. It is placed alongside the stock to begin the discard pile.

When two people play at the same time, the winner of each hand deals with the next. When there are more than two players, the deal is passed to the player on the left.

The Goal of the Game

Each player attempts to form matched sets of three or four of a kind, or sequences of three or more cards of the same suit.

The Performance

Beginning with the player to the dealer's left, players either draw the top card from the stock or take the top card from the discard pile and add it to their hand. Any meld may be laid down on the table by the player (matched set). If a player does not want to lay down a meld, he discards one face-up card onto the discard pile. If a player has drawn from the discard pile, he may not discard the same card the following turn.

Reduction in Force

A player may add one or more cards from their hand to any matched set that is already on the table. Thus, if threes appear, they may add the fourth three; if tens, nines, and eights appear, they may add J, Q, J, 7, or 7, 6.

Going on a Date

The game is won when a player gets rid of all of their cards.

If the player's remaining cards are all matched, they may lay them down without discarding them on their final turn. There will be no further play after this.

If the stock's last card is drawn and no player has gone out, the next player may either take the top of the discard pile or turn the discard pile over to form a new stock (without shuffling it) and draw the top card. The game then resumes as before.

How to Keep Track

Whether the cards form matched sets or not, each player pays the pip value of the cards remaining in their hand to the winner. Face cards are worth ten points each, aces are worth one point each, and every other card is worth its pip value.

A player goes "rummy" when they discard all of the cards in their hand at once, without first putting down or laying off any cards. Every other player in this event pays double - twice what opponents would otherwise owe.

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