• Angela Cumming

How to Play Gin Rummy

Happy July everyone! This is the second game featured this month for 2 or more players. It's similar to last week's Gin, but with a bit of a twist! I like this game because it's slightly more interactive than Gin. My family has a tile rummy game similar to the card version that we play all the time so this game brings back fond memories of family game nights. I hope it can bring good memories to your family too!


Before you continue, head over and read the rules of Gin to understand the basics.


Done? Now here are the rules for Gin Rummy:


Number of Players:

2 or more players


Materials:

-one deck of normal playing cards, Jokers removed

-a table or flat surface to lay card groupings on


Objective of the Game:

The first player to get rid of all 10 of their cards by laying them down in groups is the winner. Groups can be runs of the same suit or multiples of the same number, but must have at least 3 cards in them.

Set-up:

Deal 10 cards to each player. The remaining cards form a draw pile with one card flipped up as a discard pile. Each player can look at their own hand, but don't show anyone else.


Play:

The player to the left of the dealer goes first. Players take turns drawing one card from either the draw pile or the top card of the discard pile and exchanging it with a card in their hand. They must discard one card at the end of their turn.


On their turn, each player can lay down one grouping (or more) in front of them before they discard, but they don't have to. Groupings must be a run of the same suit or multiples of the same card, and must be 3 or more cards.

Play continues clockwise with players laying down new groupings or adding to previous ones. Players can add on other player's groupings, but only if they have 'opened' their hand. This means they must have at least one grouping of their own before being allowed to play on someone else's. For example, if I draw a 5 of spades and my opponent already has a run of 6-7-8 in spades, I can lay my 5 on their grouping and discard one of my ocards to finish my turn (see video below).


Players must discard after each turn before the next player can go.

Winning:

The winner is the first player to get rid of their entire hand by laying all their cards in groupings. Remember you must discard!


You can turn this game into a longer one by tallying points after each round. Players get 15 points for an ace, 10 points for face cards and 10s, and 5 points for everything else left in their hand after a player finishes the round. The winner of the game is the player with the lowest score after X hands.


Tips:

-Keep an eye on what other players are picking up so you don't feed in their hand with your discard! Also, check other players groupings before discarding!

-Don't hoard groupings in your hand because you could get caught with a bunch of high cards at the end.

Do you have any variations of Gin Rummy? Let me know in the comments!

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