How to Play Indian Rummy

One of the most popular Indian card games is Indian Rummy. It is played in the same way as classical rummy but is referred to as “Paplu.” Although nobody is quite sure where the game originated from, it has become one of the most widely played card games in the country. Paplu contains elements from the popular American variations of the game.

Background Information

There are two variations of Indian rummy that can be played. The one called 13 card Rummy and the other is 21 card rummy. In this article, we will be discussing how to play 13 card Rummy due to its prevalence and paced. Terminology will be important in order to understand the steps outlined. When cards are discarded, they are dropped and replaced with another. The discarded cards go in a separate pile and are not used for the remainder of the game. Deadwood refers to cards that have not formed sets. The count is the total number of deadwood cards in a player’s hand and drops means to drop the game before your turn has arrived.

How to Play

To get started, a dealer is selected at random. The dealer then shuffles, cuts, and distributes 13 cards to each player, one at a time. Once the cards are dealt, the dealer will open one of the cards. The dealer then selects a random card from the deck, signalling the commencement of the game. Each player will select a card from either pile and discard another card from their hand, ensuring that they have 13 cards in hand after each turn. The cards in each player's hand must be arranged according to set or sequence, with the 14th card being discarded in the slot designated for the finish, effectively concluding a round of the game. To play another round, the entire process is repeated with another dealer being selected.

Beginner Tips

As with most games, practice makes perfect but luckily there are a few other tips for you to use to get the most out of your gaming experience. The first thing you would want to do is find your pure sequence. This refers to all the cards in your hand that exclude the joker, once your sequence is found you can arrange your hand accordingly. The second tip is to discard the cards that are closer to the joker so other players can’t use it instead and beat you.

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