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History of Rummy

Several theories exist on how the game of Rummy came to be.

Conquian Theory
One of the earliest Rummy games was Conquian, which some sources say originated in Spain and was exported to Mexico. Other sources insist the game was developed in Mexico in the mid 1800's. One thing that is not disputed is that the game crossed over into Texas and the American Southwest in the late 19th century. At some point the game made its way to England, where it was called "Rum”. The game then made it back to the United States, where it officially became "Rummy".

Poker Theory
This theory holds that Rummy evolved from Poker, which originated with the French settlers in the New World. Poker and Rummy have certain similarities in how cards are combined, both sharing the concepts of sequences and groups. Specifically, Rummy developed from a game called "Whiskey Poker", which later became known as "Rum Poker", and later just "Rum" and then "Rummy".

Chinese Theory
There are two Chinese card games called "Khanhoo", and "Kon Khin" which were first reported in the late 1800's, and which contain the distinctly Rummy and Poker characteristics of creating combinations of cards. Many Chinese domino games are also built on this principle, as is the Chinese game of Mahjong.

Rummy Today
Rummy is regarded to be the second most popular card game after Poker. In fact, if you include Mahjong, which is conservatively estimated to be played by over 400 million people across Asia, along with western Rummy games, it has been estimated that Rummy games are played by over 700 million people worldwide. This makes it not just one of the most popular card games but also one of the most popular games in the world ranking up there with the likes of Scrabble, Chess and Monopoly.

How To Play Rummy

Though no official rules actually exist, these are the most commonly used Rummy rules.

The Players
Rummy may be played by 2 to 6 players and uses a standard playing card deck of 52 cards. The game can be played for a round, a number of rounds or to a target score agreed upon before the start of play.

The Deal
The first dealer is chosen at random. Or, it can be decided by each player drawing a single card from the deck, with the lowest card getting to deal first. The number of cards dealt is dependent on the number of players detailed below.
2 Players  10 cards each
3 to 4 Players  7 cards each
5 to 6 Players  6 cards each

If there are just two players, the deal alternates. If there are more than two players, the deal moves clockwise around the table. Starting with the player to his left, the dealer deals the cards one at a time to each player until all players have the required number of cards. The dealer places the remaining cards face down on the table to become the stock. He then turns over the top card and places it face up to the right of the stock to start the discard pile. Once the cards have been dealt, the players can then examine and sort their cards. The player to the left of the dealer takes the first turn.

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Rummy Glossary

Discarding a card in order to induce an opponent to discard another card of the same rank or in suit and sequence with it, also known as baiting, chumming, and fishing

Discarding a card to induce your opponent to discard a card one rank away, also known as sideways fishing and side baiting

Blind Discard
A discard made without a clue as to whether an opponent can use it

To withhold a card that would extend a meld for an opponent

Two cards that will become a matched set by addition of a suitable third card

To discard a card wanted by an opponent; meld when there is possible advantage in keeping the cards in the hand; unload

Dead Cards
Cards no longer available because of being buried in the discard pile or melded

Unmatched cards in a hand

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Rummy Laughs

A Little More Interesting
Michael was feeling ill at work and left after lunch to go home. He walked into the house and found his wife Sandra in the arms of another man. He started to yell at the interloper, "What right have you got to be making love to my wife?"

The man answered calmly, "You may as well know that I am in love with Sandra and I would like to marry her. I understand you're a gambler. Why don't you be a good sport and sit down and play a game of gin rummy with me? If I lose, I'll never see her again; if you lose, you must agree to divorce her.... Okay?"

"Okay," replied Michael, "but just to make it a little more interesting, why don't we play for a dollar a point?"