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6 Questions For Playing Indian Rummy Online Games You Must Be Known


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First, Learn Indian Rummy Online Games Rules

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Following as below questions to learn how to play indian rummy online game.

1. What’s A Sequence Or Run in Rummy

It’s group of three or more consecutive cards of the same suit. Rummy card rules say thar in 13 card rummy sequences are of two types. A Pure Sequence and an Impure Sequence.

To win a game of online cash rummy, you need to make minimum 2 sequences, out of which one needs to be pure sequence and other can be a pure OR impure sequence. Without a pure sequence you cannot make a valid rummy declaration. A pure sequence is a group of three or more cards of the same suit, placed in consecutive order.

Pure Sequence

Pure Sequence

  • 5♥ 6♥ 7♥ are three consecutive cards of the same suit ♥
  • A♥ K♥ Q♥ J♥ are four consecutive cards of the same suit ♥
  • A♥ 2♥ 3♥ are three consecutive cares of the same suit ♥

A run (or sequence) consists of three or more consecutive cards of the same suit, the order being A, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K, A. The ace can be next to the two (in A, 2, 3) or next to the king (in Q, K, A), but not both at once, so K, A, 2 is not a legal run.

Impure Sequence

Impure Sequence

An impure sequence in the game of rummy is a group of 3 or more cards of the same suit with one or more wildcard or joker card. A valid declaration can contain impure sequences, but one pure sequence is compulsory.

Let's assume K♥ is a selected Wild Card.

  • 4♣ 5♣ Joker 7♣ - here a printed joker has been used to replace 6♣.
  • 4♣ 5♣ K♥ 7♣ - here the selected wild card K♥ has been used to build a sequence by replacing 6♣.

Three Identical Cards

While playing with three 52-card decks, the three cards of same rank and same suit are treated as pure sequence/run.

For example: 9♥ 9♥ 9♥ and J♠ J♠ J♠.

2. What is a First Life & Second Life in Rummy

The object is to form Runs (or sequences) and Sets. And when a player has formed required runs and sets using all the 13 card, the player declares his/her turn. A valid declare must have minimum two runs and out of these runs one run must be pure (called First Life).

In a valid declare a player must have a minimum of two sequences. One of the two required sequence must have a pure sequence and the other must have a minimum of 4 cards.

First Combination: Both sequences are pure

  • First Life : 5♥ 6♥ 7♥
  • Second Life : A♥ K♥ Q♥ J♥

Second Combination: One of the sequences is pure and the other impure (considering J♠ is a joker)

  • First Life : 5♥ J♠ 7♥
  • Second Life : A♥ K♥ Q♥ J♥

Third Combination: Both sequences are pure

  • First Life : 5♥ 6♥ 7♥
  • Second Life : A♥ J♠ Q♥ J♥

Three Identical Cards: Three cards of same rank and same suit are treated as pure sequence/run. For example: 9♥ 9♥ 9♥. This can also be treated as a first life.

3. What is a Set in Rummy

Three or more cards of the same face value but different suits in a row is a Set.

Pure Set

  • 7♥7♣7♦ are of different suits ♥♣♦
  • K♦ K♣ K♥ K♠ are of different suits ♦♣♠♥

7♥ 7♦ 7♦ however, is not considered a valid set. All the cards in a set have to be of different suits. If two or more cards of the same suit are used to make a set of three or more cards, it is an invalid set. (this is applicable in gameplays with 2 or more deck of cards). As you can see two of 7♦ has been used to declare the set.

Pure Set

Impure Set

A set can also be built with a Wild Card or a printed joker. Let’s assume the Wild Card is K♥.

Impure Set

  • 4♣ 4♦ PJ 4♥ - here a printed joker has been used to replace 4♠ in the set.
  • A♣ A♥ K♥ A♠ - here the selected wild card K♥ has been used to build a set replacing A♦.

4. How To Use The Joker in Rummy

There are 2 types of Jokers in a indian rummy online game. Printed Joker & Wild Joker. A Printed Joker is the usual Joker card in our deck of cards. whereas a Wild Joker is selected at random at the beginning of the game.

Wild Joker

At the start of each game, a wild joker card is randomly selected. This card can be used as a replacement to any required card after a player meets the requirement of at least one valid sequence. For example:

Wild Joker

  • If 6♥ is selected as the wild joker, then 6 of any suit can be utilised as the wild joker i.e. 6♥, 6♠ 6♦ 6♣ are all joker cards.
  • 4♣ 5♣ 6♦ 7♣ - 6♦ has been used to form a sequence. This is an impure sequence because even though it's a 6, it's not a 6 of clubs. 6♦ being a joker in this case.
  • 4♣ 5♣ 6♣ 7♣ - 6♣ has been used to form a sequence. Even though 6♣ is a joker, it’s considered a pure sequence because it belongs to the same suit. (this is possibly the worst placement with a joker considering it is blocked in a sequence reducing its value of wild card).
  • A♣ K♣ 6♥ J♣ - 6♥ has been used to form a sequence by replacing in space of Q♣. This is an impure sequence using a joker.

In the image below, 7 is the Wild Joker.

Wild Joker

Printed Joker (PJ)

Printed jokers also serve the same purpose since you can use them to replace any other card to form sets and sequences.

  • A♣ K♣ PJ J♣ - PJ has been used to form a sequence by replacing in space of Q♣. This is an impure sequence using a printed joker.
  • A♦ PJ A♣ A♥ - PJ has replaced A♠ to form a set of A♦ A♠ A♣ A♥

Printed Joker

Note: If the Printed Joker is randomly selected as the wild joker, then A’s of all suits will become wild jokers. i.e. A♦ A♠ A♣ A♥ automatically become the jokers.

5. What’s Valid Declaration in Rummy

A valid declaration must have 2 sequences, out of which one needs to be pure sequence i.e. sequence without joker and the other can be pure or impure sequence.

Valid Declaration

Example 1: Declaring with Pure Sequences and Sets

  • A♥ K♥ Q♥ J♥| 2♣ 3♣ 4♣ | 5♦ 5♠ 5♥ | K♥ K♦ K♣
  • This is a valid declaration as it meets the objective of the game.
  • All 13 cards are arranged in valid sequences and sets.
  • It has a minimum of two sequences - A♥ K♥ Q♥ J♥ and 2♣ 3♣ 4♣. Both are pure sequences and meet the valid declaration criteria of having at least two sequences, out of which one is a pure sequence and one has four cards.

Example 2: Declaring with Pure and Impure Sets & Sequence Combo K♦ is the Wild Joker

  • A♥ 2♥ 3♥ K♦| 2♣ 3♣ 4♣ | 5♦ 5♠ 5♥ | K♥ K♦ K♣
  • This is a valid declaration.
  • All the 13 cards are arranged in valid sequences and sets.
  • It has a minimum of two sequences - A♥ 2♥ 3♥ K♦ and 2♣ 3♣ 4♣. Here, 2♣ 3♣ 4♣ is a pure sequence and A♥ 2♥ 3♥ K♦ is an impure sequence. The objective of the game is met by having at least two sequences, out of which one is a pure sequence and one has four in a sequence.

Example 3: Declaring with Pure and Impure Sets & Sequence Combo PJ is the Wild Joker - (A♦ A♠ A♣ A♥)

  • PJ 8♥ 9♥ 10♥| 2♣ 3♣ 4♣ | 5♦ A♣ 5♥ | K♥ K♦ K♣
  • This is a valid declaration.
  • All the 13 cards are arranged in valid sequences and sets.
  • It has a minimum of two sequences - PJ 8♥ 9♥ 10♥ and 2♣ 3♣ 4♣. Here, 2♣ 3♣ 4♣ is a pure sequence and PJ 8♥ 9♥ 10♥ is an impure sequence. The objective of the game is met by having at least two sequences, out of which one is a pure sequence and one has four in a sequence using the Printed joker or the Ace Card.
  • The set 5♦ A♣ 5♥ is an impure set using the Ace card which automatically becomes the joker once the printed joker is selected to be the wild card.

6. What’s a Wrong Declaration in Rummy

Example 1: Declaring with an Invalid Set

  • A♥ K♥ Q♥ J♥| 2♣ 3♣ 4♣ 5♣ 6♣ |6♦ 6♥ 6♥ 6♣
  • A set is group of three or four cards of the same face value with different suits.
  • 6♦ 6♥ 6♥ 6♣ is an invalid set since it consists of two cards of the same suit 6♥.

Example 2: Declaring without any Sequence

  • 3♦ 3♠ 3♥ 3♣ | 6♦ 6♠ 6♥ | A♥ A♣ A♦ | 5♦ 5♠ 5♥|
  • There are no sequences here.
  • A valid declaration must contain at least two sequences, out of which one has to be a pure sequence and another has to be a sequence of four.

Example 3: Declaring without Two Sequences

  • K♥ is the Wild Joker
  • A♥ 2♥ 3♥ 4♥ | 5♣ 5♠ 5♥ | 6♦ 6♠ 6♥ | 3♦ 3♠ 3♥ |
  • uThere is just one sequence here.
  • No second sequence is found with or without Joker.
  • A player needs to have at least two sequence to make a valid declaration, one out of which needs to be of at least four cards.

Example 4: Declaring without Pure Sequence

  • K♥ is the Wild Joker
  • A♥ 2♥ K♥ | 2♣ K♥ 4♣ 5♣ 6♣ |6♦ 6♥ 6♥ 6♣
  • There is no pure sequence here.
  • In order to make a valid declaration, there has to be at least one pure sequence (without Joker).
  • There are two impure sequences here using the wild card and no pure sequence.

Example 5: Declaring without a Sequences of Four

  • K♥ is the Wild Joker
  • 8♥ 9♥ 10♥| 2♣ 3♣ 4♣ | 5♦ 5♠ 5♥ |Q♥ Q♦ Q♣ K♥
  • No sequence of four cards can be found here.
  • In order to make a valid declaration, there has to be at least one pure sequence (without Joker) and another sequence (with or without Joker) with at least four cards.
  • K♥ should have been placed with either of the pure sequence to make this a valid declare.

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