Playing Rummy Online
Recognizing the popularity of rummy, several online casinos have begun offering it for real money.
When you play rummy at an online casino, the RNG acts as another player. This means you’ll be playing against a piece of software which understands the rules of rummy.
I looked around and couldn’t find any casinos offering live dealer rummy. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes a thing in the future. Rummy is massively popular in India and other Asian countries, and players from that part of the world are coming online fast, so I would expect to see live dealer rummy games soon enough.
There are also free rummy apps which allow you to play against other players for fun. I’ve seen these on Facebook and in the Google Play Store. These could be a great way to practice online rummy before you play for real money.
Keep in mind, there are pros and cons to playing rummy online. The benefits are that you’ll always have an opponent to play against, games are relatively cheap to enter (£0.50 per hand minimums), and that you can play as you please.
The obvious downside is that you’re playing against software, and most players will agree that software programmed specifically to play Rummy is probably better at it than they are.
As Rummy has spread across the world, a few popular variants have gained traction. I’ll explain the differences between them here:
This variant follows the same rules as classic rummy, except that each player starts with 13 cards. Indians are mad about rummy. It’s probably the most popular card game on the subcontinent.
This variant has its roots in the United States and was originally an offshoot of Whiskey Poker. It’s played between two players with 10 cards each from one deck of cards. If you play Gin Rummy online, remember that aces can only serve as ones in this variant
Up to eight players can play this rummy variant. You’ll use two decks and get seven cards each, to begin with. If there are only two players, you’ll get 13 cards each. In Rummy 500, you lay down your “melds” or sequences as you make them, meaning other players can see your progress. You can even add new cards to sequences you have already laid down.
As you lay down your melds, count your points. When someone wins, the total of all of his cards are added together and added to the total of the player who laid down their meld. The ultimate winner is the first to score 500 points.
As you can see, Rummy 500 is a little more complex and will require some higher-level rummy strategy to win. If you’re new to rummy, start with one of the other variants until you have mastered it, then graduate to Rum 500 (the short-hand name for this game).
Five Solid Rummy Tips
Much like poker, rummy is a game of skill. You can practice it, get better at it, and eventually master it. I’ve written this guide for rummy beginners, so I’m going to offer tips for beginners, too. These will help you learn faster and avoid some of the common mistakes which rummy newbies make.
- Try Free Rummy – Start with a free rummy app or perhaps a Facebook game. This game genuinely takes time to learn and master. Play at least a few dozen games for free before you think about playing for real money. You’ll know when you’re ready.
- Manage Your Bankroll – This is a tip which can apply to all casino games. Don’t get carried away when you’re winning, and don’t start chasing losses by making bigger bets. When you can’t control anything else, you can still control your bankroll. Good advice is to never risk more than 1% of your bankroll per game of rummy.
- Start Small for Real Money – When you do decide to play rummy for real money, start at the low stakes tables. Why? Because advanced players aren’t interested in raiding you for £0.10 per game. You’ll find them at the higher stakes tables. You’ll want to start small because, as any experienced player of any card game will tell you, the psychology of the game changes when you’re playing for real money.
- Pay Attention to Others – Once you’re comfortable with the rules and basics of rummy, start trying to focus on what other players are discarding. As you become more advanced, you’ll start to get a feeling for what they likely have or don’t have based on what they discard and pick up from the discard pile. Remember, if they took a card from the discard pile instead of the stock, that was a conscious choice. Likewise, be aware that other players are watching you for clues.
- Discard Higher Cards – Obviously, you don’t want to discard high cards which will help you make a meld, but if you’re struggling, discarding high cards can help you survive when the points are totaled up if another player shows before you. If things aren’t looking good when you’ve been playing for a while, start getting rid of cards worth more points.