500 Rummy is one of the popular card games which can be played with friends and relatives. It is easy to learn. The atmosphere of the game is considerably casual and relaxed. This should not fool the novices into believing that luck is on his side. It is an engrossing game that involves your mental skills and a considerable command of logic and calculations. It builds up a Strategical method of scoring points and winning money. There are rules and specific designations for the players. The common game play includes scoring perfect matches of cards with respect to their suits, like clubs and diamonds, or ranks in numbers. Face cards viz The King, The Queen and The Jack can also be played for points.
Look Out For Discarded Cards
Beginners and new comers should attend to the seemingly ordinary pile of discarded cards. They are the cards, which the players surrender after melds or layoffs. They are not a part of the stock. They are used as reserve towards the end of the game. The first timers should watch the number of discarded cards. They should also look out for the finalists who will be drawing cards from the discarded pile. They should discard their cards quickly to score a victory. They should try to score a maximum of 500 points. To do so, they should follow some other rules and techniques.
Discarding High Cards
High Cards include face cards and aces. They carry up to 10 points each and are valuable. But if high cards remain till the end, you should discard them. They are detrimental, especially when the opponent has already discarded most of his cards. Here, lying off is difficult as perfect matches cannot be found easily. The best option is to get rid off them and play with the other number cards. They should be aware of a blind discard. This is a common error, wherein the beginner’s discarded cards are used by the opponents. Thus, first timers should not blindly discard valuable cards.
To avoid this error and misfire, always collect high point cards, so as to thwart the strategies of your rival players. Always discard low value cards. These can be used by rivals but they fetch fewer points.
Holding discarded cards is advisable at the time the game commences. You can also collect cards from the existing pile of cards, which have been discarded by other players. Some of these are valuable and high scoring, than other cards in your possession. But, if they do not come handy, discard them as soon as possible.
Face cards can be easily dispensed with. But keep a count of Aces. These fetch 15 points. The Aces should be retained and played decisively for your benefit.
Play your cards properly. The beginners should not worry about collecting points by layoffs and melds. These can be gained, while playing only specific high value cards. The best way to win is to ‘go out’ with a score of 500. This is the prime objective of the game. Even as the rivals have better scores and higher points, 500 points will lead you out to triumph. And You can then say, ‘Rummy’!