Being simple is difficult. Gin-rummy is one of the easiest games and it is also one of the most popular entertainments. It has withstood the passage of time. People hold the misconception that Gin Rummy belongs to the era prior to computer games, Playstation, X-Box and multi-player gaming. It was created more than a century ago but remains to be a highly exciting game. Nothing else than a game of rummy gin can lift your spirits on a lonely beach or at a remote hill station. It is also associated with one of the other aristocratic indulgences- drinking gin and sherry.
The methods of Gin Rummy are quite basic. They include many of original rummy’s rules of laying and melding cards, their suits and ranks. The process engages you into forming appropriate pairs or sequences of cards. It sounds extremely elementary and simplistic but it is also absolutely engrossing. Gin Rummy involves your wits and brains into some serious action. Many novices overlook the real tricks and tips and fail to score points. The thing about this game is not to obey the rules. It is to beat the odds and take home The Prize.
Firstly, the player, be it rookie or professional, should always understand the game properly. In today’s world of information, you can obtain every piece of information at a click of the mouse. The advantage is that, information finds its way from every nook and cranny of the globe and lands in websites and interactive encyclopedias. The unfortunate thing about this is that, certain portals give you a raw deal and only urge you to ‘concentrate; concentrate’.
Knowing the set paradigm of rules is well enough. The game can be played between 2 players or even more. There are 52 cards in each game and they include Ace, King, Queen, Jack and cards with numbers 2 to 9. The face cards are the cards namely King, Queen, Jack. These are the most valuable cards, each fetching player 10 points. Surprisingly, in this variant of Rummy, The Ace is worth of only one point, whereas in 500 Rummy, the Ace has a value of 15 points.
The Progress of the Game
Besides the 20 cards given to the two opponents, an extra 21st card is kept face-up as a discarded card. The players will draw cards from the given pile as well as the remainder. They have to form eligible combinations of cards, with respect to suit and rank. For instance, a set of three cards must have the same suit of diamonds or the same rank of number 4. The ineligible card should be discarded. Later, the discarded pile can be used as a stock for finishing the game. You should draw and discard cards to score points. It is here, that your wits will be tested as you pit yourself against the rival player
The End of the Game
The game is usually declared finished, when the players run out of stock of cards. Ideally, the player has to score 100 points to ensure a smooth win. This can happen, even as the player manages to form pairs and groups in a single turn. He can show his sets to the opponent and come out of the game. Another way to win the game is to discard the high value cards. If your pile of discarded cards sums up to 10 points, you can exit the game.