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Rummy Points System and Rummy Scoring

The point system in rummy adds an intriguing and distinctive element to the game. In this scoring system, points carry a negative value, and to secure victory, your objective is to reduce your points to zero.

As you embark on your journey into the world of online rummy, it's crucial to grasp the intricacies of rummy scoring. This knowledge will empower you to strategize effectively, make informed decisions, and increase your odds of emerging victorious. This article serves as your comprehensive guide to understanding the details of how point calculation in rummy works.

Rummy Points Calculations of Rummy Cards

To understand the Rummy Points Calculations, you must know the ranking of each card. The cards are ranked as follows:

  • K- 10 points
  • Q- 10 points
  • J- 10 points
  • A - 10 points
  • Jokers- 0 points
  • Number cards are worth their face value, meaning a 6 of every suit will be worth 6 points
  • The Ace (A) is used to form a sequence with low-ranking cards and high ranking cards. Example:- A-2-3 and Q-K-A

Rummy Points Calculation: Sequence, Sets, and Jokers

According to the rummy scoring system, when cards are arranged in sequences or sets, their value becomes zero. The objective of the game is to arrange all 13 cards in sequences, or sequences and sets, to bring your score to zero.

Rummy Points System for Sequences

In rummy, there are two types of sequences: pure sequences and impure sequences. You cannot win an Indian rummy game without a pure sequence. To make a valid declaration and win the game, you need at least two sequences, out of which at least one should be a pure sequence.

Pure Sequence Impure Sequence
A pure sequence is a group of three or more consecutive cards of the same suit. An impure sequence is a group of three or more consecutive cards of the same suit where any card is replaced by either a printed joker (PJ) or a wild joker.
Example: A♠, 2♠ and 3♠ can be grouped together to form the pure sequence (A♠-2♠-3♠). Example: Let’s say you have 2♦, 3♦ and PJ. When you group them together, it becomes an impure sequence (2♦-3♦-PJ).
The sequence can also include a wild joker (WJ) if it belongs to the same suit and is used in its original value. A pure sequence is worth zero points in rummy. An impure sequence is also worth zero points according to the rummy scoring system. You can also use wild jokers to form impure sequences.

Rummy Points System for Sets

A set is a combination of three or more cards of the same rank but different suits. All sets are the same in rummy, and you can use both printed jokers and wild jokers to form a set. For example, 6-6♠-6♣ is a set. However, if you add a PJ or a WJ in place of one of the cards to complete the set, (for example, 6-6♠-PJ or 6-6♠-WJ), it is still a set. A set is also worth zero points in a rummy game.

Rummy Points System for Joker

Jokers play an important role in rummy. Since these cards are worth zero rummy points, you don’t have to worry about additional points when you get them. A joker is used to complete sets and form impure sequences. Jokers help you reduce your score and maximize your chances of winning.

Both the printed joker and the wild joker are very useful and must be used smartly. According to the Indian rummy points system, when a joker is used to complete a set or sequence, the value of that card group (set or sequence) becomes zero. If you already have a set of three cards, you can still add one or more jokers to the group. It helps keep your score low and you can also use additional jokers elsewhere in the next few turns.

Rummy Points Calculation For Winner and Loser

In rummy, points are calculated to determine the winner. A player can only win when they have made a valid declaration and scored zero.

For a losing player, the points of the unmelded/ungrouped cards in his/her hand are added up. In a cash rummy game, points are added up to calculate the winning amount as well.

Rummy Points Calculation for Winner

A player has formed the following arrangement:-

Two Pure Sequences: 5♣-6♣-7♣, J-Q -K -A

Two Sets: 7-7♠-7, 6 -6 ♣-PJ.

This is a valid declaration, and the points of this player will be zero if he/she declares first.

Rummy Points Calculation for Loser

Now, let’s look at the second player. Below is the formation made by the player who lost the game:-

One Pure Sequence: 5♣-6♣-7♣

One Impure Sequence 4-5--10♠ {WJ}

Set 3♠-3-PJ.

The value of these combinations is zero. However, there are 4 more cards that remain ungrouped. Thus, the rummy scoring will be done on the basis of the four ungrouped cards. In this specific case, the ungrouped cards are K , Q, A♣, and 2♣.

Here K , Q and A♣ are worth 10 points each, and 2♣ is worth 2 points. The penalty calculation will be as follows:

10 (K ) + 10 (Q) + 10 (A♣) + 2 (2♣) = 32 points.

Rummy Points System & Rummy Point Rules for Points, Pool, and Deals Rummy

According to the rummy scoring system, points are calculated based on the ungrouped cards of the losing player. Here is how the point calculation works in points, pools, and deals rummy.

Points Rummy Scoring System

In points rummy, each point has a monetary value in a cash game. This value is decided before starting the game. The winner gets the amount their opponent loses/opponents lose at the table. A small fee is deducted from the winnings.

In order to become a winner, the player has to make a valid declaration before other players use the 13 cards dealt at the beginning of the game. The amount their opponent loses/opponents lose at the table. A small fee is deducted from the winnings.

On the other hand, the loser is based on 3 different cases: in case the player did not make two compulsory sequences and attempts to make a declaration, next, if the player has not grouped cards in valid sets and sequences, and finally, if they make a declaration without fulfilling the rules and objective of the rummy game.

The amount is calculated as follows:

Winnings = Sum of the points of all losing players X Value of each point in rupees — Fee

Pool Rummy Scoring System

There are two types of pool rummy, 101 pool rummy, and 201 pool rummy. Each of them has its own rules to decide which player will get eliminated. In 101 pool rummy, whichever player reaches 101 points first gets eliminated, and similarly, in 201 pool rummy, whichever player reaches 201 points first gets eliminated. In both variants, the last standing player wins the game.

The winnings in a pool rummy game are calculated as follows:

Winnings = (Entry fee X Number of players) — fee

Deals Rummy Scoring System

In deals rummy, the winner gets chips that are equal to the points lost by losing players.
On the other hand, the losing player’s points are calculated by adding all the points of cards that were either not grouped or not formed as per the objective and rules of the rummy game.

The winnings in a deals rummy game are calculated as follows:

Winnings = (Entry fee × Number of players) – fee

Rummy Points and Scoring FAQs

How are points calculated in rummy?

In a standard rummy game, points are assigned a value to each card. All number cards carry points equal to their face value, while all face cards (King, Queen, Jack) and Aces are worth 10 points each. The objective is to form valid sets and sequences, and at the end of the game, the player with zero points wins the game.

How many points is a rummy 500?

In Rummy 500, the game is played to 500 points. Players score points for cards they meld and lose points for cards left in their hand at the end of each round. The player who first reaches 500 points wins the game.

How are scores calculated in Points Rummy?

In Points Rummy, points have a monetary value that is decided before the game starts. The winner gets zero points, and the losing players get penalty points based on their cards.