Gin Rummy is one of the Rummy family games. There are many variations available for the many games, so as for this too. This might be a little different at some points from the one which you would be playing. Beneath, we’ll explain the rules we have used in this game. We start with the basic concepts, we will move towards how to play and at last scoring.
The main objective of the Gin Rummy is to collect cards to fit into your Melds, and to have the least Deadwood cards at the end of the game. The scoring will be done on the bases of how many Deadwood cards you have in total at the end of each game. A game can contain few rounds, until the player scores 100 points. After that the all the points will be calculated with bonuses and the player with the highest score will be declared as Winner.
Once each player gets 10 cards, the remaining deck is placed in the center of the table with faced down. The top card is flipped and kept beside the deck to start the discard pile.
A player starts the round by drawing a card from the deck or can take the card from the discard pile. If you find the top card of the discard pile can help you to create Melds with the cards in your hand, then you can start by drawing that card.
If the player makes the card a part of his Melds, then he must put a card faced up on top of the Discard pile. Whether you draw the card from the Deck or from the Discard pile, you must put either of the card down you can put from the cards in your hand or the one which you drew.
The Players continue the game by drawing and discarding the cards, while building their Melds of Sets and Runs in their hand. The round ends when the Knocker knocks by putting his discard card upside down on the Discard pile. The Knocker shows his Melds and Deadwood by putting them face-up on the table to the rest of the players.
If any of the opponent’s Deadwood cards fits into the Melds of Knocker, then he is allowed to do that. Suppose, The knocker has a Meld, ♦7♦8♦9 and the Opponent has ♦6 as a part of his Deadwood, then he can add this card to the meld of Knocker, and it’s not a Deadwood anymore. Attention! The opponent is not allowed to lay off any of his any of the cards if the Knocker has Gin or Big Gin without any Deadwood.
There are some rules to Knock, which varies with different versions. We will discuss the rules for this version as follows:
You can only knock if you have at max 10 or less than 10 points of deadwood (Face cards are counted as 10 and Ace as 1 and rest of the cards are counted as per numeric value). The card with which you Knock down, putting face-down on the Discard pile, is not counted with the number. So if you draw the card, now you have 5 7 2 as Deadwood cards, then you want to Knock by putting the 5 faced-down. Your Deadwood points will be 7+2=9.
When you Knock with no Deadwood means, all 10 cards are part of Melds in your hand, that is called going Gin. If you have all 11 cards in your hand as part of your Melds, then you have to Knock by saying Big Gin and the game ends without any discarding card face-down.
If only two cards remain in the Deck, then also the game ends. In that case, neither of the player gets any point as it declares as a tie
The actual scoring is based upon your deadwood cards and the bonuses you make. Melds are not count for anything, rather they just help to minimize your deadwood.
This is it… We have framed these many rules for the game. Hope you enjoy!