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.

Basic concepts

  • Set: When there is a group of three or four cards with the same rank, i.e., ♥4♠4♦4 or ♥J♠J♦J♣J is called set.
  • Run: When there are three or four cards in sequence of the same suit, is called run. For example. ♥2♥3♥4 or ♣A♣2♣3♣4. As Aces are always low, ♥Q♥K♥A♥2 this can not be the legal move and can’t be wrap around.
  • Meld: As the name itself says, it’s a combination of Set and Run. For example, if you have three Melds, it can be 2 Sets and a Run or vice-versa. Each card should be part of a Set or Run. Common card can not be used, as a part of both. For example, you have ♠6 you can not count it as part of  ♥6♠6♦6 and  ♠5♠6♠7.
  • Stock: A pile of upside-down cards in the middle of the table is a deck. Players draw a card from the deck at every round.
  • Discard pile: Players discard a card in each round, this pile of faced-up cards is called Discard pile.
  • Deadwood: The card in your hand which is not the part of Meld is Deadwood.
  • Knocking: When any player ends up the round by putting the card faced-down of the pile of discarded pile.
  • Gin: When all 10 cards in your hand have made Melds without any Deadwood.
  • Big Gin: The card which you drew becomes the part of your Gin, so you’ll have 11 cards in your hand and all in Melds.
  • Lay off: When your Deadwood card fits in the opponents’ Meld.



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.

  • Note: the player who starts the round must draw the card from the faced up pile or shall pass the turn. If the rest of the players draw the card and then proceeds normally. But if the card gets pass by the rest of the players too, then the first player gets the turn normally.

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.

  • Knock points: Once the all lay-offs are done, then the difference between the Knocker and the Opponent’s Deadwood point is the score of Knocker. For instance, if the Knocker has 5 Deadwood points and the Opponent has 26 Deadwood points, then the Knocker’s score would be 26-5=21 points.
  • Gin Bonus: If the knocker gets Gin, then he score extra 25 points with his existing score.
  • Big Gin Bonus: If Knocker hits Big Gin, then he scores 31 more points with his existing point score.
  • Undercut: If the opponent has less or equal Deadwood points as Knocker, then the Opponents get 25 extra points and the difference of deadwood points too. In such case, Knocker’s score becomes 0. Nonetheless, if the Gin slips to the Knocker then there would not be any undercut, though the opponent has 0 deadwood point.
  • Game bonus: When a player reaches to the score of 100 points, then these points are added to his overall score.
  • Line bonus or box bonus: at the end of the game, 25 points are added to watch hand won by the p[layers as a bonus.
  • Shutout bonus: If the player won all the hand played in the game, then the points will be doubled before adding it to his overall score.


This is it… We have framed these many rules for the game. Hope you enjoy!