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One of the variations of the Rummy game, the game of Queen Rummy can be played by two or more number of players. Similar to Gin Rummy, the object of the game is to score more points than other players. The basic objective is to form melds and eliminate cards that cannot be melded into a sequence or set. Two different types of melds are allowed, as in other Rummy games, sets of three or four cards of the same rank, or runs of three or more cards in sequence of the same suit. Any of the cards that cannot be included into any meld are called deadwood cards, and at the end of the game these cards are counted according to the card values. Players with maximum deadwood card scores lags behind the others when playing several hands. Melds should not have a common card, that is, they should not intersect with each other. If one card is required for a book, then that card cannot feature in a run.

The dealer is the player who cuts the lowest card. The dealer has to deal 10 cards to the opponent. The 21st card is called the up card, and is placed face up on the discard pile, and the remaining cards are placed face down, which become the stock pile. The non dealing players can take the up card to form their melds, if anyone does not, the option passes on the dealer. If no one wants the up card, stock pile is used by taking the top most card from it. Players have to form sets of same ranking cards, or runs. This they can do by drawing one card from the stock pile, and discarding one card on the discard pile. A player knocks out; the cards at hand have been incorporated in melds and should be displayed.

A player may not knock out unless 10 or fewer points of deadwood are at hand. This is usually the rule for standard Gin Rummy rules. In order to knock, the player needs to discard all the cards, all being melded. If the knocking player has a meld of three kings and any other player has a king as a deadwood card, that player can ‘lay off’ that card reducing the deadwood count at hand. The points that are given as bonuses depend on the variation of Rummy being played. There are basically different points, such as the Knock points, gin bonus, under cut, game bonus, line bonus, big gin, and shut out bonus. Apart from Queen Rummy, dozens of Rummy variations exist, with slightly different rules. An enjoyable game for two or more players, Rummy games do not only depend on luck but also on strategic collection of cards and planned discards. Other variations include Oklahoma Gin, Hollywood Gin, Single match, Multi match, etc. Canasta, Tonk, Ramino like games have also many similarities to Rummy styled games. Queen Rummy is one of the most popular variations played around the world.
May 13, 2008, 7:04 pm

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