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Cash Games - Gin Rummy

Gin Rummy is a simple and very popular card game that was created at the beginning of the twentieth century. It is now available to play online for free and for cash prizes at RummyRoyal.

Gin Rummy is played between two and four players using a standard fifty two card deck of playing cards. Aces count only as low.

The object of the game is to be the first player to dispose of all the cards in your hand. To do this each player is dealt ten cards. The next card is dealt face up in a central location known as the discard pile. The remainder of the pack, placed face down next to the discard pile, is called the stock pile. To play the game you form melds and eliminate deadwood by picking up and discarding cards from the ten cards in your hand. Melds are sets of three or four cards of the same rank, e.g. five of clubs, five of spades and five of hearts or runs of three or more suited cards in sequence, e.g. 6 of spades, seven of spades, eight of spades and nine of spades. Deadwood cards are cards that are not in any meld. Cards cannot be used in more than one meld.

The deadwood count is the sum of the point value of the deadwood cards with aces counting as one, face cards as ten and all the other cards according to their numerical values.

On each turn a player must draw either the top card of the discard pile, which is face up, or the top card from the stock pile, which is face down, then discard one card from their hand onto the discard pile. However, on the first turn the first player to play has only the option of taking the up card from the discard pile. If the player does not want the card the next player is given the opportunity of taking the discard pile card, if they do not want it they must take a card from the stock pile. Players take turns until one player ends the game by satisfying certain conditions and choosing to knock. The conditions depend on the game variations.

In standard Gin Rummy a player can only knock if he has ten or fewer points of deadwood and must knock if he has zero points. The turn ends with the player throwing a card to the knock area. Knocking with zero points of deadwood is known as "going gin" or having "a gin hand" while knocking with deadwood points is known as going down. When a player knocks the other player is entitled to lay off any of his deadwood cards that fit into the knocking player's melds, provided that the knocking player does not have a gin hand.





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