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A fast paced game also known as Gin, Knock Poker, Gin Poker, Poker Gin that is a 2 player game and is considered one of the most popular of the rummy series. Gin Rummy game play is very easy to learn and anyone can play. Some form of Gin Rummy is played almost everywhere in the world. The game became widespread in the U.S. in the 1930s, in part because it was an inexpensive form of family entertainment during the depression and it was the game most played by the stars and celebrities in Hollywood and on Broadway.

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The object of the game is to score the least points. The goal of each hand is to assemble a hand where as many cards as possible can be combined into sets or runs, and the point value of the remaining cards is as low as possible.

A set consists of 3 or more cards of the same value, such as the 4 of hearts, 4 of clubs, and the 4 of spades. A run is 3 or more cards of the same suit, in consective order, such as the 6 of clubs, 7 of clubs, and 8 of clubs. A card can only belong to one set or run for example, if a hand has the 2 of hearts, 3 of hearts, the 4 of hearts, and the 4 of clubs and the 4 of diamonds, the 4 of hearts cannot be used for both the set and the run.

  • Laying-off - adding a card or cards from your hand to a meld already on the table. For example, adding the 4 of diamonds to the first example above or adding the 5 and/or 9 and 10 of clubs to the second example. Again the cards each player plays are laid on the table, face up, in front of them.
  • Discarding - laying a card on the discard pile face up to end each players turn.
  • The ace is always low as in the run of the ace of hearts, 2 of hearts, and the 3 of hearts, but the ace of hearts cannot be played in a run with the king of hearts and queen of hearts.


At the beginning of the game the dealer is randomly selected and during the game the deal goes to the player that lost the proceeding hand.

Rummy uses a standard 52 card deck for 2 players. Ten cards are dealt to each player. The remaining cards are placed face down on the table to form the draw from pile (DFP). The top card of the DFP is placed, face up, right next to the draw from pile to start the discard pile (DP).

The player that did not deal, plays first, then the play alternates between the two players.

Game Play:

  • The first player, either draws one card from the draw from pile, without showing it to the other player, or picks up the card in the discard pile. If they pick up the card that is in the discard pile they cannot discard it until their next turn, but the card drawn from the draw from pile can be discarded in the same turn.
  • Play continues clockwise around the table.
  • The first player to discard their last card wins the hand, known as going out, and play stops. All other players score for the cards remaining in their hands. (This is rummy not Gin Rummy)
  • When there are no cards available in the DFP and the player whose turn it is does not wish to pick up the top card on the discard pile then the discard pile is shuffled and placed face down in the center of the table. This becomes the new draw from pile and the top card is laid face up next to the new DFP and this is the new discard pile. Play continues just like before starting with the player whose turn it was when creating a new draw from pile became necessary. (This is rummy not Gin Rummy)
  • Recycling the discard pile into a new draw from pile will take place one more time, if no player is able to go out. After the second reshuffle of the discard the hand ends. (This is rummy not Gin Rummy)
  • All of the players have the opportunity to pick up the top card of the last discard pile and meld. If they cannot meld they simply pass. Once all four players have passed the game is considered blocked. (This is crazy eights not Gin Rummy)
  • Play stops and everyone adds the score for the cards remaining in their hands. The winner of the hand is the one with the least points. The points of the losing hands are added together and the points from the winners hand are deducted to calculate the score of the winner for the hand. (This is not Gin Rummy)


  • Face cards = 10 points
  • Aces = 1 point and can be melded as 3 aces, ace,2,3 and queen, king, ace (This is not true)
  • All other cards are scored at face value (for example a 5 = 5 points, a 9 = 9 points, and so on)
  • A player who goes out, without melding or laying off any cards in previous turns receives a bonus of 10 points. (This is not true)


  • The total value of all the cards in the hands of the non-winning players is added to the winner of each hands score.
  • The game continues until a player reaches 100 points.

Other Rules:

  • All players may meld and lay-off at any time during their turn (This is not true)
  • Aces play as high or low (This is not true)
  • A discard is not required to go out

Modified on 10/26/16 from Wikipedia

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