Rummy has been around for centuries and hence a great number of variations have cropped up over the years in different parts of the world. Close to home, Rummy is popularly known as Indian Rummy and is played with 13 cards. The main variations in Indian Rummy are described below. Each variation has its different set of rules and gameplay
Strikes Rummy also known as Points Rummy is the fastest rummy variant where players play for points which have a pre decided monetary value. Here, there is a great scope to win lots of real money in a short time. There is only deal in this game and the winner of that deal takes home all the money. The winnings are calculated based on what the other players score and the monetary value of the points themselves.
Pools rummy is possibly the easiest and the most basic version of Indian Rummy, yet most preferred among skilled players. This is a long version of the Rummy game where the player’s objective is to have the least score in each game. There is no fixed number of deals and the players get eliminated once they reach a fixed number of points. It’s usually 101 or 201 points. The game continues until all the players are eliminated and the last one standing is declared the winner. Players have to pay a fixed entry fee to play the game and the prize money is the total entry fee of all the players on the table.
Deals Rummy is an exciting Rummy variant which is played for a fixed number of deals. The player with the least points at the end of all the deals wins the prize money. The usual number of deals played is 2, 3 and 6. The player has to pay a fixed entry fee to play the game and the prize money is the total entry fee.
Rummy tournaments are for people with a little more competitive zing. Tournaments are played on multi table and multiplayer level, where players need to progress to higher stages for winning the prize pool. There are various number of tournaments conducted like cash tournaments, loyalty tournaments, free roll tournaments, promotional tournaments and many more.
Apart from these 4, there is also the 21 card rummy which is played across India. But it is not played competitively as much as the 13 Card versions.