The culture of playing Rummy in India is not a recent feature because it’s been a part of community-bonding festivals like Diwali for many decades. It’s been played as a Diwali card game among family and friends, sometimes with real money. In some places, it is traditional to do so because Diwali is a festival of prosperity and wealth.
With the rising dominance of the internet in the lives of not only youngsters but even older people, online rummy has become much of a rage in the online gaming industry. A game like rummy in any case caters to all age groups, so with the wide accessibility of the internet, people from all ages of life play online rummy all year round. It might also have become a game that reminds people of home and family in the middle of the fast-paced stressful lifestyles we lead these days, sometimes not even being able to go home for festivals.
Three major kinds of online rummy is played in India:
- Points Rummy
In Points Rummy, each game is a single deal and the winner is announced at the end. Each point has some value according to which the points and therefore, the cash prize calculated. The winning player who has managed to finish all cards first and declared gets 0 points while the others are given points according to the number of cards still remaining in their hands.
- Deals Rummy
Deals Rummy also has 13 cards and the basic rules of Rummy like Pure Sequence, Impure Sequence, Set, Face Card Joker, Wild Card Joker, etc. The difference lies in the fact that in Deals Rummy, a particular number of fixed sets of games are played, at the beginning of which each player is given a particular number of chips. The number of chips is determined by the number of players playing and maximum score a player can get.
At the end of each deal, the winner gets the chips of others, according to the number of cards they have left in their hands. At the end of the game, when the number of deals decided upon at the beginning of the game is over, the person with the highest number of chips wins.
- Pool Rummy
In Pool Rummy too, points carry negative value so the goal is to get 0 points. All the players pool in money at the beginning of the game. At the end, the one with 0 points and who has finished their hand and declared first, wins. Others get points according to the number of cards left in their hand. If the points reach 101 or 201 (depending on version), that player is eliminated. This keeps on going till all players are eliminated, except the one with the lowest point and that player is declared the winner.
In India, playing Rummy app is a traditional family-gathering activity. With the rise of the internet and the online part of our lives heavily encroaching our offline selves, it’s no wonder that the culture of online rummy is an important and widespread one in India.