Rummy is a strategy-based card game. The whole game revolves around points. The objective in any rummy game is to meld your cards into valid sets and sequences as soon as possible, without any, or the least deadwood left.
Every card has fixed points which in turn have money value. The objective isn’t to gain most points; it is to have the least points with the cards in your hand, even if you don’t win. This is so because the winner’s rummy points are calculated based on the points of the unmatched cards or deadwood in the opponents’ hands. The more the points with the opponents, the more money the winner makes.
The reward amount is calculated as (Total Points of all losing players X points value) – (Rake + GST). Every rummy game is about these rummy points, and the money lost or made from those.
How are the rummy points the end-goal of every game?
- Every card has a fixed point
Every card is allotted a fixed point. The numerical cards from 2 to 10 have the points the same as their numeric value. The face cards like Jack, Queen and King cards as well as the Ace cards have the highest points – 10 each. The Joker cards, both printed and wildcard, have 0 points. Depending on which cards are left as deadwood cards in the hands of the losing players, the winner gets his reward amount.
- The priority is to have less points
Even if you do not win, your priority is to collect as minimum rummy points as possible, so that the final player to win doesn’t win many chips or money. For this very reason, it is advised to discard the high-value face cards early on in the game. In case you are left with deadwood of face cards, you have more points. This means the winner earns more money. So, even if you don’t win, your priority is to not lose much.
- Different variations, same agenda
Be it Points rummy, Pool rummy or Deals rummy, all of these variations revolve around the same idea of rummy points. Points rummy is the quickest and simplest of them all. The winner is decided in a single round. In the case of deals rummy, a ‘best of two’ or ‘best of 3’ deals are played. The points keep getting added after each round. The winner then gets the money value of all the points collected by the opponents after each round. In the case of Pool rummy, there are two variations as well – 101 Pool rummy and 201 pool rummy. As and when players reach 101 or 201 points, they keep getting eliminated from the game. In the end, only one player remains, who gets all the cash.
So, we notice that no matter the variation, indian rummy is all about rummy points. The game is designed in a way that the strategies are always directed towards collecting as few points as possible. The more points you have in your hand, the more money you lose.