Rummy is an ensemble group of game comparable to bridge or hearts, also famous for same matching cards of the same suit or rank and same rank. The aim in any form of rummy is to construct runs or alliances that will eventually meld together to create mahjinks that are either criminal sets or alliances. In the game of rummy there are four suits, which consist of spades, clubs, diamonds and hearts. These are arranged in the shape of a checkerboard and there are always three opposing players to engage in game play.
When you engage in rummy, you must avoid committing illegal moves which in turn might subject you to penalties like getting double-dashed (when your move results in a legal move but an illegal outcome), being declared the victim or even getting invalid moves. Illegal moves are mostly related to improper usage of cards i.e. when you have more cards in your hand than your opponent’s and you wish to take one more card than your opponents this is considered an illegal move and automatically gets you a penalty. Likewise, the player who is tagged as the victim is usually penalized for making illegal moves.
One other rule regarding rummy is that you can only use five cards of any single suit. This means that if you wish to play with two high cards (high card in rums) you cannot do so. Likewise if you wish to play with two low cards (low cards in rums) you can’t do that either. Similarly, the cards that are used in the spread should also be of same suit and the cards in the middle slot should not be of any suit.
There are certain fundamentals that are applicable to all types of rummy. The first basic rule is that you are allowed to bring in a wild card that is neither a Queen or a King. Also the most basic rule that applies to all types of rummy is that you may not use more cards than the number of players. Each player has five cards and you may only use four of them. There is a rummy rule for beginners, which is that the Wild cards have to be face up.
The second basic rule of rummy is that there is no joker in the deck. There is no joker in the pack except the Wild cards and there are many different suits such as the spades, clubs, diamonds, hearts and crowns etc. So there is no need of jokers in the deck.
A lot of different ways can be explained as to why the jokers are in the deck. But in real life they are not needed as the cards are random in nature and it does not require them. The reason why they are included in the rummy game is as to add some spice in the game. There are many people who claim that it makes things more exciting as when you are playing you do not know whether you are playing with a regular deck or a royal or a wild card. It all depends on how you are feeling and what you’re thinking.