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How to Play Easy 7-Card Rummy for Beginners (and Some Variations)

Marianne comes from Scotland and has always loved to play card games with her family and friends.

Easy 7-Card Rummy

This is a very simple version of Rummy I learnt as a child. It is a good version of Rummy to teach to beginners before moving on to more completed versions.

What You Will Need

  • Two or more players (three or more is best as it is more challenging!)
  • A standard pack of 52 playing cards

Dealing the Cards

  • To start a game deal each player 7 cards.
  • Any remaining cards should be placed in the middle as a stack. The first card in the pile should be turned face up.

Aim of the Game

The object of the game is to be the first player to declare "Rummy."

To declare Rummy, you need to match your cards so you have one set of 3 and one set of 4.

A set can be 3 or 4 of a kind, or a run of 3 or 4 cards in the same suit. These sets of cards are called melds. Aces are low.

How to Play

  1. The person to the left of the dealer starts. They can either pick up the card face up, or take the next card from the top of the pile.
  2. Then they must discard one card. If you have picked the face-up card, you must put down a different card.
  3. And then it moves to the next player's turn...
  4. Until someone declares "Rummy" and wins. If you reach the end of the pack of cards in the middle before this happens, simply turn over the pack and keep going. Simple!

A Winning Simple Rummy Hand

A winning hand of 4 of a kind and a run of diamonds.

A winning hand of 4 of a kind and a run of diamonds.

More Variations of Rummy

There are many many more variations of Rummy. Here are a few:

1. Standard Rummy

Rather than keeping all cards in your hand, players put sets of 3 or 4 cards down in the centre of the table. Other players can then add to the face-up cards to make longer runs, or 4 of a kind. The winner is the first person to run out of all their cards.

2. Standard Rummy With Scoring

Play as standard Rummy, but with several rounds. At the end of each round, each player with cards in their hands gets points for them. Numbered cards are worth their face value, and Jack, Queens and Kings are worth 10 points each. Jot the number of points scored in each round for each player, and add them up.

You can either play one of these two variations:

  • The first player to score 201 loses. (Or another number agreed at the beginning)
  • The player with the highest number of points at the end loses (when everyone gets bored of playing)

3. Rummy 500

Rummy 500 is similar, but slightly different. Play in the same way as Standard Rummy making sets of 3s and 4s on the table. When one player runs out of cards in their hands the round ends.

Each player receives points for the sets of cards they have laid on the table. If a player has laid a set of 3 or 4 and it has been added to by another player, the player who laid the initial set of 3 or 4 still receives the points. Numbered cards are worth their face value, and the Jacks, Queens and Kings are worth 10 points.

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Each player then loses points for any cards they still had in their hand.

For example, lets say the round finishes and I have laid down 4 Jacks, and a run of 2,3,4 of Hearts, and somebody had added a 5 of Hearts to it. I would get 54 points for those, 40 for the Jacks and 14 for the run. But I still have a Queen of Hearts and a 2 of Clubs in my hand so I subtract 12 points, scoring a total of 42 for the round.

The ultimate winner is the first person to score over 500 points.

More Variations

There are many more potential ways to vary Rummy. For example, you could shake up the rules above with some of these. You will find some work better than others!

  • Play with 2 sets of cards
  • Change the scoring system, for example make cards in a particular suit worth double the points of other cards
  • Deal 10 cards to each player rather than 7 (use 2 sets of cards if you have more than 3 players)
  • Deal 5 cards to each player rather than 7
  • Make Aces high and low
  • Runs can involve cards of any suits
  • Don't turn over the pack of cards in the middle if it runs out before someone declares Rummy, stop the game, and score the hands of all players.

Questions & Answers

Question: We play a version where you can pick up more than one card from the discard pile, as long as you can lay down a meld with the bottom card. Have you ever heard of this version of 7-card Rummy?

Answer: No, I haven’t, but it sounds good!

Question: Can you take ALL of the cards in the discard pile in a game of 7-card Rummy?

Answer: No, just the last card to be discarded.

Question: Can you trade out the first card turned face up from the draw pile if you want it in Rummy?

Answer: Yes, if it is your turn.

Question: For 7-Card Rummy, can you play a card on either side of the run after that run is laid down?

Answer: Yes

Question: What if a player only has 6 cards while playing 7 Card Rummy?

Answer: They need to pick up another card from the pile in the center.

Question: May I build a run of let's say 7,8,9 hearts if my opponent already put down 3,4,5 hearts?

Answer: Yes, of course.

© 2018 Anna Sherret


Avery kavanaugh on October 30, 2018:

Can anyone call rummy if someone throws down. A discard that. Makes. A rummy on the board on October 03, 2018:

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