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What Do The Rules Of Indian Rummy Actually Mean? - Part 2
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In the earlier part of this article we examined the logic or reasoning behind certain basic rules of Indian rummy . In this part we will be examine the logic behind the advanced rules of the game. This understanding will prepare us to play the game in a better manner, have a deeper appreciation of the thought that has gone into formulating the rules of the game and will also enjoy the whole experience in a better manner.

In the earlier section we addressed the logic behind rules like the ones that govern order of play, logic of the open card, the reasoning behind picking and then discarding a card, the reason for the drop option and the rules for joker. In this segment we will address the rest of the rules:

The melding of two runs before melding a set: The reasoning behind this rule can be attributed to the fact that the melding of runs is definitely more difficult than melding of sets. This rule has been made keeping in mind the beauty of the game of rummy on the whole.

The duality of the usage of Ace in the game: Ace in Indian rummy acts as both the first card as well as the last card, thus giving it a dual role, though not at the same time. The reason for this lies in the fact that the need must have been felt for at least one card that can do this and ace was the logical choice. In fact many a card related proverb has been attributed to the duality of this card.

The system for counting points of cards: Once again this is also a very systematic approach of counting the points. Logic demands that all cards having numbers on them carry points that equal the number printed on them. It is also logical that since Ace plays a dual role it should carry 10 points. The same way face cards also carry 10 points keeping in mind that having them carry more points would spoil the balance of the game

The rule that disallows picking up of a dropped joker: This rule is indeed a way to prevent any rummy player from taking undue advantage of an inadvertent mistake of another. This is especially true in online rummy where dropping of a joker card could also occur due to the loss of an Internet connection and such an occurrence should not be exploited by another.

The penalty for a wrong show: This rule also makes absolute sense since making a wrong show on the part of a player shows a rather lackluster attitude and this should not be encouraged. Taking into consideration this important point, this rule has been put into place.

The exception joker rule: When a printed joker card is picked in a game of rummy, the Ace card is used as joker for that game. This rule has been created to ensure that the players do have enough jokers for the game, as they play an important role. Imagine a game where all players put together have access to just one joker. That would be a disaster, that is why the rule for using Ace has been established.

Summary: Understanding the logic behind the rules of Indian rummy is not just an exercise to satisfy your curiosity but is a way to grasp the deeper logic of rummy. This way you will be able to play the game of rummy in a better and more logical manner.


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