Quite popular as 500 rum, 500 rummy variant also goes by several names: Pinochle Rummy, Michigan Rummy, Persian Rummy are common names for this game. Often played amongst 2 to 8 players, this game is best experienced when there are 3 to 5 players.
It is said that this variant gave rise to the game of Canasta and several other rummy versions. The details of the game go like this:
The standard 52-card pack used in most rummy games. The card ranking goes thus:
Ace (high or low), K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, A.
The objective is to be the first player to:
Obtain 500 points in total.
It is quite similar to regular rummy with no major differences. But its better to be conversant with the slight differences to ensure a win.
Each player gets seven cards except when there are two players who will receive 13 cards each. The undealt cards are piled as the stock as usual. The top card is used face up to start the discard pile.
Face cards count as 10 as does the 10 card. A-9 are 5 points, unless the Ace is used high, when it is 15. Jokers count as 15 points.
Starting from the dealer’s left, each player draws from the stock pile or the discard pile.
There are a few rules though when drawing from a discard pile:
The remaining cards may either be melded during that turn, or added to the player’s hand.
Coming to laying down the melds, each player after drawing but before discarding, may lay down any matched set or may lay off any card that matches a set already on the table.
As for discards, each player’s turn ends when they place a card down on the discard pile. All melds must be completed before this is done. After the discard, play moves on to the next player.
After each round, scores are calculated and the rounds continue till a player wins 500 points.
The first rummy player to touch a 500 plus mark is declared the winner. This player gets the difference between the final scores from each opponent.
In case of a tie, on the same hand, the one who scores highest is the winner.
There are some additional rules such as 30 points rule, Boathouse rule, Stock pile re-fill rule etc. Players need to double-check if any of these rules apply to the game before they enter.
That’s the exhaustive explanation on playing 500 rummy. Do explore and figure out how to ace it with this info! For tips on how to play rummy and its variations, keep reading GutshotMagazine.com.