Are you skilled or plain lucky in Classic Rummy?

You think that your well-practised skills in the game of Classic Rummy are rusting and you are so itching to implement those on comparable contenders? But then your dear friend calls it off as a mere “dash of luck” that helped you win your previous Indian rummy games. The debate continues in circles of card games- is it pure luck or is there some logic and thinking that goes into this game of cards?


The level of 13 cards rummy play depends on whether it is just a recreational game with family and friends, not much thinking may go into the same. Of course the objective here is to have a gala time and a good laugh! Yet, ask the hard-core contestants and you shall get a different story. An eye for details, a constant state of alert and evaluating possibilities come to the mind as the key skills required to succeed at it.

A game of chance?
Like all Card games, chance prevails to some extent to determine the winner in Classic Rummy.

Shuffle of cards, a play of chance:
The shuffling done at the start creates a state of uncertainty, not predictable even by the aces. Truly, you cannot take a wild guess at what could show up next from the stack, leaving it in the hands of “fate” or “destiny”!

A close watch, your winning part:
Closely tracking the cards that have been discarded and developing an understanding of how to estimate your opponent’s moves beforehand can determine the distinction between win and loss.

Discard those right, see a winning light:
Generally high value cards lead to upping the penalty and low value cards may act as “blockers” disrupting the formation of “melds”. Middle value cards act as connectors, hence aim at discarding the low and high value cards so that you can accelerate your discarding towards the end. This technique can be developed through patience and practice.

Balance the pass, Discard and Draw:
Too frequent discarding of the high value cards may however lead them being picked up by opponents and being used for their advantage. A fine balance that comes with practice, practice and more practice shall help you succeed in this game.

Probability strikes, for a future bright:
Now here’s the chance to apply all that mathematics and probability you learnt in real-life. Track the cards gone by and left. A game of chance, which can be estimated through keen math acumen and observation – interesting right? A great memory goes a long way in arriving at this estimation.

It is now a widely acclaimed fact that the Indian rummy game involves a good mix of luck and skill. Else how would years of practice enhance the winning capability of players? While the doling out of cards kicks off the “luck” factor, what a person does with the cards received – the strategy, dedication and willingness to win determine the outcome Winner or loser – this rummy card game definitely calls for a host of skills which maybe non-players discard as a sheer stroke of luck and charm!


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