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Basics

  • Establishing What the Knock Amount Is

    One of the ways you win at Gin Rummy is to knock before your opponent does. The question then becomes, how do you know the amount of points you have ...

  • Glossary of Gin Rummy Terms

    Add-on – A card knowingly and deliberately discarded to an opponent who needs it to add to an existing meld. The term Add-on is also used in poker which means ...

  • Play Gin Rummy Online

    If you want to try and play Gin Rummy online then Rummy Royal is the place to do it.

    Rummy Royal gives you an opportunity to try out your skills in ...

  • Playing Partnership Gin

    Gin Rummy may be played by two or more people, but never more than eight. If you have more than 8 people it is suggested that you open up another ...

  • Playing the Game

    The play of Gin Rummy consists of two parts; the draw and the discard. The draw is made by either taking the up card or the top card on the ...

  • Requirements for Gin Rummy Play

    The standard rules of Gin Rummy are rather strict when it comes to tournament or competitive play. Included below are the very basic rules and what is required to play ...

  • The Art of the Deal

    The deal is an essential part of the Gin Rummy game. It is something that people commonly do wrong, but yet it is one of the most simple parts of ...

  • The Background of Gin Rummy

    Gin Rummy has become one of the most widely played card games in the country just in the past 30 years. As many as 50 million people play Gin, whether ...

  • The Object of the Game

    The object of the game of Gin Rummy is quite simple when you break it down. It is to reduce your hand to a minimum number of points before your ...

  • The Rules of the Knock

    When a player knocks in the game of Gin Rummy it means that he has reduced his hand to the maximum points allowed by what the value of the knock ...

  • The Tied Hand

    A tied hand is not that common in gin rummy, but when it does happen you need to know how and why you proceed the way you do. On occasion, ...

  • The Underknock

    The underknock is the most commonly overlooked part of Gin Rummy, but it is as important as the knock itself. When your opponent knocks, the card value is counted. Once ...

 

Partnership Play

  • Captain Play

    Captain play is a term used to describe a gin rummy game whenever there are an odd number of players such as three, five, or seven. When there are three ...

  • Disputes During Partnership Play

    During the course of a game in partnership play, the vast majority of disputes are caused by a player’s request for a count from a losing opponent and the opponent’s ...

  • Hold Your Play

    One of the basic principles of partnership play is that the play of the partners is more or less simultaneous. This simply means that the team that has lost the ...

  • Partnership Play

    In today’s games of Gin Rummy, almost 80% of all games played are played in the partnership form of either four or six players. Gin has become much more interesting ...

  • Partnership Play – The Value of Bonus Boxes

    If there is anything that is extremely imperative in the game of gin rummy, it is to realize the value of bonus boxes, which can often exceed the point value ...

  • Protecting Your Partners Winning Score

    In partnership play, the major requirement to play an expert game of partner’s gin rummy is to protect your partner’s winning score, if possible, even at the cost of your ...

  • Selection of Partners

    There are many instances where an expert head to head gin rummy player would be considered a poor partner when playing partnership gin. He may be extremely capable in remembering ...

  • The Count in Partnership Play

    The most important decision you will be faced with in the play of your hand is at the time that your partner’s hand is resolved. If your partner has won ...

  • The Game Winning Safe Count

    There is yet another safe count that you must give important consideration to when it comes to partnership play, and that is the game winning safe count.

    For example, playing in ...

  • The Importance of Holding Your Play

    Now that we know when and why you should call “hold your play” to your partner or opponent, we should look at the importance of this play.

    Suppose you are in ...

  • The Importance of Waiting for a Count

    The importance of waiting for a count during the course of a game, especially during important hands, is worth more than having additional picks in a game. In fact, a ...

  • The Throw-In Count

    In partnership play, there is an additional factor involving the third or last game in a set, known as the throw-in count. If a team has, through one or two ...

  • Wait For the Count

    Along the same lines of “hold your play”, the phrase “wait for the count” is equally as important. In partnership games where only the combined scores are the effective scores, ...

Player Types

  • Becoming an Expert Player

    Every player over a certain period of time develops his or her own style of play when playing Gin Rummy. The question then becomes is if that style of play ...

  • Comparing a Beginner Player, a Good Player, and an Expert Player

    When you are playing the game of gin rummy, it is relatively easy to recognize who is a beginner player, a good player, and an expert player. Can you recognize ...

  • Knowing Your Opponent

    Every gin rummy player, including yourself, has a certain type of pattern, and a favorite type of play that he generally follows. For the person who is trying to move ...

  • Other Patterns of Play

    In addition to the aggressive player and the defensive player, there are other types of players, more often known as the average players. These are the players that over time ...

  • Rhythm of Play

    The average gin player has a very specific rhythm when playing his hand, although they may not notice that they have one. If it is not obvious to them, then ...

  • The Aggressive Player

    In the previous article we discussed the extreme aggressive player, but rather than just learn the basic extreme definition it is important to learn how an aggressive player might generally ...

  • The Defensive Player

    A person who is considered to be a defensive player is often the easiest player to beat. That is because, although the defensive player will always minimize his losses when ...

  • The Temperament of Gin Rummy Players

    Temperament in gin rummy is a very important aspect of the game. Many players do not have the temperament to handle the competition of a “big” game. They may become ...

 

Typical Hands

  • Complete Example Hand #1

    Player A – 9♠, 9♦, 9♣, Q♣, J♦, 10s♠, 8♣, 7♦, 2♣, A♣, A♥
    Player B – K♣, K♦, K♠, Q♠, J♣, 5♣, 5♦, 4♠, 3♦, 3♥

    Conditions: The knock card ...

  • Complete Example Hand #2

    Player A – 4♣, 3♣, 2♣, J♦, 10♦, 9♣, 8♥, 8♠, 6♣, 4♥, 3♥
    Player B – K♣, K♥, K♠, 9♠, 7♠, 7♥, 5♠, 5♦, 2♦, A♦

    Conditions – First hand ...

  • Complete Hand Example #10

    Player A – K♠, 10♦, 8♠, 6♠, 6♣, 5♥, 4♥, 3♠, 3♦, 2♣, A♦
    Player B – 7♦, 6♦, 5♦, 4♦, 10♥, 9♣, 9♠, 7♠, 5♠, A♠

    Conditions: the knock card ...

  • Complete Hand Example #11

    Player A – K♣, Q♣, J♣, K♠, 10♥, 9♣, 6♦, 5♥, 3♥, 3♠, 2♦
    Player B – 6♣, 5♣, 4♣, 10♠, 9♦, 8♦, 8♠, 7♠, 2♣, A♦

    Conditions: Knock card is ...

  • Complete Hand Example #12

    Player A – 8♠, 8♦, 8♣, 10♦, 9♣, 6♥, 6♣, 4♣, 3♣, 3♥, A♦
    Player B – K♣, Q♣, J♣, 10♣, 10♠, 7♦, 3♦, 3♠, 2♠, A♣

    Conditions: This hand is ...

  • Complete Hand Example #13

    Player A – K♦, K♠, Q♥, 9♠, 9♥, 7♣, 6♥, 4♠, 4♣, 3♣, A♠
    Player B – 10♦, 10♠, 10♥, 10♣, Q♦, J♠, 7♦, 2♦, A♣, A♥

    Conditions: Two games are ...

  • Complete Hand Example #14

    Player A – 10♥, 10♣, 10♦, 8♣, 7♣, 6♣, K♥, Q♣, 9♦, 8♠, A♠
    Player B – 4♠, 3♠, 2♠, Q♦, Q♥, 9♥, 7♦, 6♥, 5♥, 3♦

    Conditions: This hand is ...

  • Complete Hand Example #15

    Player A – K♣, K♥, Q♠, J♠, 9♥, 8♦, 7♣, 7♥, 2♠, 2♦, A♣
    Player B – Q♥, Q♣, J♦, 10♠, 9♦, 9♣, 5♦, 5♠, 2♥, A♠

    Conditions: This is the ...

  • Complete Hand Example #16

    Player A – A♣, A♥, A♠, K♥, 10♣, 10♥, 9♥. 8♣, 4♦, 2♠, 2♥
    Player B – K♠, Q♥, 9♠, 7♥, 7♦, 5♣, 4♥, 4♠, 3♣, A♦

    Conditions: The knock card ...

  • Complete Hand Example #17

    Player A – J♥, 10♦, 9♦, 5♦, 5♠, 4♥, 3♥, 3♦, 2♣, 2♠, A♠
    Player B – 10♠, 8♣, 8♦, 7♠, 6♥, 4♦, 3♠, 3♣, A♥, A♦

    Conditions: The knock card ...

  • Complete Hand Example #18

    Player A – 10♠, 10♥, 10♣, 6♦, 5♦, 4♦, J♠, 7♣, 6♣, 5♠, A♠
    Player B – K♦, J♥, 10♦, 9♣, 8♠, 7♠, 7♦, 6♥, 5♥, A♥

    Conditions: Player B is ...

  • Complete Hand Example #19

    Player A – K♥, Q♠, J♣, J♦, 10♦, 8♥, 7♥, 7♣, 6♦, 2♣, A♣
    Player B – K♣, K♦, 10♠, 9♦, 9♣, 6♥, 5♣, 5♦, 2♥, A♥

    Conditions: This hand is ...

  • Complete Hand Example #20

    Player A – 9♠, 8♠, 7♠, J♣, 10♣, 9♣, J♠, 8♥, 3♥, 2♣, A♥
    Player B – 4♦, 3♦, 2♦, Q♣, J♦, 10♥, 4♥, 2♥, 2♠, A♣

    Conditions: This hand is ...

  • Complete Hand Example #21

    Player A – 5♣, 5♥, 5♠, K♣, Q♣, 10♠, 9♣, 8♠, 6♦, 3♥, A♥
    Player B – Q♠, Q♦, J♦, 8♥, 7♥, 7♦, 4♣, 4♦, 3♠, 2♦

    Conditions: In this hand, ...

  • Complete Hand Example #3

    Player A – K♣, K♦, J♣, J♦, 10♦, 10♠, 8♣, 4♦, 3♦, 2♠, A♣
    Player B – K♥, 8♠, 8♥, 7♠, 7♣, 6♣, 5♦, 4♣, 4♠, 3♠

    Conditions: The knock card ...

  • Complete Hand Example #4

    Player A – K♦, Q♦, 10♦, 10♠, 9♣, 8♣, 7♦, 7♠, 4♦, 3♦, A♦
    Player B – Q♣, J♣, 10♣, 9♦, 8♠, 8♥, 7♣, 6♣, 3♣, A♥

    Conditions: Opening deal of ...

  • Complete Hand Example #5

    Player A – K♠, J♠, 10♣, 9♥, 8♥, 7♣, 6♠, 6♦, 4♦, 2♣, A♠
    Player B – Q♦, Q♠, Q♥, 9♣, 7♠, 5♦, 5♣, 4♣, 3♥, 2♠

    Conditions: Opening deal of ...

  • Complete Hand Example #6

    Player A – K♣, K♥, J♥, J♦, 9♦, 7♦, 7♥, 5♦, 3♠, A♠, A♥
    Player B – K♦, Q♥, 10♠, 10♥, 9♠, 8♣, 5♥, 4♥, 4♦, 3♦

    Conditions: The knock is ...

  • Complete Hand Example #7

    Player A – K♠, K♦, K♣, 10♦, 10♣, 10♥, Q♥, 9♥, 7♥, 5♥, 2♥
    Player B – 7♣, 6♣, 5♣, J♦, 9♣. 8♠, 7♦, 6♥, 3♦, A♦

    Conditions: The knock is ...

  • Complete Hand Example #8

    Player A – 3♥, 3♣, 3♦, K♥, 10♦, 9♠, 8♣, 6♦, 4♦, 2♥, A♣
    Player B – J♣, J♦, 7♠, 5♠, 4♥, 4♣, 3♠, 2♣, A♥, A♠

    Conditions: This is a ...

  • Complete Hand Example #9

    Player A – 8♠, 8♥, 8♣, K♣, K♦, Q♦, Q♥, 7♠, 6♣, 5♣, A♥
    Player B – J♥, J♦, 10♦, 9♣, 9♥, 6♠, 5♠, 3♠, 4♦, 2♠

    Conditions: This is a ...

  • Setting Up the Typical Hands

    The casual player who reads through the playing and analyses of each of the following hands is sure to gain something at each point of decision. However, in order to ...

  • Typical Hands and How They Are Played

    One of the things that makes gin rummy the most interesting card game of all is the fact that there is no such thing as normal play of any given ...

 

Cheating at Gin Rummy

  • Card Manipulation

    Card manipulation is another technique that a cheater may employ in the game of gin rummy. It is relatively easy for someone to do with the proper amount of practice ...

  • Cheating at Gin

    No matter how skilled you are or may become in the game of gin rummy, you stand no chance against dishonesty. Granted, there are certain specific rules of the game ...

  • Cheating On the Score

    There is one particular type of cheating which, although it has no bearing on the actual play of a hand, can be very costly. This is cheating on the part ...

  • Cheating the Money Card

    The money card is another place where a dishonest scorekeeper can cheat. The money card is employed to keep track of the winnings and losing of each player in the ...

  • Illegal Hands

    It is true that on occasion a player may, accidentally, have an extra card in his hand. For instance, he may have been dealt 11 or 12 cards in error. ...

  • Protection Against Cheating on the Score

    The most obvious protection against incorrect score keeping is for each team to have their own scorekeeper, or failing this, to have the opposing team double check all of the ...

  • The Conspiracy Theory

    In addition to be cheated in play by an opponent, you can also be cheated by outsiders or people who observe your hand and inform your opponent’s of what you ...

  • The Counterfeit Meld or Count

    A person who has a counterfeit meld or count rarely does so on purpose, and most of the time it was an accident and he truly believe in what he ...

  • Ungentlemanly Conduct

    There are also methods of cheating called “coffee-housing” or ungentlemanly conduct. These methods tend to take advantage of factors not ordinarily considered proper in playing to win any gin rummy ...

Mathematics of Gin Rummy

  • Beating the Price

    One major factor that separates the expert from the good player is the ability to “beat the price”. This means that every single play in every hand from the first ...

  • Choosing the Right Discard Using the Safety Point Count System

    Using the safety factor point count system should be done in order to win the game obviously, but more so it should be utilized to help you figure out which ...

  • Condition of the Score

    Before you give full consideration to the offensive or defensive play of your hand, you have one other thing to consider. It is called the condition of the score. At ...

  • Keeping Under Count

    It cannot be stressed enough the importance of keeping under count. That means you need to reduce the point total in your hand so that even if your opponent should ...

  • Strategy Based On the Status of Your Hand

    As you know by now, at the deal, a hand may be considered a winning or losing one. If it is a winning type of hand, you should play it ...

  • Taking Full Advantage of the Odds

    Since gin rummy is a game of percentages and odds, an expert player takes advantage of any odds that favor him. However, there is no rule of thumb in the ...

  • The Basics of the Safety Factor Point Count System

    The calculations mentioned in the mathematic and odds article are gin mathematical problems and solutions, but they are not of great strategic value to the player in the game. In ...

  • The Mathematics and Odds of Gin Rummy

    When gin rummy became really popular in the 1970’s, there were some players who decided to do a little computer work on the actual mathematics and odds of gin rummy. ...

  • Using the Safety Factor Point Count System to Your Advantage

    This safety factor point count system that was previously described can be used to your advantage not only for proper defense, but also to enable you to determine your opponent’s ...

Middle and Late Play

  • Appraising Your Hand in Later Stages of the Hand

    While appraising your hand is important at any given moment in the game, it is especially important as you get down to the end of the hand. There are three ...

  • Middle and Late Play of a Gin Rummy Hand

    By now, it should be obvious that many gin hands are played on a purely mechanical basis. There are the so called “no-brainers”, in which play ends before any cards ...

  • Picking an Opponent’s Discard

    When you are down to approximately the last 12 cards, it is considered to be late play in the hand of the game. You should at this point make it ...

  • Playing For Gin – What Is Considered To be A Gin Hand

    When playing for gin, you need to remember that basically a hand does not become what is generally considered a gin hand until there are either nine melded cards, or ...

  • Reading Your Opponent’s Hand

    Reading your opponent’s hand, especially in middle to late stages of play, is a matter of skill which you need to build up over time. The beginner has virtually no ...

  • Underknocking in the Late Play of a Hand

    When you are knocked against, it is vitally important that you are able to read and alter your hand for the purpose of laying off to your best advantage. Underknocks ...

  • When to Knock in the Middle to Late Stages of the Hand

    In gin rummy, there is an old adage that many people still play by. It is “When in doubt – knock!” In the early play of any hand except if ...

  • When to Knock, Play for Gin, or Underknock

    The decision of when to knock, play for gin, or play for the underknock often depends on the condition of the score and on your hand.

    If you are on a ...

  • When to Throw an Add-on

    An add-on or a throw-in is any card discarded to your opponent with the full knowledge that it is a card that can be used by him to be added ...

  • Your Discards

    When there are about 12 cards remaining in the unused stock and you are approaching the late stages of a hand, you may have to make some choices about which ...

Offensive and Defensive Opponents

Opening Play

  • Discarding a Low Card

    When discarding, even on the first play, it is so important to not only consider just the discard that you are making now, but the discard you will make for ...

  • First Play of the Hand – Discarding a “Salesman”

    Discards are often used as salesmen throughout the game of gin rummy. A salesman is a card that is discarded when you want you opponent to give you another one ...

  • First Play of the Hand – The Basics of the Discard

    If you have been dealt to, then you will be the person who is making the first play. The first play consists of discarding one card from the 11 in ...

  • How to Appraise Your Hand – Part I

    One of the most important factors in playing better Gin Rummy is being able to evaluate your own hand, both at the time you received the deal, and also after ...

  • How to Appraise Your Hand – Part II

    We have looked at the basics of appraising your hand in order to recognize what type of player you need to be, and whether or not you will have a ...

  • Offensive and Defensive Value of the Cards

    The offensive and defensive value of the cards is in direct relation to how you are appraising your hand. You can immediately tell when you appraise your hand whether or ...

  • Opening Hand Example – Hand #1

    Dealt: K♥, J♥, 10♥, 9♥, 6♥, 6♠, 6♦, 7♦, 10♦, 8♣, A♠
    Knock: 8♦

    This hand is shown to better explain the opening hand discards and to see how a beginner, ...

  • Opening Hand Example – Hand #2

    Dealt: K♦, Q♦, 10♥, 10♦, 9♦, 8♣, 7♦, 6♠, 4♦, 3♦, A♠
    Knock: 8♦

    This hand is shown to better explain the opening hand discards and to see how a beginner, ...

  • Opening Hand Example – Hand #3

    Dealt: J♣, 10♣, 9♣, K♦, Q♠, 8♥, 8♦, 4♠, 2♣, A♥, A♠
    Knock: 8♦

    This hand is shown to better explain the opening hand discards and to see how a beginner, ...

  • Opening Hand Example – Hand #4

    Dealt: K♥, Q♣, Q♦, 10♥, 7♣, 6♣, 6♥, 5♠, 4♠, 2♣, A♦
    Knock: 8♦

    This hand is shown to better explain the opening hand discards and to see how a beginner, ...

  • Opening Hand Example – Hand #5

    Dealt: K♠, Q♣, 10♦, 9♣, 8♠, 7♥, 6♣, 5♦, 4♠, 3♦, A♥
    Knock: 8♦

    This hand is shown to better explain the opening hand discards and to see how a beginner, ...

  • Planning Your Strategy – Placement of Cards for the Score

    Even before a card is dealt, two of the most important considerations of gin rummy strategy come into play. They are the score, and the knock card value. The score ...

  • Planning Your Strategy – Playing To Gin

    Planning your strategy after knowing what your knock card is extremely important. Before you even pick up a card, you should know generally if you need to play offensively or ...

  • Planning Your Strategy – The Knock Card

    Now that you have your hand arranged to your satisfaction, a look at your cards should indicate to you whether you have what appears to be a winning or losing ...

  • Strategy of “Freak” Hands in the Opening Play

    Gin Rummy is undoubtedly a game of skill. It has three phases of play; the beginning or opening play, middle play, and late play. Although each has its own individual ...

  • The Pick in the Opening Plays

    The pick is the next phase of the opening play. This confronts the dealer who now has the opportunity to pick either his opponents discard or a card from the ...

  • The Strategy of Early Discarding

    The strategy of early discards is very important. It should be based primarily on whether your play is to be offensive or defensive at that particular moment. It also is ...

  • When You Are Dealt Cards That Are Combined

    This is something that happens more often then you may think. It is when you are dealt a hand in which every card in the hand is combined in some ...

Score Counts

  • Are The Odds In Your Favor?

    Since the laws of probability have already been discussed it is only fair to discuss the odds that have so much to do with the probability. Reviewing the basics of ...

  • Calculating the Total Score of the Game

    In calculating the total score of the game, you start with column one. This is taking into account that Player A won the game, but would simply be reversed if ...

  • Card Memory

    Having what is known as “card memory” is extremely important in the game of gin rummy because as the play progresses you are going to be in dire straights if ...

  • Luck and Skill

    Like all other card games, Gin Rummy consists of various elements of luck, as well as skill. However, this is a far greater element of skill in Gin than in ...

  • Mathematics and Skillful Play

    As we’ve stated before, the mathematics of gin are based primarily on the law of probability. Considering that you will play thousands and thousands of hands you are going to ...

  • Scoring in Gin Rummy

    The purpose of Gin is of course to win each individual hand, but the ultimate goal is to win the entire game. You do this through the individual hand scores ...

  • Scoring Individual Hands of a Two-Handed Game

    For this article the two players are identified as Player A, who is the scorekeeper and Player B who is considered the opponent. On the score sheet the first three ...

  • The Score and Counts

    The total score and count of each hand is extremely important obviously, but the score and count is equally as important in an incomplete game as well. This means that ...

  • The Score Sheet

    If you are planning on playing Gin Rummy competitively with people that regularly play then it is advisable to come prepared with a standard score sheet. This score sheet consists ...

  • The Scorekeeper

    In every game of Gin Rummy there must be a scorekeeper. This person is usually mutually decided upon by both players if there is a singles game and by all ...

  • Variations on How Gin Rummy Is Scored

    When Gin Rummy became popular in the 1930’s, the scoring of the game was extremely simple. A game consisted of only one column, and was only scored to 100 points. ...

  • Watching the Score

    When you are playing even the friendliest game of Gin Rummy, you must always take into consideration the state of the score with every play of a hand. This fact ...

  • Watching the “Safe” Count

    Once you completely understand and have mastered the calculation of counts, then you will be well on your way to being able to win at Gin Rummy. In head to ...