Kalooki 40

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For over 2 centuries now, the different variations of the family of Rummy games have been most popular among card game players around the world. One of the popular variants, especially in the UK is what we call at RummyRoyal – Kalooki 40.

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2 to 4 players can play this game, in a structure of a quick round, and elimination tournament. The winner of a hand is the first player to get rid of the all the cards in his hands by melding them all into sets and runs. The game progresses as the players make their turns according to a predetermined order. In every turn, a player will make both of these moves: drawing and discarding cards. A player can draw a cards from the either the stock pile or the discard, and must throw a card to the latter to complete his turn.

Different cards could be of different values to different players. It all depends on which sequence each of them is trying to achieve. To win the hand, players need to meld (make sets and/ or runs) all of the cards in their hand, and lay them on the meld area. It is most important that they leave one card unmelded, to discard at the end of their turn

Run – at least 3 sequential cards of the same suit

A set consists of 3 or more cards of the same rank:


Set – at least 3 cards of the same number but different suits.

A run consists of 3 or more consecutive cards of the same suit:


When a player wins the game by melding all of the cards in his hand, the defeated opponents all get penalty points. The penalty points are awarded in accordance to the value of the cards remaining in their hand at that time. Each card is worth its numeric value with the following exception: Royal cards are worth 10 penalty points each, Ace =11 and the Joker = 15. Penalty points determine the players’ rank in the game.

To learn more about the Kalooki 40 rules and its special scoring system go to our Kalooki 40 Rules page.

If you enjoy Kalooki 40, we recommend that you also try playing Kalooki 51.

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