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The game of Rummy 500 belongs to the Rummy family of games and many similarities can be found between this game and Traditional Rummy. However, there are a number of rules that distinguish this game from the other games belonging to the same family and make this game unique and exciting.
Rummy 500 Table
Rummy game is played by two players. If there are up to four players the game is played using one standard deck of cards including the 2 jokers.
The goal of the game is to be the first player to accumulate 500 points or more. The game play is made up of a number of rounds until a player reaches the 500 points bar. Each round player take their turn to draw and discard a card, while being able to meld sets or runs and build on existing melds between the two main playing actions. A card can be drawn from the main stock pile or from the pile of discarded cards. If a player chooses to draw a card from the discard pile they must take all of the cards that were discarded after that card as well from the pile and use the card he drew in a meld right away.
A round ends when one player has gotten rid of all of their cards or the stock pile ends and the player whose turn it is does not wish to take a card from the discard pile. When the round ends there is an evaluation of all of the cards for each player. Players receive positive points for the cards that they melded, and negative penalty points for the cards remaining in their hands. The game ends at the end of a round in which a player has successfully accumulated 500 points or more. In the case of more than one player with a score of 500 or more, the player with the highest overall score is declared the winner.
In Rummy 500 there is a special move named “Calling Rummy”. In the case that one of the players discards a card that can make up a sequence or can be added to an existing meld their opponent can call out “Rummy!”, draw the card, add the card to the meld and continue their turn. In order to call “Rummy”, one of the following situations must occur:
(1) A card that can fill in a valid meld or can be used to build on to an existing meld.
(2) The card discarded fills in a sequence with cards found in other players’ hands.
(3) In the discard pile there are two cards that along with the discarded card can be used to form a valid meld.
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