How to Play Rummy
Question
Once you have a valid meld lay the cards down __________ in front of you.
Hi, this Angela Dawn with About.com and today I'm going to show you how to play Rummy.

How to Set Up a Rummy Game

Rummy is a fun card game. There are various versions of Rummy and it is played differently according the players' preference of rules. Rummy can be played with two to six players. The number of cards dealt depends on the number of participants. Two players deal 10 each, three to four players deal seven cards each and five to six players will deal six cards each. The remaining cards go in the middle to form the stockpile. One card from the stockpile goes face up to start the discard pile.

How to Start Playing Rummy

The person to the left of the dealer starts the game and turns going clockwise from the first player. Each person must begin their turn by drawing a card. You may draw from the stockpile or the discard pile. A player's turn is not over until they have discarded one of their cards. If you drew only the top card of the the discard pile, you cannot discard that card in the same turn. You earn points by forming melds or laying off. Melds are three or more matching cards. You can match three or four of the same number as in three fives known as set, group or book, or three or more cards of the same suit known as a run or a sequence as in 2, 3, 4 of hearts.

Form Melds When You Play Rummy

Once you have a valid meld, you may lay them down face up in front of you. Laying off is playing off other players' melds. If a player has a 2, 3, 4 of hearts on the table you could lay off a 5 of hearts or an ace of hearts. You can also slap the deck and shout Rummy if you see a meld in the discard pile. You can then take the cards and add them to your stacks.

The Object of Rummy

The object of the game is to dispose of all the cards in your hand. To win the game you have to accumulate the most points, or be the first to get a set amount of points by the end of the game depending on how you are playing. The game is over once a person runs out of cards. If you place your last card in the discard pile, you are what's called "afloat" and must keep drawing until you can end the game by laying off or melding.

How to Score Rummy

Once the game has ended you tally up points. Face cards are worth ten points, number cards are worth five, and aces are worth fifteen points. If you have any remaining cards in your hand when the game ends, those points are deducted from your overall score. Thanks for watching! To learn more, visit us on the web on About.com.