Rummy o Card Game

Rummy—The Card Game for Everyone

Rummikub is a game that traces its roots in Romania some 70 years back. Its rich history started with Ephraim Hertzano who had the idea of replacing cards in traditional card games with colored cubes. Ephraim, who was a merchant by trade, earned his living from manufacturing toothbrushes. On top of this, he also sold cosmetics and manufactured plastic accessories. During his time in the country, playing cards were not allowed which made his vision very difficult to set off.

The prohibition of card games in Romania was one of Ephraim’s reasons rack his mind for an authentic yet enjoyable game he could play with his family. The concept initially began with colorful numbers along with slotted wooden boards to hold the tiles. He wanted the rules to revolve around an existing card game they had all heard about, and he also knew so it would be fairly easy to understand and clutch the gameplay.

Another obstacle that faced Ephraim spelled financial trouble. Since times were hard for him back then, he had to be efficient enough to keep costs down. This is where he eventually came across a manufacturing shop in the country that recycled airplane cockpit canopies into toothbrushes, and he swiftly realized that it could be the material he needed for his game to come to life.

Right after that day, the first rummy tile emerged, and he immediately set forth in inviting his peers for an evening of a unique yet legal card game, without needing to use any cards at all. Word of the game easily sprawled the community as demand for his creation started to grow. His friends asked for the game while store owners were looking to sell the game to the public. Over time, Ephraim refined and perfected the game to better the rules and the materials itself. It was then and there where he coined the game Rummikub.

In the 1950’s he set foot in Israel with the hopes of getting the game to more individuals. Ephraim spends countless hours assembling each game by hand, buy sawing the small plastic materials, painting each tile by hand, and putting together the wooden game boxes.

Despite the small progress he made during the time, Ephraim continues on with his dream to create a game of his own. He urged shop owners and their friends to play as week as retailers, neighbors, and anyone looking for a nice way to pass the weekend. As time went by, it became a tradition while demand for the game started to become more relevant. This was when he realized that he had to expand his operations to accommodate the growing demand. What was once a small workshop turned into a large scale manufacturing business that is now one of the most advanced game production facilities.

The game may not look like it had potential back then, but Ephraim endured the hardship and jumpstarted the journey of what will be one of the most popular games today. His passion for the game set on long and challenging paths that soon hit the sights of millions of people around. Not only did he want his local community to benefit from the game, but he wanted it to reach worldwide acknowledgement that would catch the interest of Americans, Asians, and individuals from different continents.

In 1977, Ephraim’s dream turned into reality when Rummikub became the bestselling game of the year. Today, the game remains in the list of top 5 selling games in the world, and even though the game has been altered and transformed over the years, it still provided the nostalgic feeling provided by the original game. More than 30 million Rummikub games have been sold to date in 48 countries, across all continents and printed in 24 languages.