Gin Rummy

Gin Rummy Basics For Dummies

Gin Rummy is one of the well-known Rummy game around the world. It is a game that has been present since the World War II, and continues its popularity among today’s civilization. Its fame reached a worldwide status and was known as the game for movie starts and Hollywood actors.

The game involves 2 players and a standard deck of cards with no jokers. The ranking of cards leaves kings the highest and ace as the lowest. Face cards count 10 points each; aces count 1 point; while all other cards count their face value.


To determine the first dealer, the deck is shuffled, and each participant draws a card from the deck. The player drawing the highest card has the choice of seats, and gives the choice of who deals first.

When the match begins, the dealer distributes the cards, one at a time, face down, first to his opponents and the last one to himself, until each player has a hand of 10 cards. The next card dealt, called the upcard, is placed face-up in the center of the table while the remaining cards of the deck is placed face-down right beside the upcard, and forms the stock.

The player’s objective is to form melds—also known as match sets—which are three or four cards of a single rank (e.g. 6-6-6), or a run of three or more cards of consecutive rank that holds the same suit (e.g. 3-4-5 of hearts).

On the first upcard, the non-dealer must choose whether or not he/she takes the exposed card. If the non-dealer decides not to get the card, he must say it, and the dealer is given the chance to take the upcard. If he passes on it, then the non-dealer draws the top card of the stock, and the play goes continues.

Each player’s turn begins by drawing a card from either the upcard or the top card of the stock while it ends by discarding one card by placing it face-up on the discard pile. If a player draws the upcard, he may not discard it during the same turn.


Knocking happens when a player will hold less than 10 points of cards that are not part of a meld—called deadwood—after discarding. When performing this action, a player places his final card face-down on the discard pile, then spreads his hand, arranged into melds and deadwood.

His opponent is then required to lay down his own hand, laying off any melds, as well as cards that connect with the knocker’s melds.


The player who first reaches 100 points is declared the winner, and scores a 100 point game bonus for doing so. If his opponent has not won any hand during the round, he scores an extra 100 point shootout bonus. Each player is then rewarded with 25 points for each hand they won during the game. Similar to any Titan Casino game, players of Gin Rummy are also subject to colossal winnings.

Players’ total scores are then calculated. The winner earns the difference between his current scorehand that of his opponent.

Scoring Rules

For each hand, scoring is based on the deadwood difference between the two hands. However, if the opponent had more melds and was able to lay off more points, he may end up with fewer points of deadwood than the knocker. This is referred to as an undercut, and earns the undercutter a bonus.

Meanwhile, the knocker may also earn a bonus if the knocker ends up with zero points of deadwood. This case is called a gin, for which he is rewarded with 25 bonus points.