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Beginner's guide to Knock Rummy Rummy
Jonathan Pereira
Posted on 24 Sep, 2020
By Jonathan Pereira
On 24 Sep, 2020
By Jonathan Pereira
On 24 Sep, 2020

Beginner’s guide to Knock Rummy

Playing cards have become an inseparable part of society, especially in India. The first references to playing cards was introduced in the 16th century by the Mughal emperors from Central Asia. Since then, these games have evolved in modern times and many new varieties of cards games have emerged. Today we will take a look at Knock Rummy and the basic rules of the game.


Knock Rummy is a variation of the popular rummy matching card game. In many forms of rummy, the ace cards may rank either high or low. In this variation the ace is ranked low and the king as the high card. The game is played with a standard 52 card deck amongst two to five players. Six players are possible but that reduces the amount of play. The objective of the game is to knock or stop the play, when your count of deadwood or unmatched cards is less than your opponents.


The dealer begins the distribution of cards with the player on the left.  When five or six play, each player receives six cards. When three or four people play, each receives seven cards and when two people each person gets ten cards. The remaining cards are placed face down forming the stock, the top card of the stock is turned face up. That card becomes the up-card. When two people play, the winner of deals next. When more than two play, the deal passes to next the player on the left. 


Knock rummy is much like Gin Rummy, except that players do not gin to stop the play. The players either draw or take the up-card, and then discard as in Rummy. A player knocks after drawing the top card from the stock or the top card from the discard pile, before discarding. Players do not meld cards on the table or lay off on each other’s melds.  Each opponent then separates their melds from unmatched cards and announces the count as well.


When you have the lowest deadwood count after knocking, you win the point difference at the table amongst the other players. If knock and rummy – all your cards are used in melds – you receive the point difference and a 25-point bonus from each opponent. 

Players who have scored less deadwood point as compared to you, will receive a 10 point penalty from you. Before the first hand, players determine the score needed to win the game. A player who has the same amount of points as you, he will collect the point different from the other players. If you knock and one or more opponents who have less deadwood points, the opponent with the lowest score receives the point difference from each player. If two players tie with equal points, they split the difference. When a player gets rid of all of their cards, the game comes to an end as they win the game.

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