Rummy is much loved because it is fun, entertaining and requires you to use your intellectual prowess to win. Over the years just like with anything popular, the game has spawned many variants depending on the place you play in. One such variant is Seven Cards Rummy.
Seven Cards Rummy, unlike its parent, is a more relaxed version of rummy. The simplicity and the ability to play quick games are the two main reasons why the game has garnered a following amongst beginners of rummy. Another reason why the game is popular is that there is no need to keep score while playing this game; it is played for pure fun.
The main objective of Seven Cards Rummy is to be the first player to make a matching combination or sequence. The combinations or the sequences can vary and range from anywhere between a straight of the same suit or a set of different suits altogether. The permutations and combinations of the variations are decided beforehand by the players.
The game begins when the dealer, who is chosen at random, deals seven cards to each player. The dealer has to distribute cards clockwise and all players have to keep their cards face down until the last card has been dealt.
The remainder of the cards are placed in the middle of the table where it’s visible to every player. The pile of cards is called “community” or the “stock”. For the game to proceed the topmost card from the community is picked and placed face up.
The player to the left of the dealer makes the first move and picks cards from the community to start making combinations. Players can also choose to discard the cards which then becomes the discarded pile.
In the later stages of the game, players can pick up cards from the discarded pile if they are confident that they can make a matching combination.
Once a player achieves an agreed upon matching combination, he is declared the winner and becomes inactive. The other players continue playing for second and third positions.
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