Rummy Betting

Published: 07/01/2013

It is believed that the card game known as “rummy” was invented in the 18th century, perhaps in China where a rummy-like game called Ma Tiao was popular in Shanghai. By the 19th century, a form of rummy was all the rage in New York, leading to the codification of rules for a version called “Gin Rummy,” still played widely to this day. Meanwhile, a 13-card form of the game caught hold in India, where it remains one of the country’s favourite pastimes.

All variations of rummy share the same basic structure of play. The object is to get rid of all of one’s cards before an opponent is able to do so. Cards can be disposed of either all at once, which is referred to as “Going Rummy,” or in stages, which is known as “Going Out.” The latter is accomplished by laying down sets or “melds” of cards at intervals. In Traditional Rummy, there are no restrictions on when melds can be laid down or matching cards added to existing melds.

Melds come in two varieties. A “run” is made up of three or more suited cards in sequence, such as the 6-7-8 of clubs or the 10-J-Q of hearts. A “match” is made up of three or more cards of the same value, such as three 6’s or four Kings.

On the Internet, a variety of rummy games have been developed for betting. At the site known as 32Red Rummy, for example, five different variations are available: Gin Rummy, Kalooki 51, Kalooki 40, Oklahoma Gin and Traditional Rummy. Much like an online poker room, 32Red Rummy hosts various tournaments, such as Quick Seat with a pair of opponents competing in 1~3 rounds of play, Single Table with 2~4 players and Multi Table, with large groups of players vying for rewards from a large prize pool.

RummyRoyal is a similar web site devoted to rummy, offering not only Gin, Kalooki 51/40 and Oklahoma but also Rummy 500, Turkish Rummy, Rummikub, Canasta, Burraco, Tripoley and even Mahjong. Meanwhile, India-based Rummy Circle offers tournaments and pools as well as heads-up play for Indian Rummy, 13 Cards, Gin, Kalooki, Oklahoma and 500. Other rummy sites include Ace 2 Three, GameAccount and Rummy Express.

Again much like poker, the best sites have options for Turbo Play to speed games along, guaranteed prize pools, rebuy opportunities for larger tournaments, freerolls and qualifiers. Some have beginners tables designed especially for new players to compete against other players of the same experience level. And of course there are promotions to induce players to sig up and remain loyal to the web site.

At 32Red Rummy, for example, there is a $200 Welcome bonus offered for a minimum deposit of $10. Bonus points are earned at a rate of one bonus point for every $1 paid in tournament fees. For every 15 bonus points earned, $5 is deducted from the bonus account and added to the player’s real-money balance until the full $200 welcome bonus is exhausted. Players have 30 days from the date of first deposit to earn as much of the $200 welcome bonus possible playing in real-money rummy games.

By comparison, RummyCircle offers free entry tournaments each month along with club bonuses for members, 20% extra cash payouts on Saturdays and special gifts called “Wednesday Surprises” that include branded wrist watches, multimedia speakers, Samsung mobile phones, cash and more. And Rummy Express has a £5 gift for new sign-ups with no deposit required, plus a 100% deposit match of £10~£zero.

Published on: 07/01/2013

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