Glossary of Rummy terms that every Rummy player must know

Want to experience thrill of the Rummy game but have absolutely no or very little idea about the gameplay? So why to take tension? We are here for you. We will help you in easy understanding of the major Rummy terms which as a player you should know. So let’s take a look towards the glossary of Rummy terms.


An arrangement of 3 or 4 cards of the same line up but from the different suits is known as sets.


Basically, sequence is an act of putting 3 or more successive cards of an identical suit in conjunction.  This can be further categorised as Pure sequence and impure sequence.

Pure Sequence

Pure sequence can be defined as an ordering of 3 or more successive cards of the same suit without inclusion of wild joker or printed joker in it.

Impure Sequence

Impure sequence can be defined as the ordering of 3 or more cards of the same suit with one or more Joker inserted in it.

Closed Deck

Initially, 13 cards are dealt to each player sitting on the table and after that the remaining cards are kept upside down, facing the table. This deck of cards is defined as closed deck and can be used at the time of picking the cards.

Open Deck

The cards discarded by the opponents at the time of playing the game are considered as the open deck. These cards are always visible to the players on the table and can be used by any player if required.

Finish slot

Once, the player has arranged all the 13 cards  in valid sets and sequences, you can make use of the finish slot to move the remaining extra card & declare the game.

Valid Declaration

When all the 13 cards are grouped into valid sets and sequences satisfying all the required conditions which includes at least 2 sequences out of which 1 compulsorily needs to be a pure sequence it is called as valid declaration.

First Drop

First drop is the drop where the player drops the game in it’s very first turn. But a penalty is given to the player if the player takes a drop and it results into the loss of 20 points.

Middle Drop

If after playing the first turn, a player drops the game, it is considered as middle drop. The middle drop results into the loss of 40 points.

Wrong Declaration

If a player takes off his/her hand without completing the requirements of the game then it is considered as a wrong declaration and it results into loss of 80 points.

Rummy points

Let’s understand the points calculation of Rummy game. The primary objective of the game is to maintain the lowest score, satisfy all the game requirements for a valid declaration to become a winner. A player should hold 0 points. So let’s take a look towards the points value of each card .

  • Ace, King, Queen & Jack cards carry 10 points each
  • The remaining cards carry points equal to their face value. For ex : An 8 of Diamonds will carry 8 points and a 4 of Hearts will carry 4 points.  
  • The joker card carries 0 points.
  • The loser can lose upto maximum  of 80 points.
  • If in case, a player fails to play for the 3 successive chances, the player will get automatically called off from the game with the points of Middle Drop.

This is all about the glossary of Rummy terms which every Rummy player should know before getting into the game.

Also Read : 11 rummy terms to know before playing online rummy

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