How to Play Rummy 500
How to Play Rummy 500
It is important to learn the different kinds of sequences that are in play in Rummy 500. They are typical card game sequences–three of a kind, three consecutive, etc. You can also build on other players sequences to get rid of cards and score points. This is called “playing off” and is an important part of game play and strateg.
Rummy 500 Instructions
Rummy 500 uses an entire deck of cards. You can play Rummy 500 with between two and five players. The goal of Rummy 500 is to be the first player to score 500 points.
You score points in Rummy 500 by playing cards. Different cards and sequences have different values.
Rummy 500 Points
Any cards you play in a round of Rummy 500 is worth a certain number of points.
Next, you count the score of the cards remaining in your hand. Subtract the score of the cards remaining from the score of your cards played total. After you subtract, you have your final score.
Cards numbered 2 through 9 are worth 5 points.
10s, Jacks, Queens, and Kings are worth 10 points.
Aces are worth 15 points unless the ace is part of a suit with a 2 and a 3, in which case it plays the part of a numbered card, and is only worth 5 points.
If an Ace is placed off in a sequence, it is also only worth 5 points.
Your final score can be positive or negative. Negative scores are subtracted from a player’s overall score.
The first person to reach 500 or more points, wins the game. If two people reach 500 during the same hand, the player with the highest score total is the winner.
Rummy 500 Rules
Deal seven cards to each player.
Undealt cards are placed face down on the table for the stock pile. Flip the top stock card face up and start a stack next to the face down card.
Each player takes a turn, either drawing the top card from the stock pile or picking up cards from the discard pile.
That player can then play any of the other cards in his hand that make legal sequences.
Play ends by discarding. Discards have to be made face up so other players have a shot at them. Picked up cards can either be played in a series or among a series that already exists on the table.
A hand of Rummy 500 is finished when the first player discards their final card.
Scores are counted up and added to the previous score totals.
Rummy 500 Strategy
The most commonly used strategy trick in Rummy 500 is to pick up a large stack of cards from the discard pile to form multiple melds and sequences. You can really rack up a lot of points by doing this, if you can go out early enough to not have those cards count too badly against you.
Another great trick is to avoid playing Ace, 2, 3 sequences in favor of using the Ace as a much more valuable part of a face card sequence. By using your Aces when they’re worth triple points, you get to the final score of 500 faster.
Rummy 500 is a popular variation of Rummy that takes little concentration. It’s a great game for playing with drinks or at parties, as you can easily have conversations around the table as you play.