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Differences Between Rummy and Gin Rummy

For centuries, people have loved and played rummy. Among the many popular variations of rummy are Shanghai Rummy, Contract Rummy, Dummy Rummy, Gin Rummy, Indian Rummy, and many more. However, do you know which variant of rummy received the most love and appreciation throughout the world? That’s Indian Rummy and Gin Rummy.

1. Number of Players

Indian Rummy is typically played by two to six players.

Gin Rummy involves two or four players.

2. Choosing the Dealer

Rummy: When you play rummy for cash or for free online, the cards are dealt automatically. Indian Rummy online does not have a dealer, but in the real-world game, a random dealer is selected for the first game/round, and the chance to deal cards rotates clockwise in subsequent games/rounds.

Gin Rummy: Players pick up cards from a shuffled deck, and the first player who deals cards is the one with the lowest value. This process is repeated after each hand. There is no automatic movement of the deal chance, unlike in Indian Rummy.

3. Game Objective

Whether you play free rummy or cash rummy, the objective in Indian Rummy is to arrange your cards in valid sets and sequences and get a zero score or get the lowest score in the pool rummy format of Indian Rummy.

Gin Rummy: The objective is to arrange your cards invalid sets and runs/sequences until a player lays down their hand after forming the necessary sets and runs.

4. Playing Cards

The basic Indian rummy rules state that each player draws a card from the closed deck or discard pile on each turn. The player discards a card to the discard pile after picking a card. In this case, however, a player cannot discard the same card to the discard pile in the same turn if they choose to draw the top card from the discard pile.

In Gin Rummy, the player who is not dealing chooses the topmost card from the open deck. The dealer has the opportunity to pick that card if the player declines. The non-dealing player may pick a card from the closed deck if the dealer does not want to pick it.

5. Scoring

In Rummy, each face card counts for 10 points, while each number card is worth its face value. A player loses the game by the total value of their unmatched cards at the time of declaration.

There are two ways to declare a hand in Gin Rummy. The first method is to declare the hand after arranging all the cards in sets and runs without any deadwood. In this case, the player scores 25 points for going gin.

The second way is by knocking. The player may choose to knock if the value of their deadwood cards is less than 10. The knocker’s score is equal to the difference between the knocker’s deadwood cards and the deadwood cards of their opponent.

6. Jokers

Jokers are used in Indian Rummy. A wild Joker is also selected randomly after the shuffle. All the cards with the same face value as the wild Joker but different suits become wild Jokers.

In Gin Rummy, no jokers are used.

7. Aces

Aces have both the lowest and highest value in Indian Rummy. Aces can form sequences with the 2 and 3 of the same suit or the Queen and King of the same suit.

Aces have the lowest value in Gin Rummy.


The number of cards used in Indian Rummy and Gin Rummy differs as well as the value of aces, the number of players, play, and scoring. Both games are exciting, but Indian Rummy is by far the most popular in India.

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