Gin Rummy is the most popular form of rummy. It is a 2-player game that was created in 1909 by Elwood T. Baker (writer and producer of motion pictures) and his son, C. Graham Baker – with the intention of the game to be faster than standard rummy, but less spontaneous than knock rummy.
Objective of Gin Rummy
The objective in gin rummy is to score points and reach an agreed number of points or more, usually 100, before your opponent does.
You need to arrange your ten cards into spreads. There are two kinds of spreads: sets and runs.
* A run consists of three or more cards of the same suit in consecutive order, such as 4, 5, 6 or 8, 9, 10, J.
* A set is three or four cards of the same rank, such as 7, 7, 7.
A card can belong to only one spread at a time - you cannot use the same card as part of both a set and a run.
Gin Rummy uses a standard deck of 52 cards. In Gin Rummy cards in each suit rank, from low to high:
Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King.
The cards have values as follows:
Face cards (K,Q,J) 10 points
Ace 1 point
Number cards are worth their face value.