Indian Rummy

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Indian Rummy (or Paplu) is a card game in India with little variation from original rummy. It may be considered a cross between Rummy 500 (500 rum) and Gin rummy. It is played with 13 cards and at least two decks, and sometimes jokers (wild cards). It could be that Indian Rummy evolved from a version of Rummy in South Asia that goes by the name "Celebes Rummy", also called Rhuk.

Two kinds of sets are possible: a run of consecutive suited cards, and three or four of a kind (with no duplicate suits.) The basic requirement for winning a hand is at least two sequences, one of which must be "pure", i.e., made without any jokers.

Legal status[edit]

Rummy has been declared by the courts of law to be a game of skill or mere skill. Games of skill or mere skill are excluded from the applicability of laws prohibiting betting and gambling ('Betting and Gambling' being a state subject under the Constitution of India) in all states to the exception of a few. However, the states of Assam and Orissa have not provided clear rulings on this matter and are thus ambiguous territories. Playing rummy online is also legal in India


Indian Rummy is similar to the standard Rummy game,[1] the only difference being the number of card dealt: a set of 13 cards is dealt to each player.

Every player picks/discards a card from the closed/open deck to complete sets and/or sequences in a clockwise turn of action.[clarification needed] The player needs to show the cards in hand by grouping them in sets/sequences to declare.

Once either player discards a card in the finish slot,[clarification needed] the game will end. The players needs to arrange the cards and then place them on the table to show their hands to other players. If the players hand meets the objective, he is declared the winner. If not, the opponent is declared the winner.

At the conclusion of the hand, the unmade points held by the losing players are totalled. Scoring is generally rounded off to the nearest five (for example, 62 points becomes 60).


In addition to the standard jokers in the deck, one player selects a card out of the stock. This card determines an additional set of jokers for that hand in the following manner:

  • The same rank regardless of the color.
  • The same rank but of opposite color known as opposite joker.
  • The next higher card of the same suit is called a "paplu". This card functions as a joker, but the holder is awarded an additional bonus from each player at the conclusion of the round. Generally, this is 10 points from each player (25 points if two paplus are held).

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  1. ^ "Indian Rummy: Paplu". Pagat. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Legal
  3. ^ Rules