The name is a combination of the game names Gin Poker and Rum Poker.The modern version of Gin Rummy was created around the beginning of the 20th century by Elwood Baker. Many similar card games were played in saloons and were named according to the drinks being sold.
Gin Rummy is a two-player game in whichthe objective is to score an agreed numberof points before the opponent.
Gin Rummy began being played widelyin New York and was very popular during the Great Depression. It gained notoriety when it wasadopted by the famousmovie stars ofthe 1930s and 40s.
Other rummy games were created from Gin Rummy such as Contract Rummy, which evolved into Contract Bridge. Since then, a variety of rummy games have beenplayed such as Ten Steps, Anarchy, Bing Rumy, Florida Rummy and Shanghai Rum.
The game gained extensivepopularity when it was played by actors Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy in the Mike Nichols film "The Gin Game."
Gin Rummy can alsobe played online and is available on many card sites. Players can find partners and score points at any level. The pattern of the game is the same as when it was created by forming a matched set of cards.