How Do You Play Gin Rummy?


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Gin rummy requires two players and a standard 52-card deck. The goal is to be the first to "go out" by forming matched sets or sequences. Players score points based on their hands, and the first to reach 100 points wins the game.

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Cards in Gin Rummy are ranked with the king high and the ace low. Face cards have a value of 10, the ace has a value of one, and all other cards hold their printed values.

The game begins with one player chosen to deal. The deal opens with the other player. Each player is dealt 10 cards and the remaining stock is placed face-down. The topmost card of the stock (the upcard) is then turned over.

The player who did not deal may take the upcard or refuse it. The dealer then has the option of taking it. The player who is not dealing then draws the top card of the stock. Players alternate turns drawing the top card of the stock and discarding one card from their hands (which becomes the new upcard).

As players draw cards, they attempt to form matched sets of the same rank or sequences of the same suit. Players may knock at any time if they have 10 or fewer unmatched cards. The opponent may then lay off any of her cards that fit with the knocker's sets. The player with the lower count in unmatched cards wins the difference between both player's counts, with the non-knocker getting a bonus of 25 points if she wins. The opponent cannot win if the knocker goes gin, which requires her to match all 10 of the cards she has laid down.

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