The most detailed introduction to the rules of Go Rummy.

Go rummy, also known as “Gin Rummy,” is a popular two-player card game that involves skill, strategy, and a bit of luck. Here’s a brief overview of the rules and how to play:


The goal of Gin Rummy is to form sets and runs with your cards and score points. A set is a group of three or four cards of the same rank, and a run is a sequence of three or more cards of the same suit in numerical order.


  1. Players: 2
  2. Deck: Standard 52-card deck. Jokers are not used.
  3. Deal: Each player is dealt 10 cards. The remaining cards form the stockpile, with the top card placed face-up next to it to start the discard pile.


  1. Turn Sequence:
    • Draw: On your turn, draw a card either from the stockpile or the discard pile.
    • Discard: After drawing, you must discard one card to the discard pile.
  2. Forming Sets and Runs:
    • Players try to form valid sets (three or four cards of the same rank) and runs (three or more consecutive cards of the same suit).
    • You can lay down your sets and runs on the table only when you are ready to “knock” or go “gin.”
  3. Knocking:
    • A player can knock when their unmatched cards (deadwood) total 10 points or fewer. Aces are worth 1 point, face cards are worth 10 points, and number cards are worth their face value.
    • To knock, discard a card face-down and reveal your hand.
  4. Gin:
    • If a player can form all their cards into sets and runs with no deadwood, they can go “gin.” Going gin earns a bonus.
  5. Scoring:
    • If you knock, your opponent can lay off cards onto your sets and runs to reduce their deadwood count.
    • The knocking player scores the difference between the deadwood totals. If the opponent’s deadwood is lower or equal, they score an undercut bonus.
    • Going gin scores 25 points plus the opponent’s deadwood total.
    • Play continues until a player reaches 100 points.

Strategy Tips

  • Keep track of which cards have been discarded.
  • Plan your sets and runs carefully.
  • Try to avoid giving away useful cards to your opponent when discarding.

Enjoy playing Go Rummy! If you need any more detailed rules or strategies, feel free to ask

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