Progressive Rummy Basics

The rummy card game is played around the globe, placing it on the map as the 3rd most played card game. But, did you know that this card game have several kinds being played? And each one has its own group of rules, and of course the regular rules apply too.

Like all rummy game types, progressive rummy have its own set of rules to follow. It is connected to contract rummy with minor differences. It is a rummy card game wherein a specific number of deals form a game and in each deal, a specific contract or agreed predetermined melds must be met in order to put down any cards. The difference that progressive rummy has with contract rummy is that each player is dealt with one more card per hand in each deal. As an example, in deal 1 a player is dealt 6 cards, deal 2 with 7 cards and so on. Also, progressive rummy requires players to specifically meet the contract for every meld which is 3 cards for a set and 4 cards for a sequence with no extra cards. So for the 6 cards dealt in deal 1, a player must have 2 sets (6 cards), in deal 2 1 set and 1 sequence (7 cards), deal 3 must be 2 sequences (8 cards), deal 4 is 3 sets (9 cards) until deal 7 with 12 cards for 3 sets. As you can see, the numbers of cards given represent the variety of combinations that are required for each player to win. There is also another kind of progressive rummy which runs up to 15 deals and a choice to purchase cards from the discard file. There is also a joker or a wild card a player can use to develop melds and series. The joker can be any card to complete the meld or sequence, and the player is required to say the suit and rank of the card being replaced by the joker. Adhering the contract allows the player to lay down extra cards to melds on the table. So laying requires a player to fulfill the contract first. At the end of a hand, the sums of all the cards on hand are tallied for each player, the lowest points acquired for the seven deals wins the game.

That’s a lot rules to adhere. And that makes progressive rummy much more complex and challenging.