Essentials of Pool Rummy

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Pool rummy is an exciting variation of 13 cards rummy wherein players get knocked out after their scores reach the maximum points limit depending on the pool table they are playing on.

  • Popularly known as Syndicate, it is a multiplayer game that is played between a minimum of 2 players and a maximum of 6 players at the table.
  • The key objective of the game is to maintain the least score in each game.
  • The pool rummy game is available in three formats :- 101 Points, 201 Points and Best of 3.
  • The key difference between 101 Pool and 201 Pool is of the points. That is, 101 Pool rummy game is carried out till all the losing players hit 101 points while 201 Pool Rummy game is carried out till all the losing players reach 201 points.
  • Best of 3 is the game with three rounds wherein the player with the minimum points will be declared as a winner.
  • The main element that makes ‘Best of 3’ different from other two pool rummy formats is that there is no drop option. So, a player needs to play all the three rounds. Moreover, he/she can score a maximum of 80 points, and there exist a probability of a tie breaker.
  • There do exist a similarity between the three formats of Pool Rummy. The player with minimum points is declared the winner. Furthermore, the number of Jokers depend on the number of decks being used in the game. Suppose two decks will be used in the pool game, then there would be 2 printed Jokers and 7 wild card Jokers.
  • A valid show can be made when a player forms sequences and sets with all the cards in his/ her hand. To make a valid show, the player should at least make one pure sequence (without joker) and one impure sequence.
  • If there are 4 or 6 players on the table, then the player who crosses 101/ 201 points at the end of the deal is by default considered out of the game.
  • The game of pool rummy ends when there is only one player left on the table, and the points of that player should be below 101 or 201.

Thus, if you are planning to switch to pool rummy, then follow the above rules by heart to master the game and emerge as a long-term winning player.

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